Nvidia teams up with UN to boost data science in 10 African nations

by | Aug 31, 2022 | Technology

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Nvidia has teamed up with the United Nations to boost data science in 10 African nations.

The public-private effort provides nations with data science workstations and AI educationto support census, public health, climate projects and data analytics, said Geoffrey Levene, director of worldwide AI Initiatives at Nvidia, in an interview with VentureBeat.

Nvidia is collaborating with the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) to equip governments and developer communities in 10 nations with data science training and technology to support more informed policymaking and accelerate how resources are allocated.

“It’s the chicken or the egg,” Levene said. “You really can’t train people to use GPUs unless they have access to GPUs.”

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The initiative will empower the countries’ national statistical offices — agencies that handle population censuses data, economic policies, healthcare and more — by providing AI hardware, training for data scientists and ecosystem support, Levene said.

Known as the United AI Alliance, the initiative is led by the UNECA, the Global Partnership forSustainable Development Data (the Global Partnership), which facilitates data partnerships for public good, and Nvidia.

Future Tech, a Long Island, New York-based IT solution provider and member of the Nvidia Partner Network, is the alliance’s inaugural funding and global distribution partner.

“Population data is critical information for policy decisions, whether it’s for urban planning, climate action or monitoring the spread of COVID-19,” said Oliver Chinganya, director of the African Centre for Statistics at UNECA, in a statement. “Without a strong digital infrastructure, many of these nations struggled to collect and report data during the pandemic.”

Better public health data can help countries track real-time COVID infection rates, detect hotspots and target their response efforts. And beyond the pandemic, strengthening data systems will allow local experts to connect population statistics to agricultural data, climate trends and economic indicators.

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