Listen Intelligently

Listening to citizens is at the heart of responsive and effective development and governance. Combining technology, media and data analysis, our methods listen intelligently to amplify diverse, local voices.

About Africa's Voices

Africa’s Voices is a non-profit research organisation spun out of the University of Cambridge. We leverage new opportunities of the digital revolution to converse with and listen to African citizens.

In interactive, local language media forums we spark inclusive discussions and invite audience opinions via new technologies, including SMS and social media. We analyse this digital, citizen-generated data using multi-disciplinary techniques. Our rich insights into the shifting attitudes and beliefs in society support organisations to understand, better engage with and appropriately serve target populations.

What we do

Projects

After a successful pilot project with UNICEF Somalia, Africa’s Voices is delivering three more interactive radio seasons (8-10 weeks each) to..

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In partnership with Livity Africa, we are gathering and analysing the voices of young South Africans to amplify their priorities..

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Since 2014 Africa’s Voices has been working with Emmy-award winning Well Told Story. We’ve been analysing the thousands of messages they..

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Ideas

In May 2013, Claudia Abreu Lopes (Head of Research at Africa’s Voices) travelled to Malawi, Zambia and Kenya for our pilot..

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‘RadioActive! The Story of Interactive Radio in Africa’ is an accessible and engaging starting point for radio stations to create..

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On Monday 27 June, Africa’s Voices presented how we overcome three common challenges that many organisations working with citizen-generated data..

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News

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Africa’s Voices is a proud GPSDD Data Champion

The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD) is an open, multi-stakeholder network that harnesses the data revolution for sustainable development. Africa’s Voices recently joined this unprecedented network as a ‘Data Champion’. We commit to sharing our learnings with the GPSDD partners on how best to gather, analyse and amplify citizen-generated data.

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Featured in The Polio Network

Organisations that have taken up the challenge of eradicating polio share ideas and successes on The Polio Network. This is a sub-community of The Communications Initiative Network, which brings together communication and media development, and social and behaviour change actors. Africa’s Voices project with UNICEF Somalia was recently featured in the forum: “the pilot project demonstrates the value of Africa’s Voices approach as a tool for remote monitoring”.

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Hay Festival 2016

Africa’s Voices’ Director led a panel at The Hay Festival 2016 with Well Told Story‘s Rob Burnet and iamtheCODE founder Mariéme Jamme. When this century began, one per cent of Africans had mobile phone subscriptions. Only 15 years later, it’s 40 per cent. “Big changes in communications parallel big changes in society, in economics and in politics,” Sharath began, during a lively discussion on innovative uses of digital technologies across the continent.

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