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African Observatory on Responsible Artificial Intelligence

It undertakes different activities in support of raising the visibility of African AI research.

About the work

The African Observatory aims to be an open space of engagement, collaboration and critical inquiry on AI in diverse African societies, by enhancing positive impacts and mitigating the negative effects of AI through rigorous research, network facilitation, policy capacity building and public engagement. It advances policies and practices that support diverse African societies to fairly and responsibly harness the benefits of AI in the realization of Africa’s development goals.


The Observatory is working to create a sustainable network of researchers to support knowledge exchange on responsible AI for the continent, facilitate adaptable and enabling policy frameworks at a regional level that address responsible AI, and to ensure engaged communities are able to participate in public debates on AI and claim their rights. Moreover, gender and diversity transformation is a foundational component of the approach, design, and purpose of the African Observatory.