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FAIR Forward – Artifical Intelligence for All

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At a glance

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a key technology driving the global digital revolution. AI refers to computer programs that process information autonomously, identify connections between data points, make decisions, and are able to learn and adapt while doing so. For example, AI applications are developed and trained with large datasets in order to automatically recognize and translate languages or predict future trends in areas such as climate or health. Frontrunner companies and institutions already deploy AI applications at scale to improve business practices, administration, environmental protection or health services.  

AI also offers a range of new opportunities to low and middle-income countries. It can break down existing barriers to human development and social inclusion, and help to achieve the global Sustainable Development Goals. For instance, AI-powered apps already support local farmers in Tunisia and India to detect diseases in agriculture in real time. AI also offers digital entrepreneurs new tools to build innovative products.  

However, without the necessary capacity, technology and data to train AI, low and middle-income countries may miss out on the immense opportunities AI has to offer. In addition, existing policy frameworks in many countries need to be updated to reflect the development of AI technologies. 

FAIR Forward Artifical Intelligence for All 

The German Development Cooperation initiative “FAIR Forward – Artificial Intelligence for All” strives for a more open, inclusive and sustainable approach to AI on an international level. To achieve this, we are working together with five partner countries: Ghana, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda and India. Together, we pursue three main goals: 

Current Status

The project was launched at the Internet Governance Forum (IGF 2019) in November 2019. It builds on existing BMZ initiatives including the Centres for Digital Transformation of the BMZ in Africa, a collaboration with the innovation lab of the United Nations “UN Global Pulse”, a project for voice data collection for African languages with Mozilla, the tech entrepreneurship initiative Make-IT and the e-learning platform Africa Cloud.  

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