The International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and Niyel hosted the inaugural AfricAI Conference under the theme “Advancing responsible and open AI ecosystems in Africa”.
The meeting provided a platform for key AI stakeholders to share knowledge, network and strengthen the understanding of the potential and challenges related to responsible and open AI in Africa.
About 150 participants were drawn from AI4D’s Africa program and GIZ’s FAIR Forward initiative, including consortia partners, African AI researchers and grantees, AI practitioners and policymakers.
The conference aimed to: Enable participants from Africa’s AI communities and ecosystems to share knowledge and best practices from diverse contexts and perspectives; Provide a platform for exchange between research, public and private sector to build responsible and open AI ecosystems; and Create new alliances and opportunities for future collaboration.
CSEA’s Director of Research, Dr. Adedeji Adeniran, participated in the Conference which was held from 12-14 June 2023, in Kigali, Rwanda.