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 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

Dr Jeunese Payne is a Psychologist and Researcher at Africa’ Voices, responsible for evaluating bespoke research tools and software, and training..

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The success of our project with UNICEF Somalia relies upon our dynamic and collaborative partnership with MediaINK and their network of..

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Taxation is an important pathway to reduce poverty and inequality. Recognising this, Oxfam in Kenya is advocating for a more progressive,..

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News

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Development is Going Digital

The World Bank states that we’re “in the midst of the greatest information and communications revolution in human history”. Harnessing ICT for development can be transformative — yet pitfalls exist. “SMS surveys are cheap, easy and accessible, and reach a large number of people quickly. But many surveys are implemented without testing or providing enough context, or with badly designed questions”, says Africa’s Voices’ Dr. Claudia Abreu Lopes for a piece of research by Oxfam into ICT4D projects in the Horn, East, and Central Africa region.

Open the research paper

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Founders Pledge Dinner, ‘Human Rights: Empowering Local Voices with Tech & Data’

Our Director, Dr. Sharath Srinivasan, set the scene at the Founders Pledge meeting on Human Rights. This organisation encourages founders of tech start-ups to pledge support to charities. Other speakers included Catherine Zennström (Zennström Philanthropies), Regan Ralph (The Fund for Global Human Rights), Patrick Ball (Human Rights Data Analysis Group) and Oren Yakobovich (Videre est Credere).

Watch Sharath’s presentation

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Research Horizons from the University of Cambridge

Our interactive radio project in Uganda has been featured in a magazine that celebrates research at Cambridge University. Exploring the socio-cultural side of complications in pregnancy, this research was in collaboration with Dr. Annette Nakimuli (Makerere University) and Prof. Ashley Moffett (Cambridge). In the article, they describe their genetic research into pre-eclampsia, and how an understanding of related socio-cultural factors could help to save lives.

Open up Research Horizons on pages 22-25.