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Why are girls dropping out of secondary school in Kenya?

It’s April 2017, and DJ Bling and Bonoko at Ghetto Radio, Nairobi, are on air discussing the challenges faced by school-going girls while on their period. They are joined by a guest, Teresa, who is a trained counsellor on Sexual and Reproductive Health issues working with LVCT Health. They have been reading out the following...

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...

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...

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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