This workshop is part of a global AI4D initiative, which we expect will help shape the use of AI in the global south, mainly through strengthening regional networks and advancing global thematic initiatives (please see IDRC’s white paper for more information about the AI4D).

The workshop will bring together machine learning and artificial intelligence (ML/AI) practitioners from research communities across Africa and the world to collaboratively design activities that will strengthen the work of African AI4D of researchers, policy-makers and practitioners.

In collaboration with African researchers and other key stakeholders, we expect to co-design a program of activities that will foster the spread of AI applications for social good, while supporting the development of solutions and capacities that ensure AI applications are inclusive, open, and rights-based.

The intention of the workshop is to:

  • Scope out the African ML/AI landscape
  • Provide inputs for an African AI research and capacity building roadmap, and
  • Support the development of cross-continent cooperation on AI for sustainable development.

It is anticipated that the outcome of the workshop will be a Network of Excellence on AI for sub Saharan African researchers who focus on applications, research and capacity building relating to AI and human development.

Organizing Committee

  • John Shawe-Taylor, UNESCO Chair in Artificial Intelligence, Director K4A, Head of Computer Science Dept. University College London
  • Davor Orlic, COO, Knowledge 4 All Foundation
  • Fernando Perini, Senior Program Officer, International Development Research Centre
  • Ruhiya Seward, Senior Program Officer, International Development Research Centre
  • Kathleen Siminyu, Head of Data Science, Africa's Talking
  • Isaac M Rutenberg, Strathmore Law School, Strathmore University
  • Robert Muthuri, Strathmore Law School, Strathmore University
  • Bhanu Neupane, Programme Specialist, Knowledge Societies Division, CI Sector UNESCO