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Call for expressions of interest: Managing organization (hub) for responsible artificial intelligence in advancing gender equality and inclusion in Africa

Call for
Expressions of interest
Technology and Innovation
30 months
Information and Communication
Science and Technology
Funded by
IDRC and the Swedish International Development Agency
CA$1.2 million
Point of contact

The goal of this call is to recruit a managing organization (hub) that will lead an African-based research network on responsible AI innovations to advance gender equality and inclusion. The selected hub will engage in field-building activities to design, develop and manage an innovation research network of researchers and innovators, applying responsible AI to advance gender equality and inclusion -- from remedying biased algorithms to promoting new innovations that aim to advance justice and access to government and financial services, address climate change, improve health outcomes, and reduce gender-based violence, among other issues. The selected organization will be responsible for supporting the competitive selection of high-quality research projects from African innovators and researchers at the intersection of AI, agriculture and sustainable food systems. In addition, the hub will provide conceptual and technical support and guidance to the members of the research network.

Countries or regions

Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Rep Côte d'Ivoire, DRC, Djibouti, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, The Gambia, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.


This call for expressions of interest is open to individual organizations or groups of organizations based in lower- and lower-middle-income countries (LLMIC) in sub-Saharan Africa that have demonstrated expertise in artificial intelligence (AI) innovations such as automated decision-making systems, and in using those innovations to advance gender equality and inclusion. Transdisciplinary consortia are encouraged to apply.

Only organizations that meet the eligibility criteria outlined in the call document should submit an expression of interest to host the innovation network.

More details

More details on this call are available on the application page of the AI4D Africa website and in the background document.

If you are eligible for this opportunity we welcome you to submit an application.

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