Are you already participating in the GIZ AI4D African Language Dataset Challenge on Zindi? Do you want to make Natural Language Processing (NLP) work not just in English but in African languages? Are you curious about NLP in low-resourced languages and would like to know more about collecting the necessary language datasets?

Then it is our pleasure to invite you to the first webinar of the AI4D Africa Webinar Series on Natural Language Processing in low-resourced languages and collecting language data in African languages.

The webinar features speakers from Masakhane and University Saarland, Ghana NLP, University of Cape Town, Instadeep and DFKI. Further information about the webinar and its programme is available in the attached agenda.

The webinar will take place via Microsoft Teams on 3 July 2020, from 14:00 to 16:00 pm Central African Time/CEST/UTC+2.

We have also prepared a short quiz, so you can test your knowledge in advance – Maybe you are already an NLP expert? Find it out here.

In order to participate in this free online event, please register here.

About the new AI4D Africa Webinar Series

The AI4D webinar series provides a unique opportunity to share, discuss and build on ongoing research and practice in using AI for fostering development in Africa. The objective of this series is to support the growing community of practitioners, academic, and policy makers from across Africa who are interested and engaged in the application of AI4D in Africa and in opening up AI development for the public good. Each monthly webinar will focus on a specific AI4D topic, ranging from Natural Language Processing (NLP) for under resourced African languages to AI policy issues and government readiness.

The webinar series will culminate in a physical conference in 2021 for the African AI4D community which will provide an opportunity to continue sharing experiences as well to create new partnerships and collaborations. The webinar series is organized by the International Development Research Center (IDCR), GIZ’s “FAIR Forward – Artificial Intelligence for All” initiative and Mozilla


Invited & Contributed Talks

14:00-14:10Welcome Address
  • Kathleen Siminyu, Regional Coordinator of AI4D
14:10-14:30NLP research in low-resourced languages
  • Cristina Espana i Bonet, DFKI
14:30‑14:45Yoruba and beyond: NLP from an African perspective
  • Jesujoba Alabi, DFKI
14:45 ‑15:00

Ensuring good text quality in African language datasets

  • David Adelani, Saarland University & Masakhaneop

Language data for African language

  • Andrea Lösch, DFKI
15:25-15:55Discussion round: Data collection in Europe and Africa
  • Moderator: Andrea Lösch, DFKI