Nine (9) projects selected following the call for proposals on "Improving inclusion and gender equality through AI in Sub-Saharan Africa".

Following the aCall for proposals - GRAIN on "Improving inclusion and gender equality through Artificial Intelligence in sub-Saharan Africa" launched by GRAIN, nine (9) projects were selected from around fifty applications received.

The projects were proposed by teams led by six women and three men from Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya (2), South Africa, Nigeria (2) and Ethiopia (2). The beneficiaries come from six universities, a public interest research consortium, an NGO and a not-for-profit organisation.

The selected projects cover the following subjects 

  • Gender and voice technology
  • Epistemic justice; diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI); science, technology and society studies (STS), and public policy
  • Economic development research, economic regulation, gender, public policy.
  • Research into artificial intelligence (AI) and computer justice
  • Artificial intelligence and precision farming
  • Agricultural technology transfer, gender and rural development
  •  Artificial intelligence, computer vision, natural language processing
  • Natural Language Processing (NLP) Big Data Analysis, Human Data Mining

The teams come from the following institutions: 

The call for proposals, which was launched in October 2022, invited projects looking at the use of AI to address issues of gender inclusion and equity in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The selected teams join the Gender and Responsible Artificial Intelligence Network (GRAIN) in Africa, a network of individual researchers, research and advocacy organisations, social innovators and think tanks. The GRAIN network is led and facilitated by a consortium of strong and innovative research institutions made up of IPAR (Initiative Prospective Agricole et Rurale), CSEA (Centre d'Etude des Économies d'Afrique) and Sunbird AI. The Gender and Responsible Artificial Intelligence Network (GRAIN) is a research network on artificial intelligence for gender equality and inclusion. It aims to advance gender equality in sub-Saharan Africa through the responsible development and deployment of artificial intelligence innovations.

GRAIN's intervention strategy is based on 3 pillars: 

- The development of the "Gender and Responsible Artificial Intelligence Network" (GRAIN) based on an inclusive and sustainable model; 

- Capacity building and advocacy on responsible AI for gender equality for network members and stakeholders; 

- The implementation of a research programme on AI responsible for gender equality.  

The network is part of the Artificial Intelligence for Development in Africa (IAPD Africa) programme, funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) to the tune of CAD 1,225,700 over a 3-year period. 

Similar articles

Not that long ago, people lived and functioned in tight communities. Every vendor knew their customers personally and could make...


This Machine Learning Glossary aims to briefly introduce the most important Machine Learning terms - both for the commercially and...