Working Groups


The MD4SG Development working group fosters collaboration and discussion amongst practitioners and academics to understand and tackle issues pertaining to the role and application of technology in addressing challenges in emerging nations and under-resourced settings. We study how techniques from algorithm and mechanism design, computational social science, and optimization can inform and help advance existing development policies and practices.

Ongoing Projects


Selected Readings


Talks Given


Working Group Organizers

Tejumade Afonja Graduate Student Saarland University
Chinasa Okolo Ph.D. Student in Computer Science Cornell University

Working Group Members

Rediet Abebe Junior Fellow Harvard University
Yves Dusenge Software Engineer and ML Engineer Eltoro
Michelle González Amador Ph.D. Fellow in Economics and Governance UNU-MERIT / Maastricht University
Cynthia Habonimana Undergraduate Student California State University-Long Beach
Lynn Kirabo Ph.D. Student in Computer Science Carnegie Mellon University
Irene Lo Assistant Professor in Management Science & Engineering Stanford University
Dina Machuve Lecturer in Information and Communication Science Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology
Lindiwe Malobola Masters Student in Computer Science University of the Witwatersrand
George Musumba Lecturer in Computer Science Dedan Kimathi University of Technology
Believe Ohiozua Undergraduate Student University of Benin
Francisco Marmolejo Fellow University of Oxford
Moses Namara Ph.D Student Clemson University
Ezinne Nwankwo Ph.D. Student in Statistics Duke University
Regina Rex Undergraduate Student University of Wisconsin-Superior
Jean-Michel Sarr Ph.D. Student in Computer Science University of Dakar
Raesetje Sifala Masters Student University of the Witwatersrand
Michael Yimer Undergraduate Student HiLCoE School of Computer Science and Technology and Addis Ababa Univeristy
Ahmed Olanrewaju Lecturer University of Ibadan
Ilenin Kondo Assistant Professor Stanford University
Pradeep Balachandran Technical Consultant Independent
Mwiza Simbeye Machine Learning Researcher and Engineering Fellow AgriPredict and Major League Hacking
Meareg Hailemariam  AI Researcher and Programmer Hanson Robotics
Edwin Lock DPhil Candidate in Computer Science University of Oxford
Jacob Jonnerby DPhil Candidate in Physics University of Oxford
Ninad Rajgopal DPhil Candidate in Theoretical Computer Science University of Oxford