IGF 2019 Pre-Event #21 Artificial Intelligence in Africa – Between Ethical Challenges and Technical Opportunities

Bundesministerium für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ)


The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) hosts this discussion to weigh the political, technical and ethical opportunities of artificial intelligence (AI) for sustainable development. AI is a key technology driving the global digital revolution. As such, it holds great potential of low and middle-income countries to break down existing barriers to human development and social inclusion. On behalf of the ministry, GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) already works together with UN Global Pulse and Mozilla Foundation to implement projects in Ghana, Uganda and Ruanda. The event takes stock and draws conclusions for the future. In doing so, the participants discuss how open training data and AI technologies contribute to local innovation, how ethical policy frameworks for AI can be developed and how to promote AI expertise for sustainable development.



  • Alex Klepel, Communications Lead & Open Innovation, Mozilla
  • Axel Klaphake, Director Economic and Social Development, Digitalisation, GIZ
  • Carla Licciardello, Child Online Protection Focal Point, International Telecommunication Union
  • Robert Kirkpatrick, Director, UN Global Pulse


On-site moderator

Wadzi Motsi-Khatai