Africa's Voices began as an applied research pilot at CGHR in 2012 and 2013. In late 2014, it was spun out as an independent non-profit organisation and registered UK charity. CGHR's Director, Dr Sharath Srinivasan, and CGHR Research Associate, Dr Claudia Abreu Lopes, are closely involved in the spin-out, and have built active and ongoing research links between Africa's Voices Foundation and researchers in Cambridge University, from linguistics and psychology to physics and computer science.
Please visit www.africasvoices.org
Below, the documentation for the original CGHR pilot is preserved for the record.
"All over Africa, radio stations encourage their listeners to participate in discussions on development and governance issues. Interactive programmes allow citizens to debate issues that matter to them and to engage leaders directly, considerably improving accountability mechanisms. But Africa’s voices remain confined to local or at best national levels. Can we generate a continent wide dialogue? Do Africans share the same preoccupations? Today’s political, economical, environmental and social issues have regional and international dimensions: what about their solutions? Why should continental discussions be confined to Heads of State conferences?
Africa’s Voices is contributing to enhancing citizen-based continental dialogue, building upon the existing enthusiasm around interactive radio in Africa. By not only collecting views from all across the continent but also providing analysis by researchers with specialist expertise, this pilot will offer first hand material for innovative radio programs that will put local communities’ views in a continental perspective. It aims to become a major collaborative platform that will enhance debate, discussion and knowledge on Africa’s public opinions."
A Short Film on the Africa's Voices pilot
When Dr Abreu Lopes travelled to Malawi, Zambia and Kenya for fieldwork in May 2013, she was accompanied by filmmaker Dr Dominique Chadwick who produced a short film about Africa's Voices. Featuring footage of radio presenters, listener groups and interactions between the two, the film gives an insight into the world of Africa's Voices in Malawi and Zambia.
Spin-out launched: Africa's Voices Foundation Ltd
CGHR Director, Dr Sharath Srinivasan, spoke about the launch of Africa's Voices Foundation at the Cambridge-Africa Research Day in November 2014.