Listen Intelligently

Africa’s Voices is a non-profit research organisation spun out of the University of Cambridge. We believe that listening to citizens is at the heart of responsive and effective development and governance. Combining technology, media, and data analysis, we leverage new opportunities of the digital revolution to generate rich insights and amplify diverse, local voices.

About Africa's Voices

What we do

Projects

After a successful pilot project with UNICEF Somalia, Africa’s Voices has extended its partnership to deliver more interactive radio seasons (8-10..

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The DREAMS Challenge called for innovative solutions to help reduce HIV/AIDS infections among adolescent girls in 10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Trócaire..

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In collaboration with the University of Cambridge, Africa’s Voices will conduct research into the socio-cultural factors related to the prevention..

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Ideas

I have been preoccupied with the phrase “valuing voices” ever since the earliest days of Africa’s Voices as a pilot..

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It’s April 2017, and DJ Bling and Bonoko at Ghetto Radio, Nairobi, are on air discussing the challenges faced by..

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This summer, Africa’s Voices was lucky to have two computational linguistics interns join our team. Gladys Tyen built on a web-app..

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News

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Spotlight Session on Research in Emergencies with DFID & The British Council

With a regional community of practitioners, including academics and experts, Dr. Sharath Srinivasan discussed innovative solutions to filling the evidence gaps on education in conflicts and protracted crises. The community of practice event was organised by the UK’s Department for International Development’s (DFID) central Education Research Team and took place in the British Council offices in Nairobi. Other presenters included Dr Sara Ruto (Uwezo) and Dr Phil Evans (DFID in Somalia).

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DEVtalk at the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID)

Last week, we were invited to DFID to lead a ‘DEVtalk’ — a seminar for their global team on initiatives in the development sector. From their London office, DFID colleagues from around the world joined in person or virtually to hear our Director, Dr. Sharath Srinivasan, present on the “New advances in putting citizens’ voices at the centre of policy and programme design.” Sharath began the presentation by highlighting how Africa’s Voices spun out of research, at Cambridge’s Centre of Governance and Human Rights, that was partly funded by DFID.

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Data Science Africa 2017: Machine learning for targeted communication in emergencies

Africa’s Voices researcher, Rita Zagoni, recently attended ‘Data Science Africa 2017’ in Arusha, Tanzania. The conference aims to encourage African researchers to engage with big data and real-time analytics for public good. A two-day workshop (20-21st July) invited participants to discuss the applications of data science methods to the African context, and Rita presented on the uses of machine learning for delivering targeted communications during emergencies.

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