Despite its great promise, the AI and data revolution is yet to yield tangible dividends for most developing countries. More often than not, these countries do not have all the prerequisites in place in order to collect sufficient data to utilize AI algorithms for development. Furthermore, existing data too often remain unused because they are released too late or not at all, are not available in digital format or lack the level of granularity needed for decision-making and local innovation.
This new ITU report has been designed to help developing countries overcome these barriers and embrace the huge development opportunities offered by AI and big data deployment.
Intended as a guide for policy-makers and other stakeholders in crafting a national AI and data strategy for development, the report highlights opportunities and outlines good policy and regulatory practices for implementation, while also flagging key challenges and offering hands-on suggestions in managing and overcoming these roadblocks.