The Data Economy Policy Hub (DepHUB) is the first independent think-tank founded by an indigenous African woman in South Africa.
The main objectives of the DepHUB are to undertake rigorous public policy-oriented research and contribute to formulating evidence-based, forward-looking policies that leverage the multidimensional aspects of data and responsible AI for inclusive sustainable development (AI4SD) in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).
We offer rigorous market research, public policy analysis, technical capacity building, and advisory services on the data-driven digital economy in SSA.
The DepHUB is a registered non-profit organisation based in Johannesburg, South Africa, with a pan-African footprint.
The DepHUB is a founding partner of the South African AI Association (SAAIA) and a member of the Digital for Development (D4D) Hub Civil Society & Academia Advisory Group (CSAAG).
Our mission is to conduct in-depth public interest research that mitigates intersectional inequities and supports human-centred just data value creation (JDVC), sustainable digital development (SDD), and responsible artificial intelligence (RAI) governance at the local, national and global levels.
The DepHUB is committed to contributing to public interest knowledge outputs and advocating for collective African voices, values, interests, visions, concerns, and expectations that should become part of the increasingly global discussion on responsible AI (RAI).
Grounded in heterodox economics, we aim to advocate for strengthening synergetic partnerships, mitigating intersectional systemic inequities, promoting equitable data ecosystems, and encouraging holistic anticipatory governance for public policy and regulatory reform in SSA that can support inclusive structural economic transformation, for Society 5.0, contextualised to SSA realities.
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