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 provided Well Told Story with deep insights into their programme’s impact on addressing contraception issues amongst youth.
Africa’s Voices’ Director led a panel at The Hay Festival 2016 with Well Told Story‘s Rob Burnet and iamtheCODE founder Mariéme Jamme. When this century began, one per cent of Africans had mobile phone subscriptions. Only 15 years later, it’s 40 per cent. “Big changes in communications parallel big changes in society, in economics and in politics,” Sharath began, during a lively discussion on innovative uses of digital technologies across the continent.
The Responsible Data Forum recently launched an e-newsletter, which delivers curated links and updates from the responsible data community. The latest edition featured a blog post by Africa’s Voices about getting data protection right, and our lessons learned along the way. “In being candid about what we do and the challenges we face, we hope to open up a dialogue about best practice in terms of the contexts and participants we work with.”
Africa’s Voices was invited to present at the Oxford Internet Institute‘s ICT4D series, which is reflecting on the influence of new communication technologies on development processes. Claudia Abreu Lopes and Sharath Srinivasan presented on where Africa’s Voices’ strengths and weaknesses lie in terms of avoiding key pitfalls of power and knowledge hierarchies in Big Data and Human Development.