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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.

Highlighting Inclusion of Marginalized Voices at International Conferences: A NERG’s experience

Over the past four months, I have had the privilege of attending three international conferences as a panelist thanks to the generous support of Open AIR where I…

Nicole Tumaine October 22, 2018

The Nollywood Phenomenon: Innovation, Openness and Technical Opportunism in the Modeling of Successful African Entrepreneurship

Abstract: The Nigerian movie industry, known as Nollywood, has attracted an impressive degree of research interest since its debut in the 1990s, resulting in…

Chidi Oguamanam October 17, 2018

3D Printing: Enabler of Social Entrepreneurship in Africa? The Roles of FabLabs and Low-Cost 3D Printers

Authored by: Tobias Schonwetter, Bram Van Weile Recognising the potential of 3D printing technology for facilitating locally relevant innovation and social entrepreneurship…

Tobias Schonwetter October 15, 2018

The Maker Movement Across North Africa

Authored by: Nagham El Houssamy and Dr. Nagla Rizk This Working Paper sets out findings from research exploring the growing maker movement across North Africa,…

Nagham El Houssamy October 5, 2018

Skills Development, Knowledge and Innovation at Suame Magazine, Kumasi

Authored by: Yaw Adu-Gyamfi and Benson Adjei This Working Paper sets out findings from research exploring the growing maker movement across North Africa, focusing…

Yaw Adu-Gyamfi September 4, 2018

A Cross-Regional Research Partnership for Innovation and Sustainable Development

Authored by: Chidi Oguamanam, Jeremy de Beer This paper positions and critiques the Open African Innovation Research (Open AIR) network as a unique cross-regional…

Chidi Oguamanam September 1, 2018

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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