New Artificial Intelligence Index to promote responsible use of AI globally

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a highly sought-after technology that is considered to boost efficiencies and growth across all sectors, including education, agriculture and manufacturing. However, there is growing consensus that AI must be developed, deployed, and used responsibly in a way that all countries stand to benefit.

The Research ICT Africa will announce the commencement of a project to design and implement a new Global Index on Responsible AI today (December 8th) in conjunction with Data 4 Development Network (, and with the support of AI4D Africa and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).

The Announcement of the Global Index will take place as a side event of the Summit for Democracy that will be held virtually from 9-10 December 2021, and hosted by US President Biden. The Summit represents an important international forum to advance commitments in support of democracy and human rights.

The Global Index is a new initiative that will measure progress toward the responsible use and development of AI in over 100 countries around the world.

Part of the online announcement, scheduled for 4pm Central African Time on Wednesday 8th December, will be a panel discussion with leading global voices on AI who will probe ways in which the Global Index can be designed to promote and protect the rights of individuals and communities in the use and development of AI.

South African Higher Education, Science and Innovation Minister Blade Nzimande, the Director General of Government Affairs Canada Catherine Godin and the Vice-President Programs and Partnerships at Canada’s IDRC Dominique Charron, will provide opening remarks.

The announcement of the Global Index on Responsible AI on the 8th December 2021 will be the start of a consultative engagement process with stakeholders from around the world in order to support the Index’s expected utility in advancing human rights and democracy in the use and development of AI.


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