The beneficiaries will be selected from the foundation’s flagship 2Jiajiri program, as well as those who have cleared high school within its education program and MSMEs.
Those selected will be trained on technology-related skills and automation by utilizing AI for skills development, through digital transformation of their businesses, improving performance, and setting up enterprises within the technology sector.
KCB Foundation Head Caroline Wanjeri said “Today’s partnership is in line with the KCB’s purpose #ForPeopleForBetter as Adanian will enable us to build a community of innovative and transformative individuals, where entrepreneurs can thrive and reach their potential,” noted
By 2030, AI is projected to contribute a staggering $15.7 trillion to global GDP, with $6.6 trillion coming from increased productivity and $9.1 trillion from consumption effects. AI has the potential to fundamentally change the way businesses operate, drive innovation, and improve the lives of millions of people across Africa.
Some of the key sectors that could benefit from AI include healthcare, agriculture, education, and finance. There are already several applications of AI in Africa, especially in health, water supply, clean energy forecasting, climate change predictions, economics, and finance, as well as governance.
During a lecture hosted by the United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa, Professor Tshilidzi Marwala, Rector of the UNU and former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Johannesburg, shared insights on how Artificial Intelligence can contribute to the achievement of the sustainable development goals in Africa.
“The adoption of AI and related technologies in Africa could have the potential to significantly impact the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). By driving economic growth, improving access to quality education and healthcare, and promoting sustainable agriculture, AI can play a crucial role in addressing some of the continent’s most pressing challenges.”
The partnership will see Adanian Labs and NBK implement the training while KCB Foundation will provide the beneficiaries and resources to scale up the program.