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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.

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Annual Report 2019

This year the Open AIR network moved into a new phase of research. Following an internal self-evaluation and an independent external evaluation at the midway point…

Open AIR February 24, 2020

Innovation, connaissances traditionnelles et ressources biologiques, Yaoundé

Par : Abdelhamid Benhmade Le Colloque de Yaoundé, 2019, est organisé par l’Université Catholique d’Afrique Centrale, en partenariat avec l’Institut Universitaire…

Hamid Benhmade February 21, 2020

Women in Gungun Share their Experiences in Pottery Making

By Mnena Abuku Pottery is an ancient art in Nigeria and is practiced in different parts of the country. It has high value for the tourism industry as it projects…

Mnena Abuku February 18, 2020

The potential of STI for inclusive and sustainable development in Africa: Highlights of conferences and workshops

By Wondwossen Belete Late last year, I attended four events concerning science, technology, and innovation in Africa. I was honored to be a speaker in three of them.…

Wondwossen Belete February 12, 2020

Gender Equality and Women Empowerment in Southwest States of Nigeria

By Esther Adekunbi Gender equality is a very important issue in today’s world, while also a fraught debate. Gender equality can be achieved when men and women…

Esther Adekunbi February 10, 2020

Report on the 4th AfricaLics Conference, Tanzania

By Esther Ekong Africa is making her way fearlessly into the global center stage as new models of innovation, aiming to not only address the needs of low-income…

Esther Ekong January 27, 2020

Annual Report 2019

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.

Open AIR Annual Report 2019 Cover

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