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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...

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...
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