IRCAI launch


The Growth of Artificial Intelligence in Africa: On Diversity and Representation

The Growth of Artificial Intelligence in Africa: On Diversity and Representation

As the world ushers in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) – which is characterized by increasingly blurred lines between the digital, biological, and physical worlds – technologists are coming to grips with the opportunities of emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), robotics, and the Internet of Things. These and other emerging technologies offer exciting possibilities; in theory, they might allow us to galvanize unprecedented socio-economic change and democratise access to services such as the internet, education, and healthcare.

IRCAI Launch a success

IRCAI Launch a success

On March 29 and 30 2021, the IRCAI launch event took place. 1083 registered participants from 123 countries attended and were addressed by esteemed speakers on the first day of the event. Participants came from all geographical regions of United Nations: African, Asian-Pacific, Eastern European, Latin American and Caribbean and Western European states. Non-registered participants were also invited to watch the event via live streaming on YouTube. The launch was created with input from 33 active speakers and panelists.

IRCAI Global Top 100

IRCAI is launching a call for the World’s Most Promising Artificial Intelligence Projects Advancing the United Nations SDGs and will create a Global Top 100 list and Top 10 report.


With special focus on research excellence, the Centre is undertaking vital work looking at different approaches of Artificial Intelligence towards UN SDGs. This work resulted in accompanying AI platforms, reports and white papers that were managed by the Chairs of the following Programme Committees:

AI & Healthcare

AI & Education

AI & Assistive Technologies

AI & Circular Economy

AI & Climate Change


AI Recommendation Regional Consultation UNESCO

IRCAI Launch 2021 Report

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Artificial Intelligence in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Artificial Intelligence Needs Assessment Survey in Africa

An AI-based Learning Companion Promoting Lifelong Learning Opportunities for All

Opinion Series Report: An AI-based Learning Companion Promoting Lifelong Learning Opportunities for All


List of current projects across Science, Capacity Building, Validation and Funding programmes for which you can find more information by clicking on the appropriate boxes:

Project 1:

Network of AI
Excellence Centers

Project 2:

International Journal of AI for Sustainable Development

Project 3:

International AI Scientific Program Committees

Project 4:

International Series
Events on AI

Project 5:

AI World Day

Project 6:

AI Awards

Project 7:

AI Olympiad

Project 8:

AI Clearinghouse

Project 9:

AI Solutions Funded
with Social Impact Bonds

Project 10:

International AI Policy
Transfer Help Desk


IRCAI has developed a portfolio of technologies within its Programme Committies and its partners network to showcase the use of AI and sustainability:


AI & Assistive Technologies

AI & Education

Hands on AI


International Research Centre in Artificial Intelligence
under the auspices of UNESCO (IRCAI)

Jožef Stefan Institute
Jamova cesta 39
SI-1000 Ljubljana


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