📢 @Googleorg announces grantees for AI for the Global Goals Impact Challenge 🌎 delivered in collaboration w/ @CPI_foundationShare article
“We are delighted to have partnered with Google.org on this AI for the Global Goals Impact Challenge, empowering this cohort of successful organisations to transform the lives of millions of people around the world." - @_Rose_Katie from @CPI_foundationShare article
Today, we're excited to announce the 15 recipients whose solutions to accelerate the Sustainable Development Goals will receive funding and technical support as part #Googleorg's AI for the Global Goals Impact Challenge 💰💻Share article
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Google announces grantees for AI for the Global Goals Impact Challenge delivered in collaboration with CPI
15 organisations from around the world leveraging AI to advance the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals will receive a total $25 million in funding
12 September 2023 - Over this year, the Centre for Public Impact (CPI) has been an operational partner to Google’s philanthropic arm, Google.org, helping to identify the most innovative ideas submitted to the AI for the Global Goals Impact Challenge. From hundreds of applications worldwide, 15 successful grantees were announced by Google.org today.
Google.org’s AI for the Global Goals Impact Challenge is part of Google’s company-wide commitment to help accelerate progress towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. CPI worked closely with Google.org to co-design and run the process of evaluating the impact, feasibility and equity of submitted proposals to select the 15 organisations that will receive support through the $25 million philanthropic fund. Importantly, all projects will be open-sourced, enabling other organisations to build upon the work in future. More here.
The portfolio of successful grantees includes:
International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP) -Road traffic crashes are the leading cause of death among children and young people worldwide. The combination of poor road design and vehicle speeds puts children at risk on their daily journeys to school. Using AI and satellite imagery and street-view images to detect road safety risks, iRAP will provide a country-wide star-rating evaluation of road infrastructure around schools in Vietnam, with potential to scale to other countries. By making this data more accessible, they aim to inform new policies and investment in pedestrian-friendly roads that will minimize preventable harm.
RAD-AID - Millions of people die every year due to lack of access to medical care. Doctor and health worker shortages in low- and middle-income countries mean that even when people do get radiology scans and X-rays, qualified professionals aren’t available to read them. RAD-AID will support low-resource hospitals to use AI to triage and interpret X-rays and scans and communicate test results, with a focus on respiratory disease and breast cancer. This grant will help RAD-AID improve diagnostic technology and the experience for more than 30 million patients in 20 countries.
Rocket Learning - About 35 million low-income children in India lack access to early education and are falling behind their higher-income peers in literacy and numeracy. Rocket Learning mobilizes digital communities of parents and teachers to support early childhood education. Using generative AI models and machine learning, Rocket Learning will develop an AI coach that can create localized academic content, automate grading, and offer personalized learning paths to increase education opportunities and improve learning outcomes for children across India.
Other grantees announced today include ideas ranging from accelerating the pace of climate science in a changing world, expanding access to quality maternal and neonatal healthcare, and building more resilient and efficient food systems.
“We are delighted to have partnered with Google.org on this AI for the Global Goals Impact Challenge, empowering this cohort of successful organisations to transform the lives of millions worldwide. It's fantastic to see so many grantees are based in the regions they're working in, helping to bring local expertise, or have a global focus. Therefore, the impact across this impressive portfolio of projects will have both depth and breadth,” said Katie Rose, CPI’s Regional Director for Europe. “We are committed to supporting organisations making efforts to leverage AI and other technologies to tackle today’s most urgent and complex challenges, improving people’s lives and building a more sustainable and equitable future.”
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For more information on the AI for the Global Goals Impact Challenge and the full list of successful grantees, please visit: https://globalgoals.withgoogle.com/globalgoals
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