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

Vaccine sharing behaviour in the COVID-19 pandemic: the impact of narratives and peer effects
  • Authors:Michelle Gonz├ílez Amador, Simon Finster, Edwin Lock
  • Project Summary: Our incentivised experiment provides evidence that the willingness to give towards vaccines in low- and middle-income countries is guided more strongly by altruism than self-interest, and is influenced by peer effects. In our study, more than 800 GBP were donated to the COVAX vaccine access initiative.
Directory to Promote Collaboration
  • Project Summary: One of the challenges of enacting MD4SG is often making connections. Our goal is to create a directory to support making connections between researchers, stakeholders, and students from all over the world. We hope this will lower the barrier to starting this important work.

Past Projects


Working Group Organizers

Cynthia Habonimana Machine Learning Researcher Mirza
Elizabeth Bondi-Kelly Postdoctoral Fellow, Incoming Assistant Professor MIT, University of Michigan
Nuredin Ali PhD Student Universiy of Minnesota

Working Group Members

Michelle González Amador Ph.D. Fellow UNU-MERIT / Maastricht University
Tejumade Afonja Doctoral Researcher / Co-founder Cispa Helmholtz Center for Information Security, Saarland University / AI Saturdays Lagos
illenin kondo Senior Research Economist Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Siphelele Danisa MSc Graduate University of Toronto
Olumurejiwa Fatunde Postdoc Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Simon Finster Postdoc CREST-ENSAE, Paris
Edwin Lock Research Fellow Nuffield College, University of Oxford
Chinasa Okolo Ph.D. Student in Computer Science Cornell University
Kennedy Rodgers Odongo
Ajani Adedeji
Azubuike Prince Chinazaekpere
Melsew Belachew
Abdulakeem Yusuf Ademola
Ma. Cristina Bargo
Owolafe Otasowie Federal University of Technology, Akure
Olukayode Akanni
Ruben Martinez-Cardenas
Al-Bashir Muhammad
Calvin Williams
Vijay Keswani
Genevieve Smith PhD Candidate Oxford
Charles Van-Hein Sackey PhD Student CMU
George Obaido
Idowu Aruleba