On Wednesday, September 27th, the Equitable AI Community of Practice hosted the third and final public webinar in its series, focusing on collective learning, collective action, and next steps. The webinar spotlighted the Equitable AI Learning Report takeaways and featured speakers provided cumulative insights on best practices to advance gender equitable AI.

The Equitable AI Community of Practice series began on May 31st, 2023, with a webinar centered on integrating gender equity into AI applications within international development. Next, a webinar on July 26th focused on gender inclusive AI governance. This final webinar reflected on the journey of the Community of Practice by sharing best practices and collective insights.

For the final session, Chris Burns, the Chief Digital Development Officer and Director for the Technology Division within the Innovation, Technology, and Research (ITR) Hub at USAID, opened the webinar with a brief retrospective. The opening remarks led into a presentation on collective learnings from the USAID Equitable AI Challenge by USAID Gender & AI Fellow Genevieve Smith. Following the presentation, University of Lagos lecturer Mary Akinyemi discussed her team’s project, partnering with Nivi, to support gender-equitable access to healthcare through an AI-powered chatbot in Northern Nigeria. The final portion of the webinar was a fireside chat with Founder and CEO of Women at the Table Caitlin Kraft-Buchman and USAID’s Emerging Technologies Team Lead Shachee Doshi.


Chris Burns
Chief Digital Development Officer and Director for Technology and Director for the Technology Division, Innovation, Technology, and Research Hub​

Mary Akinyemi
Senior Lecturer, Department of Statistics
University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos, Nigeria

Chika Yinka-Banjo
Associate Professor, Department of Computer Sciences
University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos, Nigeria

Olasupo Ajayi
Computer Scientist, AI & Robotic Lab (AiRoL)
University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos, Nigeria

Caitlin Kraft-Buchman
CEO and Founder
Women at the Table

Genevieve Smith
Gender & AI Fellow

Moderated by

Stefanie M. Falconi
Emerging Technologies Advisor

Shachee Doshi
Emerging Technologies Advisor

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