“I will participate in ISA because I am passionate about reducing inequality. My hope for the future is for everyone to have a fair opportunity to overcome poverty. “

Ruusa Ipinge (35 years) is a co-founder of WaC Namibia and a junior lecturer at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), she holds a master’s degree in data science for business from the University of Stirling. Ruusa is a humanitarian who is driven by helping society to make better decisions through data support. She believes that well-captured data, along with the use of higher-level technology such as machine learning, will assist to identify and locate the most vulnerable people in Namibia, making it easier for policymakers to improve the welfare of people and measure the progress towards achieving the SDGs.

Her ISA project aims to develop an analytical machine learning model that will predict qualified applicants for social immediate help using the first sample of available data from Khomas region. Ruusa wishes to volunteer her skills through this project and develop a data centralization system with built-in machine learning that would help in addressing poverty in the affected communities. With her ISA project, she is committed to goals number 1 and 10 of the SDGs: no poverty and reduced inequalities, respectively.