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
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.
Africa’s Voices Director, Dr. Sharath Srinivasan, gave a talk on 8th February for Founders’ Pledge. This organisation encourages founders of technology start-ups to pledge a percentage of their success to charities upon selling their company. The meeting’s theme was Human Rights. Other speakers include: 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).
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.