Capacity strengthening in responsible artificial intelligence (AI) research in Africa: AI for Development research lab in Anglophone Africa
To realize the potential of Artificial Intelligence for Development in Africa (AI4D), local, relevant, and multidisciplinary research is essential to deepen our understanding of responsible artificial intelligence (AI) in the African context. This project seeks to strengthen the capacity of public universities to conduct high-quality, multidisciplinary research in this field. It will establish an AI4D research laboratory that engages in multidisciplinary research, teaching, and scholarship on responsible AI for development.
Specifically, the lab will seek to strengthen research and teaching capacity in responsible AI across Anglophone Africa through mentorship, community building, and equitable distribution of high-quality teaching and training materials. It will increase understanding of how to advance responsible, multidisciplinary, and gender-inclusive research methodologies and training capacity. It will also explore how to support AI deployment and commercialization from academia to the private sector.
This project is part of the AI4D in Africa program dedicated to improving the quality of life for all, in Africa and beyond, by partnering with the continent’s science and policy communities to leverage AI through high-quality research, responsible innovation, and talent strengthening. This project is part of the “building talent” pillar of the AI4D Africa program and constitutes a key component of the strategy to build a vibrant AI4D ecosystem in sub-Saharan Africa. The AI4D Africa program is a joint endeavour of IDRC and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency.