The enterprise space has been energized by the potential of AI technologies to reimagine the way business is done. The same functionality that optimizes processes and amplifies worker potential can also make a meaningful impact in the non-profit world, particularly in relation to large challenges such as poverty eradication.
Reaching the United Nations’ 17 sustainable development goals to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030 would cost between $3.3 trillion to $4.5 trillion annually, according to estimates. When you consider that the UN’s official development aid budget is only $150 billion, it becomes obvious that a new strategy is needed to address these issues. And this is where AI-fueled amplification can be of service.
This was the premise of the Digital Workforce Summit presentation by Grete Faremo, the Executive Director of UNOPS (United Nations Office of Project Services). AI has the power to accelerate productivity while minimizing overhead, which is what makes it such a promising solution for the global development community. “Can [AI technologies] deliver smarter, better, and faster services as well as jobs?” Faremo asked the audience. “Can automation allow us more time to focus on quality and how to solve core needs and services, and even enhance the meaning behind an impact of our work? The potential is undeniable.” You can watch her presentation here.