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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...

Digital Exclusion in Communicating with Disaster Affected Communities

In late May, the Communication with Disaster Affected Communities Network held its annual global forum in Nairobi. More than 160 participants from over 20 countries came together to discuss the challenges facing aid professionals in the context of the digital era and advent of new technologies. Specifically, the discussion centred around digital exclusion as an...

How digital platforms are building community trust in local government in Somalia

This is a guest post by Isatou Batanon, Social Policy Specialist, UNICEF Somalia. It first appeared on UNDG Silo Fighters. Somalia is slowly emerging from decades of conflict, recurrent drought and mass population movements, and is currently on a trajectory towards greater peace and stability. A federal structure has been in place since 2012, with the...

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...
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