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Big Data, Human Development and Valuing Voices

Africa’s Voices was invited to present at the Oxford Internet Institute‘s ICT4D series, which is reflecting on the influence of new communication technologies on development processes. Claudia Abreu Lopes and Sharath Srinivasan presented on where Africa’s Voices’ strengths and weaknesses lie in terms of avoiding key pitfalls of power and knowledge hierarchies in Big Data and Human Development. Watch the video...

Researching socio-cultural drivers via innovative methods

As part of the King’s College and Cambridge-Africa seminar series, Claudia Abreu Lopes presented the method and insights from our research project in Uganda. Recruiting interactive radio and SMS technology, Africa’s Voices collected and analysed citizens’ beliefs on the causes of complications during pregnancy and at delivery, to help shape context-specific health interventions for Ugandan women. Event details

Africa’s Voices opens Nairobi office!

We’re happy to announce Africa’s Voices has officially opened our East Africa office in Nairobi, Kenya. Currently based at The Garage//Westlands, our permanent presence in Nairobi will allow us to deepen our partnerships and enhance our impact in the region. George Kaburu, Africa’s Voices Head of Performance, is managing and growing our East Africa office and team....

The Ethics of Big Data

Africa’s Voices presented the first in a series of workshops about the ethics of big data at the Centre of Social Sciences and the Humanities (CRASSH) in Cambridge. We discussed data protection principles and how these apply to the development sector, as well as our own data protection procedures. At the heart of our data...

Policy making in an era of big data

The availability of large datasets, and the tools to link and analyse them, offer huge potential to improve the delivery and implementation of public services. A new publication from Cambridge’s Centre for Science and Policy presents 10 perspectives on this potential, as well as the associated practical and ethical challenges. Featuring Africa’s Voices’ Sharath Srinivasan and Claudia Lopes....

A toolkit for interactive radio shows

How can interactive radio make space for all voices? Together with the Internews Center for Innovation & Learning, Africa’s Voices developed a toolkit to help radio presenters create lively, inclusive and open debates with their audience. Designed for stations in the African continent, the toolkit is based on robust research from the Centre of Governance and Human Rights, and is free to download....

Connecting research to the real-world

Academia has the greatest impact when it connects to the real-world. Cambridge’s Centre of Governance and Human Rights leads this approach with its innovative, outward-looking work. For its fifth anniversary, the University’s alumni magazine features the most ambitious initiative from the centre – Africa’s Voices. Read more

Politics in a Digital Society

Common concerns about the growth of digital society include state uses (security) and capital (profit). Sharath Srinivasan, director of Africa’s Voices, suggests another concern we should be paying attention to: “We need to focus on how the digital affects politics.” Watch an interview with Sharath as he discusses these issues at the Center for Media, Data...

A big conversation on big data

Big data and data mining open up new opportunities to increase safety as well as raise the voices of the powerless and marginalised. But many are concerned that the availability of personal details could also threaten our privacy. Director of Africa’s Voices, Sharath Srinivasan, joins in a conversation about big data on BBC World Service’s The Forum,...

“Africa’s airwaves are abuzz with debate and discussion”

“Cambridge researchers are pioneering new ways of harnessing the political power of radio and text messaging to give citizens greater say in how their countries are governed” reports journalist Becky Allen. Discover what Africa’s Voices learned while gathering local opinions via African radio stations and mobile phones, and read about our partnership with IBM in Nairobi. Read the article
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