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First steps toward the Global South AI readiness index

Map displaying the results of Oxford Insights' 2017 Government AI Readiness Index
Map displaying the results of Oxford Insights’ 2017 Government AI Readiness Index

Oxford Insights are working with AI4D to create a unique Government AI Readiness Index, to provide an overall estimate for how prepared each country’s national government is for implementing AI in public service delivery. It comprises a set of input metrics, ranging from in-country digital skills and government innovation to existing data capabilities.

The Index highlights which countries have some way to go before they are ready for the AI revolution, and identifies possible areas of improvement for every Global SOUTH government, regardless of ranking. More news about the index coming soon!

Call for papers for IJCAI workshop on development and AI

IJCAI workshop on Artificial Intelligence and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
IJCAI workshop on Artificial Intelligence and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Partners in the Network of Excellence in AI in sub-Saharan Africa have had a sucessful submitssion to the 28th International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, one of the most relevant AI conferences in the AI community. The workshop we are designing is titled Artificial Intelligence and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and will take place on August 10-16 2019, Macao, China. We welcome your EasyChair submissions here!

 

 

 

AI4D presented to 195 UNESCO Member States

Davor Orlic presenting AI4D at UNESCO Conference “Principles for AI: Towards a Humanistic Approach?”
Davor Orlic presenting AI4D @ UNESCO Conference “Principles for AI: Towards a Humanistic Approach?”

We presented the AI4D initiative and specifically the African Network of Excellence with great feedback at the UNESCO global conference “Principles for AI: Towards a Humanistic Approach?”. Building on its record of multi-stakeholder consultation and consensus building, UNESCO brought together stakeholders from the public and private sector, technical community, media and academia, civil society and international organizations. Our presentation came first at the “Challenges and Opportunities of AI panel “describing how development of artificial intelligence in Africa offers both opportunities and challenges as it concerns the global goals for sustainable development.

Positive feedback to Network idea in Morocco

Ruhiya Kristine Seward, Senior Program Officer, Technology and Innovation, International Development Research Centre
Ruhiya Kristine Seward, Senior Program Officer, Technology and Innovation, International Development Research Centre

The Forum on Artificial Intelligence in Africa at the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Benguérir, Morocco was the first public event where the AI4D project was presented to the public. The two members of the AI4D team Davor Orlic from the Knowledge 4 All Foundation and Ruhiya Kristine Sewardfrom IDRC did a great job at presenting at the plenary session Universal Access to Information and Knowledge, and Artificial intelligence in Africa. The event also formulated an outcome statments available here.

New research on Global South emerging areas in Artificial Intelligence

 

A developing countries map of talents, players, knowledge and co-creation hot spots in AI
A Global South map of talents, players, knowledge and co-creation hot spots in AI

A recent mapping of AI talents, actors, and knowledge hot spots in the Global South illustrates the extent to which universities, start-ups, and other sectors already engage with AI across Africa. Now, in collaboration with Knowledge 4 All Foundation and the new UNESCO Chair in AI at University College London, IDRC will fund a series of consultations and workshops to build a network of AI researchers and innovators in sub-Saharan Africa. A critical focus for this network will be how AI can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Check the complete report here.