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Using digital communications to close the humanitarian governance gap

The extended drought in Somalia continues to have a devastating impact across the country. Since early 2017, when the crisis deteriorated and the threat of famine loomed, the number of people in emergency level of food insecurity (IPC Phase 4) has increased to 866,000. Over the same period, over 1,159 people lost their lives in...

Valuing voices in the digital age

I have been preoccupied with the phrase “valuing voices” ever since the earliest days of Africa’s Voices as a pilot research project at the University of Cambridge. It has all sorts of meanings and motivations: a call to arms, an ethical commitment, a cautionary counsel, a methodological challenge amidst data revolutions, a test for people...

Interactive Page: Engaging Somali people to amplify their voices

How can organisations design programmes that are grounded in citizen’s everyday realities?  Click through to open an in-depth interactive page on Africa’s Voices approach — with a focus on health-related research with UNICEF Somalia. Open  Spend some time discovering our innovative method and analysis techniques, as well as the key insights into citizen’s beliefs on...

Why are girls dropping out of secondary school in Kenya?

It’s April 2017, and DJ Bling and Bonoko at Ghetto Radio, Nairobi, are on air discussing the challenges faced by school-going girls while on their period. They are joined by a guest, Teresa, who is a trained counsellor on Sexual and Reproductive Health issues working with LVCT Health. They have been reading out the following...

Computational linguistics at AVF: Two interns share their experiences

This summer, Africa’s Voices was lucky to have two computational linguistics interns join our team. Gladys Tyen built on a web-app for crowdsourcing sentiment analysis, and Lis Kerr worked on a governance project with Well Told Story. Here they share what they got up to, and the challenges and achievements along the way. Gladys: Let’s teach...

Introducing CODA: A tool for data analysis

To draw meaningful insights from thousands of text messages in low-resource languages is difficult. To tackle this challenge, we’ve collaborated with the University of Cambridge to develop tools that help to streamline our data analysis approach. Here, Professor Alan Blackwell from Cambridge’s Computer Lab explains the inner workings of one such tool: CODA. CODA is...

Africa’s Voices Academy 2017

We invite you to join us for Africa’s Voices inaugural Academy. Our senior researchers will deliver practical and engaging training sessions on the opportunities of the digital revolution to gather citizen-generated data, and cutting-edge research techniques to generate rich insights. Africa’s Voices is committed to sharing our learnings, growing the capacity of others, and demonstrating the...

What drives the gender digital divide?

For many of us reading this, the digital realm seamlessly integrates with most aspects of our lives: we rely upon the internet for work, our phones to connect, and a multitude of digital services to inform and empower us. It’s so pervasive, that we rarely consider how access to the digital world confers power, and...

In the shadow of digital culture: Reflections on the ICT4D conference 2017

The ICT4D Conference is one of the biggest annual events that brings together a motley crew of public, private, and civil society organisations to discuss all things related to technology in development. Over four days of presentations, workshops and panels, hundreds of participants from the humanitarian and international development community mingle together to share ideas...

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...
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