Research ICT Africa at the 2023 Grand Challenges Annual Meeting

Research ICT Africa
06 Oct 2023

Research ICT will join the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as a key partner in advancing responsible and equitable AI at the 2023 Grand Challenges Annual Meeting in Dakar, Senegal, from the 8th to 11th of October.

In August 2023, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced nearly 50 grant recipients from the Grand Challenges Catalyzing Equitable AI Use call. Research ICT Africa is assisting in strengthening the ethical impact of the projects, and building an evidence base around how generative AI could support developmental priorities across the Global South.

At the Grand Challenges Annual Meeting, RIA will lead a consortium of experts and partners on responsible AI, including Digital Futures Lab in India, in active engagement with the Grand Challenges grantees. At a side session taking place on the 8th of October, RIA will lead discussions on the lessons learnt from the work of the grantees in designing and deploying responsible generative AI solutions for development and identifying key challenges for scaling up AI usage across the African continent and Global South.

On the 10th of October 2023, RIA’s AI Programme Director, Dr. Rachel Adams will join a mainstage panel to discuss AI for the World: Advancing Inclusive and Equitable Use of Artificial Intelligence. Joined on the panel by Juliana Rotich, Head of Fintech Integration, M-PESA, Kenya; David Sengeh, Chief Minister and Chief Innovation Officer, Republic of Sierra Leone; members of the Gates Foundation leadership; and moderated by Larry Madowo, International Correspondent, CNN International, the panel will explore the role of AI in helping to improve the lives of future generations across the Global South.

RIA has been leading efforts to understand and address the diverse implications of AI in African societies, including through the African Observatory on Responsible AI, the Just AI Project, and the Global index on Responsible AI.

For media queries contact Zara Schroeder, Research ICT Africa Researcher and Communications Coordinator, at