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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.

Depicting Reality in the African Context

By Menna Badreldin It is challenging to quantify a phenomenon in the same method across countries. Indices are generally a tool to represent a certain issue…

Menna Badreldin April 8, 2019

The Open African Innovation Research Partnership Transition Workshop

By Dana El Bashbisy On the 8th of February 2018, members of the Open African Innovation Research Partnership (Open AIR) gathered in Accra, Ghana to share research…

Dana El Bashbisy April 1, 2019

WIPO IGC 39: Unraveling the Tiered Approach to TK/TCEs

By Chidi Oguamanam WIPO IGC negotiations One of the major innovations of the IGC, in its long-running search for international legal instruments for the effective…

Chidi Oguamanam March 28, 2019

The Maker Movement Across North Africa (Arabic)

نغم الحسامي ونجلاء رزق Authored by: Nagham El Houssamy and Dr. Nagla Rizk For the English version of this Working Paper, please click…

Nagham El Houssamy March 27, 2019

Researching Maker Communities and Socio-economic Inclusion

By Chris Armstrong, Open AIR Research Associate As part of our Maker Movement research theme, we at Open AIR are trying to build understanding of how participation…

Chris Armstrong March 18, 2019

Challenging Power Structures in the Context of Global Change

by Esther Ekong As part of its Solutions for Gender Equality speaker series, The International Development Research Centre (IDRC), hosted a special panel…

Esther Ekong March 12, 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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