Africa’s Voices emerged out of four years of research on politics and interactive media in Africa led by our co-founder, Dr Sharath Srinivasan and our first head of research and innovation, Dr Claudia Abreu Lopes, at the Centre of Governance and Human Rights (CGHR), University of Cambridge.
In late 2014, Africa’s Voices launched as an independent, non-profit organisation and UK-registered charity. Our initial funders and supporters were The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The David and Elaine Potter Foundation, Linklaters, The Cairns Charitable Trust, and the University of Cambridge.
Africa’s Voices grew rapidly in its first five years, and now has its primary office in Nairobi, Kenya. It maintains a presence in Cambridge but today it is Africa-based and African-led. We maintain close academic links with the University of Cambridge, and continue to collaborate with researchers to bring about innovative interdisciplinary approaches to accountable governance and social change grounded in citizen voice.
In five years, we have amplified the voices of over 400,000 citizens in evidence-to-action programming in Somalia, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, and Cape Verde on priorities ranging from public health, education and agriculture, to youth employment, local governance, gender equality and humanitarian response.