Accelerating AI in Africa

Using data to drive environmental and social progress

By supporting governments, non-profits and local developer communities with data science training and technology, the Alliance is helping countries to improve resource allocation and support more informed policy making across the continent.

"Many countries are still excluded from using big data, AI and digital technologies to improve the quality of information for making decisions – together we can change that and collaborate to support data-driven progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.”

Claire Melamed CEO, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
Claire Melamed headshot

How we can help

The Alliance and its partners provide a range of AI-powered hardware/software solutions and technical expertise.

Data Science Workstations

Equipped with the latest NVIDIA GPU technologies

Education and training

On parallel processing of AI and Machine Learning (ML)

Consultative support

On best practices across the entire IT infrastructure

These efforts are aimed at helping each country’s National Statistics Office (NSO), to conduct census data research, research and tracking of public health programs, and enhance global climate action through country level programs.

“Whether it’s for urban planning, climate action or monitoring the spread of COVID-19, a strong digital infrastructure is critical.  Many of the nations across Africa that are benefitting from the work of the United AI Alliance have, previously, struggled to collect and report data, particularly during the pandemic.”

Oliver Chinganya
Director, African Centre for Statistics,
United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
Oliver Chinganya

key research initiatives

United AI Alliance programs are supporting these key research initiatives across multiple countries in Africa.

Kenyan citizan answers questions of a worker of the Census enumeration.
(SIMON MAINA/AFP via Getty Images)


Countries’ national statistical offices (NSOs) desire to process census data, generate statistical models and data pipelines or produce in near real-time, data and information critical for emergency situations like Covid19.

Several of them are however challenged by poor access to state-of-the-art data technology infrastructure including mid-range data science infrastructure, and poor data science capacity. The United AI Program is providing crucial technology data infrastructure (mobile workstations/on-premise servers with stacks of data science tools and softwares) and data science capacity training to selected NSOs to help build and strengthen capacity in creating unique census analytical products, modeling and data pipelines for insights for social and economic development.


Access to timely and up-to-date data and information to enable effective national mitigation and adaption have been a key challenge. Data and technology tools for accessing available global and local multi-source datasets and for creating models and friendly insights for policy makers are game changers. The United AI program is helping to deliver compute infrastructure (mobile workstation/on-premise servers with data science tools and softwares) and data science capacity training to nations in African and Latin America to support NSOs, Ministries of Environment and other relevant agencies with data technology infrastructure and data science capacity to model climate change impacts (flood, food security, water security etc.) required for policy and decision making.
Two agricultural workers in a field with plantains and a tablet.
Geoffrey Levene headshot

“Strengthening data systems will allow local experts to connect population statistics to agricultural data, climate trends and economic indicators,”

Geoffrey Levene
Director, Worldwide AI Initiatives
A group of medical practitioners having a discussion in a hospital with tablets.


The United AI Alliance is supporting projects that will combine the power of AI/ML and appropriate computing technology infrastructure to support quick and affective diagnoses of diseases and conditions such as cancers, brain tumors, and for key health screening across Africa’s public health sector, given the huge capacity gap in the sector

“Better public health data can help countries track real-time COVID infection rates, detect hotspots and target their response efforts.”

Keith Strier
Vice President, Worldwide AI Initiatives and
Head of Global Public Sector


Support our mission

“Through our participation in the United AI Alliance, I am proud to know that Future Tech will help countries in Africa to educate a new generation of data science leaders and enable their public sector institutions to generate the data they need to make the most informed policy decisions at all levels.”

Bob Venero
President & CEO, Future Tech Enterprise, Inc.
Bob Venero, President & CEO, Future Tech Enterprise Inc