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Research Horizons from the University of Cambridge

Our interactive radio project in Uganda has been featured in a magazine that celebrates research at Cambridge University. Exploring the socio-cultural side of complications in pregnancy, this research was in collaboration with Dr. Annette Nakimuli (Makerere University) and Prof. Ashley Moffett (Cambridge). In the article, they describe their genetic research into pre-eclampsia, and how an...

Baseline research for Oxfam in Kenya

What are the opinions, knowledge and beliefs of Kenyan citizens about tax? What do they think are the government’s roles and responsibilities for tax justice, budgeting and public service delivery? With radio stations in Nairobi, Turkana, and Wajir, we gathered the views of over 550 people using interactive radio and SMS (from 35 counties, mainly...

Winner of MRS President’s Medal 2016

Africa’s Voices has won The Market Research Society (MRS) President’s Medal, for our work with UNICEF Somalia. It is awarded annually to an organisation or individual that has made an extraordinary contribution to research. Our Director, Sharath Srinivasan, says: “To be recognised by the Market Research Society with the President’s Medal so early on in our journey...

Featured on the LIDC blog

The London International Development Centre (LIDC) facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration between the London colleges and worldwide to help address global development challenges. Africa’s Voices’ Rainbow Wilcox was recently invited to contribute to the LIDC blog. Using our pilot project with UNICEF Somalia as an example, the article looks at how our approach about more than the data, but...

Africa’s Voices tools reveal new norms

Our collaboration with Well Told Story has led to the development of a unique new tool, which helps to analyse online conversations with ever-growing precision. Already we’ve gained insights into exactly how collective discussions can lead to normative shifts among youth in East Africa. For example, we found that during Well Told Story’s pro-contraception campaign, more...

Voice & Matter

Africa’s Voices’ Sharath Srinvasan and Claudia Lopes have contributed a chapter, titled ‘Africa’s Voices Versus Big Data? The Value of Citizen Engagement through Interactive Radio’, to the ‘Voice and Matter‘ anthology. The volume brings together research that was presented at the fourth Ørecomm Festival in September 2014, and makes “important contributions to how we think about...

Africa’s Voices is a proud GPSDD Data Champion

The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD) is an open, multi-stakeholder network that harnesses the data revolution for sustainable development. Africa’s Voices recently joined this unprecedented network as a ‘Data Champion’. We commit to sharing our learnings with the GPSDD partners on how best to gather, analyse and amplify citizen-generated data. See more Data Champion...

Featured in The Polio Network

Organisations that have taken up the challenge of eradicating polio share ideas and successes on The Polio Network. This is a sub-community of The Communications Initiative Network, which brings together communication and media development, and social and behaviour change actors. Africa’s Voices project with UNICEF Somalia was recently featured in the forum: “the pilot project demonstrates the value...

Hay Festival 2016

Africa’s Voices’ Director led a panel at The Hay Festival 2016 with Well Told Story‘s Rob Burnet and iamtheCODE founder Mariéme Jamme. When this century began, one per cent of Africans had mobile phone subscriptions. Only 15 years later, it’s 40 per cent. “Big changes in communications parallel big changes in society, in economics and in politics,” Sharath began,...

ICT4D conference: Innovation to Impact

The annual ICT4D Conferences in Nairobi are an opportunity to share experiences in using ICT to increase the impact of development programmes. This year, 750 individuals from 76 countries and 320 organisations explored ways to harness digital solutions to achieve the SDGs. Our Head of Research & Innovation, Dr. Claudia Lopes, presented two sessions at...
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