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Spotlight Session on Research in Emergencies with DFID & The British Council

With a regional community of practitioners, including academics and experts, Dr. Sharath Srinivasan discussed innovative solutions to filling the evidence gaps on education in conflicts and protracted crises. The community of practice event was organised by the UK’s Department for International Development’s (DFID) central Education Research Team and took place in the British Council offices in...

DEVtalk at the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID)

Last week, we were invited to DFID to lead a ‘DEVtalk’ — a seminar for their global team on initiatives in the development sector. From their London office, DFID colleagues from around the world joined in person or virtually to hear our Director, Dr. Sharath Srinivasan, present on the “New advances in putting citizens’ voices...

Data Science Africa 2017: Machine learning for targeted communication in emergencies

Africa’s Voices researcher, Rita Zagoni, recently attended ‘Data Science Africa 2017’ in Arusha, Tanzania. The conference aims to encourage African researchers to engage with big data and real-time analytics for public good. A two-day workshop (20-21st July) invited participants to discuss the applications of data science methods to the African context, and Rita presented on...

ESRA conference: Applications of Big Data to Social Sciences

On 17th July, Africa’s Voices’ Dr. Claudia Abreu Lopes, led a workshop on the Applications of Big Data to Social Sciences at the 7th conference of the European Survey Research Association in Lisbon. Presenting alongside Well Told Story’s Research Lead, Dr. Anastasia Mirzoyants-McKnight, Claudia used examples from Africa’s Voices projects in Kenya and Somalia to...

Webinar: Farm, Community, and Participatory Radio

In June, the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) hosted a webinar on ‘Farm Radio, Community Radio and Participatory Radio’ as part of a series on Communications in Agriculture, and focused on the challenges and opportunities of working with interactive radio. Impact, Learning, and Communications Manager, Rainbow Wilcox, joined the session to share AVF’s learnings...

Winner of Shuttlesworth Foundation Flash Grant

We’re thrilled to announce we have won a Shuttleworth Foundation Flash Grant! These grants are awarded by nomination only, from Shuttleworth Fellows, to individuals they would like to support/reward/encourage in their work for social good. Dr. Sharath Srinivasan, representing Africa’s Voices, was nominated by Gavin Weale of Livity Africa — who we worked with in the run-up...

TICTeC: The Impacts of Civic Technology Conference 2017

Since 2014, Africa’s Voices and Well Told Story (WTS) have worked together to develop a set of social change metrics within the digital space that can sidestep the many fallibilities of traditional monitoring and measurement. AVF Director, Dr. Sharath Srinivasan, together with Rob Burnett of WTS, presented ‘Monitoring and Measuring Social Change’ at the annual TICTec conference, showcasing...

Design tips for interactive radio projects

Learning is core to Africa’s Voices development and innovation. Recently with our partner, Oxfam Kenya, we reflected back on the challenges and lessons learned from our interactive radio project that sought to understand peoples’ motivations for paying taxes and their perceptions of the quality of public services. In Oxfam’s write up of the discussion are suggestions for improving the...

Development is Going Digital

The World Bank states that we’re “in the midst of the greatest information and communications revolution in human history”. Harnessing ICT for development can be transformative — yet pitfalls exist. “SMS surveys are cheap, easy and accessible, and reach a large number of people quickly. But many surveys are implemented without testing or providing enough...

Founders Pledge Dinner, ‘Human Rights: Empowering Local Voices with Tech & Data’

Our Director, Dr. Sharath Srinivasan, set the scene at the Founders Pledge meeting on Human Rights. This organisation encourages founders of tech start-ups to pledge support to charities. Other speakers included Catherine Zennström (Zennström Philanthropies), Regan Ralph (The Fund for Global Human Rights), Patrick Ball (Human Rights Data Analysis Group) and Oren Yakobovich (Videre est Credere). Watch Sharath’s presentation
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