Apps: The Afro Revolution

Adam Bychawski | The Guardian | August 25, 2012

Five mobile apps that are putting key information into the hands of ordinary Africans


With the tagline of "Fix my Community!" this Kenyan initiative allows citizens from its own country, as well from Uganda and Mozambique, to report local and regional issues via SMS and the web that ought to be of government concern. Problems brought up by Huduma users include broken water-pipes in slums, teaching misconduct in schools, intransigence in the court system and lapses in local policing.


With a bulging youth population and millions of internet users, young, tech-savvy citizens are the target audience of BudgIT in Nigeria, where d. Decades of corruption and mismanagement in Africa's largest oil producer have seen billions of petrodollars disappear each year. BudgIT attempts to shine a light into the financial black hole and improve transparency by making government statistics readily available and understandable...