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Inclusion with automation

The Proto Foundation delivers the benefits of conversational AI to marginalized populations in the least developed countries, via a combinaton of catalytic cash and in-kind grants.

our projects
The Proto Foundation fills a critical gap between sponsoring organizations and governments in the least developed countries that need efficient mass-communication technology to overcome gender, inclusion, and health challenges.
Daiene Vernile
Managing Director

Some of our projects

Here’s how we invest

We target investments into supported countries where AICX technology has the highest potential for return on investment for beneficiaries, and alignment with the following Sustainable Development Goals.

meet the team
Supported countries i
Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Kiribati, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Yemen, Zambia

Empower Women and Girls

We support projects that collect gender disaggregated data and enable recourse communication directly to the state, without the involvement of male representatives.

Ensure Economic Growth

We support projects that increase the capacity of entire financial ecosystems to equalize support across banks, insurance, microfinance, and other services.

Strengthen Public Institutions

We support projects that promote greater trust in the state by providing citizens with equalized and efficient access to government services.

Technology developed WITH support from

Foundation team

Bo Bocar

Field Director

Bo Bocar Abdoulaye


Ba Bocar is a special attaché to the president of Mauritania, and he also serves as the president of the African Network of Youth and Adolescents in Population and Development for the Pan-African Youth Forum.


Managing Director

Daiene Vernile

Daiene is a former Minister of Culture for Canada's largest province and an award-winning broadcast news journalist, specialized in community-building, innovation promotion, and inclusion initiatives.


Field Director

Emma Ndoringoma

Emma is an engineer and telco services company founder with experience serving NGOs, public & financial institutions and telecom operators across fifteen African countries.


Field Director

Gwendolyn Myers

Gwendolyn is the founder and executive director of Messengers for Peace, overseeing a thousand volunteers in over twenty schools and vulnerable communities in Liberia.


Field Director

Landry Nzokira

Landry is a strategic planning expert with 10+ years experience in the communications, impact investing and internet sectors in Burundi.


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Simone di Castri


Simone is a frontier digital economy leader with 15 years of high-impact via the GSMA Code of Conduct for Mobile Money Providers, AFI Consumer Empowerment and Market Conduct group, and the RegTech for Regulators Accelerator (R2A).
Network effects
Powered by constant HermesAI™ learning across language domains.
Regulator compliance
Built in partnership with supervisory authorities across the Global South.
Global security
End-to-end encryption and secure connector for local databases.
Controlled costs for scaling services across new and existing markets.
Automated complaints processing for regulated digital ecosystems.
Designed for consumers at the bottom of the pyramid.

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