A new initiative aimed at promoting the use of technology to reduce poverty has been launched in Kenya.The initiative known as Pathways for Prosperity: A new Commission on Technology and Inclusive Development, was launched yesterday by American philanthropist Melinda Gates.

The new technologies include the use of artificial intelligence (AI), automation, robotics, nanotechnology among others, which will be used to spur inclusive growth and effective governanceThe new commission will find what technology can do for jobs and economic opportunities in developing countries. The commission will also investigate how emerging technologies can be harnessed for use in the poorest countries to tackle problems and enhance economic opportunities.

Dubbed Pathways for Prosperity, and managed through Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government, the commission will over the next two years examine how emerging technologies like automation, robotics, and artificial intelligence will disrupt job creation, the geography of value chains, and economic growth. The hope is the $5 million study will foster inclusivity and provide recommendations to governments to spur innovation and help reduce the fear around digitation and machine learning.
The idea stems from billionaire philanthropist Melinda Gates’s concern that the world was losing its intellectual leaders and that there is a need to create a new generation of thought leaders, particularly in the global south, to drive the conversation.