Understanding the role of artificial intelligence for development in Latin America

Artificial intelligence (AI) is poised to enhance productivity and innovation around the world. Its influence will be widespread because it can be integrated and applied to almost any activity that involves information and communication technologies. The expected benefits promise to be transformative, but the negative repercussions could be magnified in developing countries, where the livelihoods of many people are precarious and social institutions can be fragile.

In an effort to improve understanding of how to ethically and equitably implement AI in the development context, this project will work with governments in Latin America and the Caribbean to produce the knowledge necessary to create better informed AI policies and institutions. The initiative will also engage and support government AI projects by building evidence that supports the goal of inclusive AI solutions and scales them across the region. The knowledge produced by these activities will be used to build the capacity of key actors in the AI ecosystem in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Coordinated by the Latin American Initiative on Open Data, a regional “think and do” tank in Uruguay, and the Centro de Política Digital para América Latina, Asociación Civil in Mexico, this grant will contribute to building the foundation of an inclusive, ethically grounded, and rights-based AI field in the Latin America and Caribbean region.

Project ID

109138

Project status

Active

Duration

30 months

IDRC Officer

Ben Petrazzini

Total funding

CA$ 736,800

Countries

South America

Program

Networked Economies

Project Leader

Fabrizio Scrollini

Institution

Iniciativa Latinoamericana por los Datos Abiertos

Institution Country

Uruguay

Institution Website

http://www.idatosabiertos.org