AI in Africa Policy Project – AI4D


January 2020 – June 2021


Supported by the IDRC, The AI4D in Africa Policy Project (AIPP) focuses on the following research themes:

  • Biometrics and digital ID
  • Computer vision and surveillance
  • AI and gender
  • Skills
  • Future of work

Following the initial mapping exercise, the data will be assessed to determine if a better understanding of the governance challenges are best addressed by undertaking thematic research focuses (highlighted above) across countries or that there would be greater value in building country cases (with the themes as focus areas within each country case) that might better work with mapping and visualising of the findings. Countries’ focuses may complement and integrate better into other initiatives on the continent attempting to document digital developments and specifically the AI aspects of them such as by the African Union and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Once the initial mapping (which will be dynamic and interactive and developed in consultation with continental organisations working in this area) is done and on the basis of online opportunities for feedback) is done the results will be shared in regional and continental fora including RIA’s ongoing project with the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Parliamentary Forum, for whom RIA is developing a rights based digital economy ‘model law’. The full budget breakdown for this project will be submitted separately.”

Project team

Alison Gillwald, Araba Sey, Naila Govan – Vassen, Alex Comninos, Gabriella Razzano, Shamira Ahmed, Andrew Renz, Anri van der Spuy, Fazila Farouk

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