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Africa’s digital age presents new opportunities for gathering and analysing citizen voices to benefit the empowerment and development of poor and vulnerable populations. By translating research on innovative context-relevant social and data science methods into a successful spin-out UK charity, the interdisciplinary Africa’s Voices research programme brings together researchers in the humanities, social sciences and computer science to support the delivery of impactful solutions for its partners in countries ranging from Kenya and Uganda to Somalia and South Africa. To date, these partners include UNICEF, Oxfam, Troicaire, Well Told Story, World University Service Canada and MasterCard Foundation. Practical and applied innovations are turning citizen engagement (to date, over 200,000 citizen opinions) into robust evidence that supports strong citizen–government relations and the delivery of more thoughtful, timely and accountable services. Strong demand for AVF’s solutions leaves it poised for greater impact in achieving global development commitments to inclusive citizen engagement and to leaving no one behind.  


Africa’s Voices emerged out of four years of research at the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Governance and Human Rights (CGHR), on Politics and Interactive Media in Africa. With strong interest from initial collaborators, in 2014 Africa’s Voices launched as an independent, non-profit research organisation and registered UK charity. Its core funders and supporters include The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The David and Elaine Potter Foundation, and The Cairns Charitable Trust.