The Global South AI4COVID (Artificial Intelligence For COVID) Programme, funded by Canada’s International Development Research Centre and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, supports multidisciplinary, evidence-based AI and data science research for COVID-19 response and recovery in low- and middle-income countries.
UN Global Pulse plays a crucial role in the program by providing technical and communication support. We serve as a resource hub for organizations given grants under this program, ensuring efficient transfers of knowledge and expertise. We help identify policy linkage opportunities, and encourage people to take in the Global South.
The nine research grantees (including consortia and individual organizations) work across 18 Global South countries. They use AI and data innovation for early COVID-19 detection, containment, mitigation, and forecasting. The research aims to inform policies supporting AI and data science responses to epidemics, strengthen health systems, and develop responsible, evidence-based, gender-responsive, and culturally appropriate solutions based on local needs.