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AVF’s response to COVID-19 in Somalia | Reflections from our Programme Officer

Following the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic in Somalia in March 2020, AVF launched Risk Communication and Community Engagement (RCCE) response and Social Behavior Change Communication (SBCC) campaign, to address the norms that undermine the fight against the pandemic. According to the responses received, the campaign has been described as informative by the host communities. We...

School reopening is right but guarantee learners’ safety

The Covid-19 outbreak overwhelmed the functioning and outcome of the country’s education system. The closure of schools, compounded by economic and public health crises, posed major challenges to parents, students and teachers. Adapting to the pandemic has been a challenge for schools as the sector lacks sufficient infrastructure and human resources to support learning and...

Adopt citizen-centred programmes for better outcomes

Service delivery to members of the public is at the heart of any agency. The quality and type of service delivered goes a long way in shaping citizens’ perceptions and trust towards the provider, both within and without the government. Citizens expect services that are responsive to their needs and their views. They want transparency...

RCCE: PERCEPTIONS, MISINFORMATION, AND CONCERNS IN AFRICAN COUNTRIES IN THE TIME OF COVID-19 – WEBINAR

29 April 2020 Our co-founder Dr Sharath Srinivasan joined a prestigious panel of humanitarian practitioners to discuss understanding the concerns, perceptions, and misinformation barriers to practicing preventative behaviours in Sub-Saharan Africa in the wake of COVID-19 and what can be done to address them. Dr Srinivasan joined Kathryn Bertram, READY / Johns Hopkins Center for...

Our response to COVID-19 in Kenya | Meet our expert radio guest, Dr Moses Masika, Virologist, University of Nairobi

On March 8th, we launched a collaboration with Radio Africa Group to air Public Service Announcements (PSAs) and interactive radio shows to provide immediate  high-quality public health content, establish a trusted communications space and garner rapid social insights for future content. we have been drawing on the expertise of Dr Moses Masika, a Virologist at...

Trusted two-way mass and individual health communications and rapid socio-epidemiological insights to support the COVID-19 public health response in Kenya

Containing and stopping the new coronavirus pandemic requires equitable access to trusted, reliable information. Nonetheless, rapidly informing and empowering communities to stay healthy and safe as we combat the outbreak is only one part of the story. Any effective public health response will require an elaborate understanding of people’s perceptions around risk and preparedness to...

Remembering Peter da Costa

The Board of Trustees and leadership of Africa’s Voices are deeply saddened by the passing of Dr Peter da Costa. Peter joined our Board only recently, but he was a longstanding friend and advisor of Africa’s Voices from its very beginnings in 2015. He was a real believer in our mission and in our ability...
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Valuing Voices: Pushing the Boundaries of Feedback

Africa’s Voices helps government decision-makers, development agencies, service-providers and humanitarians design programmes that are grounded in people’s everyday realities. We do this by combining interactive media, mobile technology, and cutting-edge data and social science to listen intelligently to citizen feedback. Since Africa’s Voices earliest days as a pilot research project at the University of Cambridge, we have...

Interdisciplinary, ethical AI. Reflections on AVF’s presentation at the University of Cambridge by Dr Laura James

A real highlight this week was a talk by Luke Church and Sharath Srinivasan of Africa’s Voices Foundation. It is a rare delight to see a genuinely interdisciplinary presentation, combining computer science  and social science perspectives – and to have speakers recognise that the audience likely understood terms such as ‘integrity’ very differently. Both speakers brought...

Innovations Series: Targeted Behaviour Change Messaging

In response to the humanitarian emergency in Somalia in 2017, AVF developed an innovative system and workflow for targeted behaviour change messaging. Through this process AVF categorised SMS messages sent in to interactive radio programmes reporting barriers to adopting life-saving behaviours, such as water treatment and exclusive breastfeeding. Then, AVF delivered tailored responses to affected...
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