Africa's Voices is passionate about sharing our learnings on citizen engagement, research design and and digital data analysis. Here is a selection of resources and research reports for anyone interested in amplifying citizens' voices.
A pilot study to assess the value of interactive radio in improving public participation in Siaya County conducted jointly with the Centre of Governance and Human Rights (CGHR) at the University of Cambridge.
What do the citizens of Bossaso and Baidoa in Somalia think the role of the government should be in responding to the displacement crisis? See the findings of our interactive radio consultations in partnership with the United Nations Resident Coordinator Office in Somalia.
By Dr Sharath Srinivasan and Dr Claudia Abreu Lopes published in the International Journal of Communication. This article examines what drives audience participation in interactive broadcast shows, with implications for the democratic potential of these shows as spaces of citizen engagement and public discussion. It makes three contributions, the first two to audience and media studies and the last to political communication.
How can we put youth voices at the driving seat of programmes and policies for dignified work across Africa? In 2018, Africa’s Voices joined forces with the Mastercard Foundation to pilot an SMS-based two-way feedback and engagement platform to amplify the voices of African youth and place them at the heart of Mastercard Foundation’s youth employment programmes. Our Learning Report outlines how AVF designed and tested a prototype of this channel, and some of the insights that were learnt.
Explore highlights from 2018, the year that in many ways, defined Africa's Voices. In 2018, we raised the bar on the accountability of humanitarian actors to populations served in Somalia. We shaped a multi-year programme with social insights on barriers to girls education in refugee communities in Kenya. And we brought new community solutions for a displacement crisis to authorities in Mogadishu through citizen-authority dialogues.
This report outlines the first iteration of the Common Social Accountability Platform (CSAP), developed by
Africa’s Voices Foundation (AVF) and launched in partnership with ReDSS and the Banadir Regional Administration (BRA) in late 2018 with financial support from Danida, DFID and ECHO.
Based on research carried out in African countries by Cambridge's Centre of Governance and Human Rights, this interactive toolkit is full of tips and exercises to help radio hosts and producers create open, inclusive discussions that invite everyone to participate. It was designed by The Internews Center for Innovation and Learning.
This is an illustrated, accessible guide to research on interactive radio, from the Politics and Interactive Media in Africa research project (led by the University of Cambridge's Centre of Governance and Human Rights). It was created in partnership with The Internews Center for Innovation and Learning, The University of Nairobi and The University of Zambia.
Read the results of Africa's Voices pilot project in this research paper. Our goal was to practically assess the potential for interactive radio to gather and analyse opinions of harder to reach sub-Saharan African communities. We evaluated how best to work with small, rural radio stations, and the most effective approach to gathering public opinion.
To better understand who participates in media-driven public discussion and opinion-making, this working paper presents the results of a randomised household survey implemented in four constituencies in Kenya and Zambia, one urban and one rural constituency in each country.
Africa’s Voices’ Sharath Srinvasan and Claudia Lopes have contributed a chapter, to the ‘Voice and Matter‘ anthology brings together research that was presented at the fourth Ørecomm Festival in September 2014, and makes “important contributions to how we think about voice, power, technology, culture, and social change”.
How can organisations design programmes that are grounded in citizen's everyday realities? This in-depth interactive page explores Africa's Voices approach, focusing on health-related research with UNICEF Somalia. Discover our innovative method and key insights into citizen's beliefs on immunisation and HIV/AIDS.