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
We’re thrilled to announce we have won a Shuttleworth Foundation Flash Grant! These grants are awarded by nomination only, from Shuttleworth Fellows, to individuals they would like to support/reward/encourage in their work for social good. Dr. Sharath Srinivasan, representing Africa’s Voices, was nominated by Gavin Weale of Livity Africa — who we worked with in the run-up to the municipal elections in South Africa last year to listen to young peoples’ views.
Since 2014, Africa’s Voices and Well Told Story (WTS) have worked together to develop a set of social change metrics within the digital space that can sidestep the many fallibilities of traditional monitoring and measurement. AVF Director, Dr. Sharath Srinivasan, together with Rob Burnett of WTS, presented ‘Monitoring and Measuring Social Change at the annual TICTec conference, showcasing learning and insights from listening intelligently.
Learning is core to Africa’s Voices development and innovation. Recently with our partner, Oxfam Kenya, we reflected back on the challenges and lessons learned from our interactive radio project that sought to understand peoples’ motivations for paying taxes and their perceptions of the quality of public services. In Oxfam’s write up of the discussion are suggestions for improving the gender balance of participants and some takeaway project design advice.