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Can interactive radio support a more just tax system in Kenya?

Taxation is an important pathway to reduce poverty and inequality. Recognising this, Oxfam in Kenya is advocating for a more progressive, transparent and accountable tax and expenditure regime — leading to a better mobilisation of tax revenue and improved public services. Such an ambitious endevour requires working with all involved: citizens and civil society organisations to realise their...

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...

How many people do Africa’s Voices’ radio programmes reach in Somalia?

For the dissertation part of my MSc in Geospatial Analysis at University College London, I completed an exciting project with Africa’s Voices. After two years of learning theory and doing coursework, it was fantastic to be able to focus on a single project and put everything I had learned to good use. Somalia is a...

Infographic: Take your power to the polls

Africa’s Voices partnered with Livity Africa to understand the impact of their #2X campaign on young South African’s propensity to vote. Learn more with our infographic below! (click on the infographic to open and zoom)

How to teach a robot Sheng

Gladys Tyen and Walter Myer are students of computational linguistics at the University of Cambridge, who joined Africa’s Voices for a summer internship. They developed machine learning techniques and a crowdsourcing web app that will help us to analyse text messages in dialects and slang like Sheng. Here, they explain their tasks, experiences, and successes as Africa’s...

Video: Our solutions to the challenges of citizen-generated data

On Monday 27 June, Africa’s Voices presented how we overcome three common challenges that many organisations working with citizen-generated data face. The presentation was broadcast online for DataShift’s community call (webinar). We discussed: how Africa’s Voices builds and sustains citizen engagement during interactive radio projects, how we gather and analyse local language data, without relying on translation,...

Citizen-generated data – a game changer for development?

After a week in Bogotá at the International Civil Society Week, Rainbow Wilcox (Impact Officer at Africa’s Voices) reflects on how data generated by citizens can create new opportunities for monitoring and achieving development goals. [View the story “Citizen-generated data – a game-changer for development?” on Storify]
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Getting data protection right

At Africa’s Voices, we deal with unstructured digital data from diverse and often marginalised members of East African societies. We are able to reach these citizens through interactive media and mobile technology, and analyse their input to help media and development organisations understand, engage with, and respond to their needs. This puts us in the...

How not to lose unique voices in big data

Kavita Ramakrishnan, an Africa’s Voices researcher, helped Well Told Story to analyse thousands of text messages that the Kenyan media company had received from their fans on the topic of contraception. Here, Kavita reflects on a framework developed for this project that ensures unique voices don’t get lost in big data, and are considered a valuable asset to analysis. Harnessing meaning...

Africa’s Voices Methods and Approaches

Radio forums, both national and local, are powerful tools for discussing issues affecting people’s lives. Many listeners participate using SMS texting – a rich source of data which, if analysed with care and using sophisticated techniques, can provide invaluable insights into changes in the audience’s beliefs and opinions. These changes can be readily linked to socio-demographics (i.e....
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