Centre Director Dr Sharath Srinivasan and CGHR Research Associate Claudia Abreu Lopes presented on CGHR's pilot study, Africa's Voices, at a November meeting of the King's/Cambridge-Africa Seminar Series. The Cambridge-Africa Programme providing a forum for Africa-focused Cambridge researchers across a range of subject areas to share their work with colleagues researching similar interests.
Speaking on the subject of Africa's digital communications revolution, Dr Srinivasan and Dr Abreu Lopes drew on insights from the pilot to outline how the Centre is exploring ways to innovate technologically and methodologically to reconceptualise and analyse ‘public opinion’ in ways that value voices in their natural forms of expression. With industry collaborations (IBM Research Lab Africa, FrontlineSMS, Internews), CGHR is developing an innovative new social research platform that can be used by practitioners, policymakers and researchers.
Africa’s Voices is an applied research project at CGHR, and part of a wider research programme on ‘African politics and the digitally-mediated public sphere’. During its pilot year, Africa’s Voices worked with 9 radio stations in eight African countries, gathering and analysing SMS texts on interactive shows on agreed topics. You can read more about the project here.