Resources

Resources

Africa’s Voices is passionate about sharing our learnings on citizen engagement and data analysis. Below is a selection of free resources for radio presenters, researchers, and anyone else interested in amplifying citizens’ voices.

Interactive Radio! A Toolkit for Stations

Interactive radio is hugely popular across the African continent and beyond. Yet it is common for participation to be skewed, with the most active participants being male, more educated, wealthier, and younger than the general population. As a result, some groups are under-represented and their voices unheard.

A new toolkit, designed by The Internews Center for Innovation and Learning, and in partnership with Africa’s Voices, is full of tips and exercises to help radio hosts and producers create open, inclusive discussions that invite everyone to participate.

The toolkit is based on research carried out in African countries by Cambridge’s Centre of Governance and Human Rights. But it can be used to improve radio engagement and inclusion anywhere in the world.

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Screen Shot 2015-06-23 at 15.26.29RadioActive! The story of Interactive Radio in Africa

Linked to the above resource is an illustrated and accessible guide to research on interactive radio. Developed in collaboration with Africa’s Voices, the guide is based on findings from the Politics and Interactive Media in Africa research project (led by the University of Cambridge’s Centre of Governance and Human Rights). It was created in partnership with The Internews Center for Innovation and Learning, The University of Nairobi and The University of Zambia.

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Research paper by Dr Claudia Lopes and Dr Sharath SrinivasanResearch paper: Mobile phones and radio in Africa

We invite you to read the results of Africa’s Voices pilot project in this research paper. Our goal was to practically assess the potential for interactive radio to gather and analyse opinions of harder to reach sub-Saharan African communities. We evaluated how best to work with small, rural radio stations, as well as the most effective approach to gathering and measuring public opinion.

Included in the paper are discussions about the methodological and ethical challenges of using ICT and interactive media for collecting public opinion.

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