IDRC and Sida are seeking applications from individual researchers to undertake a 12-month Professional Development Award (PDA). The recipient will be based in IDRC’s Nairobi office and will receive additional support to advance research focusing on responsible AI for development in Africa, while also contributing to the development and management of the AI4D Africa program.
The Artificial Intelligence for Development in Africa (AI4D Africa) program envisions a future where AI empowers Africans to have a more prosperous, inclusive, and greener future. It is a partnership between the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC). Launched in 2020, the 4-year program will support the development of an artificial intelligence (AI)-ecosystem engaged in responsible, African-led, AI for development and application that contributes to sustainable development outcomes such as better financial security, health, governance, and inclusion. More specifically, the initiative will target funding towards achievement of the following three specific objectives:
- Catalysing the responsible development and scaling of AI innovations that solve development challenges;
- Increasing evidence-informed AI policy and regulations that support responsible AI development at sub-national, national, regional levels; and
- Building the talent and capacity that supports the local design, development, and deployment of responsible AI4D innovations at the appropriate scale.