IRCAI Global Top 100
Ai in Africa


Applicants should use the IRCAI electronic submission system to submit their proposal. The deadline for electronic submissions is 21 June 2021.


The UNESCO Communication and Information Sector, in collaboration with the Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Section of the Science Sector, together with the International Research Centre in Artificial Intelligence (IRCAI) will undertake a Needs Assessment for Artificial Intelligence (AI), Digital transformation and Open Data for SIDS. IRCAI experts have been involved in a similar study for the assessment of capacities in Africa.

This survey aims at developing an understanding of capacity building needs for AI enabled digital transformation and related Open Data ecosystem. The outcome of the study will help UNESCO to develop a demand-responsive strategy for SIDS and foster conditions to develop policies that can help abridge capacity gaps, and design innovative knowledge enhancement tools, processes, and contents.

In order to steer the course of the project, UNESCO is looking for a few experts to provide technical guidance for this initiative. These experts will primarily be engaged to give feedback on the survey tool and in peer reviewing final results. The experts’ group will consist of 8 gender balanced and geographically distributed members. The engagement of experts will be between June and December 2021. The working language of the experts’ group will be English.

Profile of Experts

1. Knowledge of SIDS or from a SIDS

2. Knowledge of or has worked on AI/ICTs/ advanced technologies

3. Developed or supported the development of Artificial Intelligence, machine learning or big data applications

4. Worked to foster an incubation system for AI start-ups

5. Taught broader application of AI at the University level 6. Proficient in English

Key roles and responsibilities of the experts

a. Review questionnaire

b. Identify key AI related institutions and networks in SIDS

c. Peer review results of the survey

d. Support sharing of results


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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