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
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.
In June, the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) hosted a webinar on ‘Farm Radio, Community Radio and Participatory Radio’ as part of a series on Communications in Agriculture, and focused on the challenges and opportunities of working with interactive radio. Impact, Learning, and Communications Manager, Rainbow Wilcox, joined the session to share AVF’s learnings and experiences, and the potential our approach to a range of research themes, including health, governance, and agriculture.