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Global Index on Responsible Artificial Intelligence

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Research ICT Africa (RIA) in collaboration with Data for Development (D4D.net) and International Development Research Centre (IDRC)






South Africa

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General description of the AI solution

The Global Index is a new rights-based tool being developed to support a broad range of actors in advancing responsible AI practices. It is intended to provide a comprehensive, reliable, independent, and comparative benchmark for assessing progress toward responsible AI the world over.

The Global Index will bolster the capacity of governments, civil society organisations, and other stakeholders in countries around the world to uphold rights-based responsible AI principles by providing analysis and benchmarking data to improve accountability, develop more precise policy interventions, refine best practices, and encourage regional and international cooperation.

One of the key innovations of the Global Index is the development of a fully-integrated human rights-based approach as a foundation for the comparative dimensions of the Index. This encompasses the codification of human rights obligations that align to accepted ethical AI principles and establish concrete benchmarks for responsible AI. In addition, the methodology is being developed to reflect national realities around the realization of socio-economic rights, available resources, and the diverse conditions within individual countries, while assessing progress toward universally applicable benchmarks. The development of this approach was based on the analysis and revision of international agreed frameworks, such as the UNESCO 'Recommendation on the ethics of artificial intelligence' and the OECD 'AI principles'.
The Global Index will collect data in more than 120 countries based on a network of independent researchers that will fill an expert survey, which will be complemented by secondary data sources.


1. Adams R. Designing a Rights-Based Global Index on Responsible AI (2022) Research ICT Africa, Available at: https://researchictafrica.net/publication/designing-a-rights-based-global-index-on-responsible-ai/

2. Adams R & Gillwald A. Artificial intelligence carries a huge upside, but potential harms need to be managed (2022) D4D.net, Available at: https://www.d4d.net/news/artificial-intelligence-carries-a-huge-upside-but-potential-harms-need-to-be-managed/



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