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TICTeC: The Impacts of Civic Technology Conference 2017

Since 2014, Africa’s Voices and Well Told Story (WTS) have worked together to develop a set of social change metrics within the digital space that can sidestep the many fallibilities of traditional monitoring and measurement. AVF Director, Dr. Sharath Srinivasan, together with Rob Burnett of WTS, presented ‘Monitoring and Measuring Social Change’ at the annual TICTec conference, showcasing...

Design tips for interactive radio projects

Learning is core to Africa’s Voices development and innovation. Recently with our partner, Oxfam Kenya, we reflected back on the challenges and lessons learned from our interactive radio project that sought to understand peoples’ motivations for paying taxes and their perceptions of the quality of public services. In Oxfam’s write up of the discussion are suggestions for improving the...

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...

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

Infographic: Interactive radio in Somalia

The success of our project with UNICEF Somalia relies upon our dynamic and collaborative partnership with MediaINK and their network of 26 radio stations across Somalia. Through geospatial analysis, we’ve discovered that these weekly interactive radio programmes cover 50% of Somalia and reach up to 70% of the population! The below infographic celebrates this partnership, using our...

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...

Africa’s Voices Recognised for Groundbreaking Research

Africa’s Voices Foundation receives the President’s Medal at the 2016 Market Research Society Awards. The Prestigious prize recognises extraordinary achievement in social and market research. Africa’s Voices is pleased to announce that it has received the prestigious Market Research Society’s 2016 President’s Medal for its pioneering work using digital communications to gain insights from hard...

Baseline research for Oxfam in Kenya

What are the opinions, knowledge and beliefs of Kenyan citizens about tax? What do they think are the government’s roles and responsibilities for tax justice, budgeting and public service delivery? With radio stations in Nairobi, Turkana, and Wajir, we gathered the views of over 550 people using interactive radio and SMS (from 35 counties, mainly...

Winner of MRS President’s Medal 2016

Africa’s Voices has won The Market Research Society (MRS) President’s Medal, for our work with UNICEF Somalia. It is awarded annually to an organisation or individual that has made an extraordinary contribution to research. Our Director, Sharath Srinivasan, says: “To be recognised by the Market Research Society with the President’s Medal so early on in our journey...

Featured on the LIDC blog

The London International Development Centre (LIDC) facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration between the London colleges and worldwide to help address global development challenges. Africa’s Voices’ Rainbow Wilcox was recently invited to contribute to the LIDC blog. Using our pilot project with UNICEF Somalia as an example, the article looks at how our approach about more than the data, but...
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