Rome-based Catholic Development Entity for Africa Announces AI training for Communicators

Credit: Harambee Africa International (HAI)

Harambee Africa International (HAI), a Catholic Development foundation supporting African countries, is inviting digital communicators to participate in its Artificial Intelligence (AI) training at a university in Rome.

Information provided by the Rome-based development foundation indicates that the one-day training will take place at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome on February 10.

“Registration is now open to attend the training day on digital communication,” reads the announcement, adding that the theme of the training is, “Artificial intelligence changes the way we do communication.”

The training, scheduled to take place between 9 a.m.-1 p.m., is promoted and organized by ISCOM, in collaboration with HAI and the Faculty of Institutional Social Communication of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross.

HAI describes AI as “intelligence that writes texts, an artificial intelligence that draws images, and an artificial intelligence that creates videos.”


“AI has so far been used in commercial and manufacturing areas… but the latest disruptive developments make one fear that the space for humans may be shrinking,” writes HAI.

The Rome-based foundation notes that just like in other professions, AI is a defining moment for communications.

“The current revolution is such a great opportunity for the entire communication sector that we have to ask: Is it possible to think about AI that is also useful for the third sector and institutional communication?” HAI poses, and adds, “This question will be answered by the experts involved.”

The February 10 seminar at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome is to be facilitated by digital and data experts.

The day has been divided into three working sessions, in which three specialists are to address different aspects of how AI can impact and be a useful tool for communication.

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The seminar is aimed at professionals who work or intend to work in digital communication of non-profit institutions and entities. These include non-profit organizations, universities, educational centers, cultural, social, and religious institutions, and public service institutions, among others.

HAI is a non-profit, world-wide solidarity initiative "to benefit Africa", according to information on the foundation's website

Projects funded by the Harambee network are as varied as emergency medical services for mothers and children, craft schools training women and their families for productive work, education initiatives for teachers and students, libraries, youth projects for orphans and the handicapped, well water, scholarship for nursing students, technical training and more.

To date, the Harambee network has completed 66 projects in 20 countries:  Angola, Benin, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tomè and Príncipe, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Sudan, Togo, and Uganda. 

The Rome-based Catholic development entity also provides scholarships for Seminarians from various African countries pursuing their studies in Italy.


Additional information on the just announced AI training requires those interested in the training to register in advance online, and that a certificate of participation will be issued at the end of the course.

Agnes Aineah is a Kenyan journalist with a background in digital and newspaper reporting. She holds a Master of Arts in Digital Journalism from the Aga Khan University, Graduate School of Media and Communications and a Bachelor's Degree in Linguistics, Media and Communications from Kenya's Moi University. Agnes currently serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.