Global Index on Responsible AI

Measuring progress toward the responsible use of artificial intelligence in over 100 countries around the world from a human-rights based perspective

How do we measure the evolution of commitment and progress on the implementation of responsible AI principles and practice?

About the Global Index on Responsible AI

The Global Index on Responsible AI is a new Data for Development Network ( initiative led by Research ICT Africa(Opens in a new tab) with support from the International Research Development Centre(Opens in a new tab) and AI4DAfrica(Opens in a new tab) together with regional and international partners.

The Global Index will equip governments, civil society, and stakeholders to reflect on the efforts of countries to meet their human rights obligations and uphold principles for responsible use in the development and implementation of AI systems.



Establish principles for responsible use of AI that respects digital inclusion


Assess country conditions to support and promote responsible AI

Data Collection

Provide evidence to decision-makers to advance the responsible use of AI that respects digital inclusion


Realize principles through implementation, evaluation and accountability


Inclusion & Participation

The Global Index will be co-created with a wide range of stakeholders to ensure its broadest possible use with a specific emphasis on including the perspectives of underserved and marginalised groups.

Fairly reflect local contexts and realities

The Global Index will fairly reflect local contexts and realities and measure a country’s level of responsible AI in relation to available resources and capacities.

Accessibility & Openness

The Global Index and all data will be accessible to all stakeholders and researchers wishing to understand or re-use the data

Development of the Methodology

The design and implementation of the Global Index will be iterative and participatory intended to promote the use of AI that respects human rights, inclusivity, and sustainability.

Get Involved

This design phase includes a series of consultative workshops/webinars focusing on the development of methodologies, indicators, and data collection instruments.


Rachel Adams

Dr Rachel Adams is Principal Investigator of the Global Index on Responsible AI. She is principal researcher at Research ICT Africa, where she directs the AI4D Africa Just AI Project and the AI4D African Observatory on Responsible AI. Rachel is an Associate Fellow of the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence at the University of Cambridge, Editor of the South African Journal on Human Rights, and a member of the UNESCO Expert Group on the Implementation of the UNESCO Recommendation on AI in Ethics.

Teki Akuetteh

Teki is an ICT/Telecom Lawyer, a Privacy/Data Protection Consultant, and Senior Partner at a law firm based in Accra, Ghana. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of the Africa Digital Rights Hub, a member of the UN Global Pulse Privacy Advisory Group, and a non-resident fellow of the Center for Global Development. Teki holds an LLM in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland and a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Political Science from the University of Ghana.

Urvashi Aneja

Urvashi is the founding director of Digital Futures Lab, a multidisciplinary research network based out of Goa, India, that examines the complex interactions between technology and society in the global south. She is also a Fellow at Chatham House and a Non-Resident Fellow at the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. Prior to this, she founded Tandem Research and was an Associate Professor at the OP Jindal Global University. Urvashi has a PhD in Politics and International Affairs from the University of Oxford.

Nicolás Grossman

Nicolás is a sociologist and journalist specialising in Data and GIS. In addition to writing widely, he founded in 2018. He is concluding his Master’s studies in International Political Sociology at the National University of Tres de Febrero (UNTREF), where he focuses on the challenges and risks of big data and AI from the perspective of less developed countries.

Leonida Mutuku

Leo is a director and research lead at the Local Development Research Institute, a Nairobi-based think-tank whose work contributes to the efforts of African governments to end poverty, hunger, and reduce inequalities. She offers strategic advice and conducts research on how AI and data innovations can be harnessed to achieve sustainable development.

Nokuthula Olorunju

Nokuthula Olorunju is an attorney and researcher who holds an LLB and LLM with a focus on Cyberlaw/Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Law. She has written on issues of gender equality, human rights, AI, the judiciary, and is currently pursuing a PhD in the field of human rights and artificial intelligence.

Kelly Stone

Kelly is a Policy Development and Research Advisor based in Cape Town, South Africa. She holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology & Philosophy, and has been working to advance the social, political, and technical capacities of persons across the Global South since 2006.

Zara Schroeder

Zara has a wide background in supporting non-governmental organisations in South Africa with enhancing the visibility and impact of their work. Zara has a Masters in Public Sociology and Anthropology. Zara also has experience in Communications working at Sonke Gender Justice. During her time at Sonke, Zara was involved in the development of a campaign aimed at combatting gender-based violence. Her interests lie at the intersection of gender, equality, ethics and accessibility to AI.

Nawal Omar

Nawal Omar is a researcher with five years of experience handling a diverse set of research projects in different organisations. Nawal has experience working in social and public research, as well as in information systems and data management, strategic planning, policy analysis, ICT & digital inclusion. Nawal holds a Master's degree in Information Systems with a major in Business Intelligence, a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, and an Honours degree from the School of Mathematics, University of Khartoum.

Roland Banya

Roland Banya is a Senior Economist at Research ICT Africa (RIA), working on projects that vary from the Fourth Industrial Revolution to Digital Economy, Artificial Intelligence, Digital/Future of Work, Digital Identity, Cybersecurity and Open telecommunication data. Prior to joining RIA, Roland worked at Genesis Analytics as an Associate in the Financial Services Strategy practice. Before that Roland was employed at Cenfri as an Associate where he focussed on work around livelihoods in the digital economy. Roland attained a BSocsci in Economics and Public Administration and a MSc in Economic Development and International Finance from the University of Kent. He has also completed a PhD in Finance at the Graduate School of Business of UCT.

More information on the team

Expert Advisory Committee

The role of the Expert Advisory Committee (EAC) is to oversee the scientific accuracy and relevance of the Global Index. Made up of a diverse group of international experts on artificial intelligence, the EAC will play a key oversight role with respect to the design of the Global Index. The Expert Advisory Committee:

  • Advises on the scientific accuracy and relevance of the Global Index.
  • Advises on priority areas and topics to be covered by the Global Index.
  • Reviews the methodology and indicators of the Global Index.
  • Promotes the complementarity of the Global Index with existing activities and standards on responsible and ethical AI.

EAC Membership advances gender equality at all times and includes regional representation from across the Global South and Global North, as well as the participation of global organisations.

  • The first meeting of the Expert Advisory Committee was held on the 23rd November 2021. Committee members discussed the importance of the Global Index in advancing enforceable rights-based governance of AI around the world.
  • The second meeting of the Expert Advisory Committee will take place in February 2022

Expert Advisory Committee Members

Rachel Adams

Chair, Expert Advisory Committee

Research ICT Africa

Urvashi Aneja

Director and Founder

Digital Futures Lab, India

Ashley Casovan

Executive Director

Responsible AI Institute

Huguette Diakabana

Digital Health Advisor and Co-founder

African Alliance of Digital Health Networks

Kanta Dihal

Senior Research Fellow & Principal Investigator

Global AI Narratives | Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge

Teki Akuetteh

Founder and Executive Director

Africa Digital Rights’ Hub

Dafna Feinholz

Chief of Bioethics and Ethics of Science and Technology


Helani Galpaya

Executive Director


Alison Gillwald

Executive Director

Research ICT Africa

Lacina Kone

Director General of Smart Africa

Smart Africa

Sriganesh Lokanathan

Data Innovation & Policy Lead

UN Global Pulse

Karine Perset

Head of Unit

Artificial Intelligence Policy Observatory - OECD

Sophie Fallaha

Executive Director

International Centre of Expertise in Montreal on AI (CEIMIA)

Paula Ricaurte

Profesora Investigadora Asociada, Tecnológico de Monterrey

Feminist AI Network

Nagla Rizk

Professor of Economics & Founding Director

Access to Knowledge for Development Center - American University in Cairo

Ed Teather

Director of AI Initiatives

Global Partnership on AI

Stephen Walker


Data for Development Research Hub (

Project Timeline


    Designing the Index

    Defining responsible AI principles & indicators

    Participatory and inclusive design of a Responsible AI Index. An Expert Advisory Group has been established to oversee the scientific accuracy and global relevance of the Index.


    Generating the Index

    How is AI being implemented and used?

    In-country research and data collection to generate the index. This phase will include development of a global report benchmarking responsible AI policy & practice.


    Using the Index

    Supporting responsible AI adoption

    Working with regional hubs, CSOs, and governments to engage with the index and report findings. We will also look to support capacity building and adoption of principles in target areas.

The Global Index on Responsible AI will be fully operational in 2022. More information coming soon!

  • Research ICT Africa
  • AI4D