Developers like South African computer scientist Raesetje Sefala hope to combat inequality across Africa by harnessing artificial intelligence (AI).
Sefala says local knowledge is critical for designing workable AI-driven solutions; she has created algorithms that flag poverty hotspots.
Meanwhile, Togo's government partnered with the Innovations for Poverty Action think tank and the University of California, Berkeley to build the Novissi mobile payment platform to help distribute cash to vulnerable informal workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
That group mapped poverty areas in Togo via satellite imagery, then used algorithms supported by the GiveDirectly nonprofit to identify potential recipients of that funding.
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