Localising AI for crisis response
Combining collective crisis intelligence and participatory AI for local humanitarian action
Nesta hosted an online event to discuss the results of a project to research, design and test new collective crisis intelligence solutions
In April 2021, Nesta’s Centre for Collective Intelligence Design, in partnership with the IFRC Solferino Academy, launched a new project to research, design and test new collective crisis intelligence (CCI) solutions.
CCI combines artificial intelligence (AI) with methods that gather on-the-ground human intelligence from communities affected by crises and frontline responders.
The researchers shared the results of a year-long partnership with the Nepal Red Cross Society and Cameroon Red Cross Society, where they prototyped new CCI solutions.
- NFRI-Predict – a tool that anticipated which non-food aid households in different regions of Nepal would need after a crisis.
- Report and Respond – an SMS-based tool that allowed Red Cross volunteers in Cameroon to check the accuracy of rumours and misinformation about Covid-19 they heard from the communities they worked with, and receive real-time guidance on appropriate responses.
- How they developed these tools using Nesta’s participatory AI methodology.
- Key takeaways for the humanitarian sector as a whole and lessons learnt.
The event finished with a Q&A with the project team, including IFRC Solferino Academy staff, data science fellows from Nepal and Cameroon, and researchers from the Centre for Collective Intelligence and Data Analytics Practice.
Read the report: Localising AI for crisis response.
The project was funded by a grant from the UK Humanitarian Innovation Hub (UKHIH). UKHIH is an independent entity hosted within Elrha and fully funded by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office.