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Recognizing Africa’s role in the global knowledge economy.

Welcome to Open African Innovation Research

Where we are committed to recognizing Africa's role in the global knowledge economy and discovering which knowledge governance policies will best ensure that the social and economic benefits of innovation are shared inclusively.

Recent Activity at Open AIR

including news, events, research, and publications.

Shifting Horizons Conference

By Michael Dao On March 28th, 2019, the University of Ottawa hosted the Shifting Horizons: Managing Your Research Data Conference, a day-long series of workshops…

Michael Dao August 13, 2019

The Blue Economy and The Need for Open IP

By Eashan Karnik, cross-posted from Smart Prosperity Institute The need to adopt clean energy technologies is a pressing issue not just in Canada, but…

Eashan Karnik August 12, 2019

Makerspaces et émancipation des femmes en Afrique : Briser les préjugés !

Par Thomas Hervé Mboa Nkoudou Au cours de mon séjour de recherche, je me suis intéressé à la place réservée aux femmes au sein des Makerspaces d’Afrique…

Thomas Hervé Mboa Nkoudou July 12, 2019

Feminine Wisdom as an Axis to Traditional Knowledge in Africa

By Michael P.K. Okyerefo* The pivotal place of feminine wisdom in Africa may surprise a good many outsiders! As one of my friends would always say, “women…

Michael P.K. Okyerefo July 11, 2019

Invention in Africa: Open AIR shares its Model at CAAS 2019

By Uchenna Felicia Ugwu Presenting at the CAAS 2019 conference Africa is becoming recognized as an important hub of informal innovation, which should not…

Uchenna Ugwu June 27, 2019

40th WIPO IGC: Mixed Impressions as Experts Seek a New Mandate

By Chidi Oguamanam, cross-posted from ABS Canada. Pre-session Strategy Meetings Experts and delegates gathered in Geneva for the 40th session of the…

Chidi Oguamanam June 27, 2019

Annual Report 2018

Since its inception more than a decade ago, Open AIR has created capacity at four African hubs and evolved into one of Africa’s most unique and credible voices on IP and innovation issues. Open AIR’s evolution is a result of its studies across several economic sectors and areas of IP, which have continuously grown in breadth and depth. This, combined with ongoing training of network members, has resulted in significantly increased capacity among our researchers, including emerging African scholars who joined Open AIR as Research Fellows, as well as African policy and issue leaders, and African innovators, creators, and entrepreneurs.

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