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
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.
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.
On 17th July, Africa’s Voices’ Dr. Claudia Abreu Lopes, led a workshop on the Applications of Big Data to Social Sciences at the 7th conference of the European Survey Research Association in Lisbon. Presenting alongside Well Told Story’s Research Lead, Dr. Anastasia Mirzoyants-McKnight, Claudia used examples from Africa’s Voices projects in Kenya and Somalia to discuss the limitations of big data, and provided practical guidance on the preparation and analysis of big data-sets.