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African AI Policymaking

PAN is a partner on initiatives supporting AI policy formulation and implementation including the African Observatory on Responsible AI and the Africa-Asia AI Policymakers Network.

African Observatory on Responsible AI

Established in 2022, the African Observatory on Responsible Artificial Intelligence (the African Observatory) has recognised the need to promote African voices, experiences and value systems in global debate around responsible AI. Scholars in the social sciences and humanities are emphasising that an ‘African’ view on AI and AI ethics is critical for ensuring that the development and adoption of these new technologies  supports, and is not harmful to, African societies and ways of living. The African Observatory takes a special focus on the foundational elements of inclusive and responsible AI governance, particularly as it relates to Africa’s (pre/post) colonial memory and in the context of our diverse democratic, constitutional and legal mechanisms of accountability.

A key part of the Observatory project is the web portal which is currently being developed. The portal will aggregate research outputs from various AI projects on the continent, and will host a policy directory to record AI-relevant policy material from African countries.

Africa-Asia AI Policymakers Network

PAN is part of the ongoing Network task force which organised and presented at sessions during and after the AfricAI conference in Rwanda during June 2023. A summary of the conference and Network meeting is available here. This was the second in-person meeting of the Network, with the first taking place in Cape Town in March 2022. Network members have contributed to the design of the African Observatory Policy and Governance Map as a shared resource for the community, and ongoing virtual activities are being planned to continue the peer-learning engagements.

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