Artificial intelligence (AI), often in combination with other technologies, can play an essential role in helping countries in sub-Saharan Africa to achieve their development goals. However, there are critical gaps that inhibit the integration and adoption of AI technologies in a responsible manner. Challenges include a skills gap driven in part by weaknesses in undergraduate and postgraduate programs at technical universities seeking to support the necessary skills to drive innovation and ensure uptake.
In order to support the development of a sustainable approach to nurturing local talent to engage in multidisciplinary, responsible AI research and innovation, this project will support the development of a Responsible AI Lab (RAIL). The lab will engage in AI research and innovation with a focus on women that responds to capacity requirements of the public and private sector. More specifically, the lab will seek to deepen our understanding of how to develop and apply responsible AI tools for the advancement of computer, biomedical, agricultural and ecological sciences; strengthen national and international collaboration of public universities with the private sector; and strengthen capacities in the responsible utilization of AI in support of the most vulnerable communities in Ghana, Senegal and the sub-region.
This project is part of the four-year Artificial Intelligence for Development Africa (AI4D Africa) partnership between the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and IDRC to support policy, innovations and expanded leadership that will spur responsible AI development in Africa. The mission of the program is to improve the quality of life for all in Africa and beyond by partnering with Africa’s science and policy communities to leverage AI through high-quality research, responsible innovation and strengthened talent.
- Jerry John