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Recognizing Africa’s role in the global knowledge economy.

WIPO Special Committee on Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge, and Traditional Cultural Expression Shies Away from Consolidating its Mandate but Agrees on Lack of Indigenous Participation

The World Intellectual Property Organization’s specialist committee charged with negotiating text-based instrument(s) for the effective protection of Genetic Resources…

Chidi Oguamanam June 28, 2017

Exploring Crowd-Based Capitalism in Africa’s Sharing Economy

The sharing economy has been growing at an ever-accelerating pace throughout the world as peer-to-peer networks and collaborative company models continue to pop…

Jeremy de Beer June 28, 2017

A Cross-Regional Research Partnership for Sustainable Development: The Open African Innovation Research (Open AIR) Experience

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

Chidi Oguamanam June 27, 2017

Open Data's Effect on Food Security

Agricultural data is a vital resource in the effort to address food insecurity. This data is used across the food-production chain. For example, farmers rely on…

Jeremy de Beer June 21, 2017

A Data Commons for Food Security

Jeremiah Baarbé, Meghan Blom, and Jeremy de Beer Publication Date: 20 June 2017 Download: A Data Commons for Food Security (918KB) We propose a ‘data commons’,…

Jeremiah Baarbe June 20, 2017

Ramifications of the WIPO IGC for IP and Development

Authored by: Chidi Oguamanam Download: Ramifications of the WIPO IGC for IP and Development Over the years, the idea of traditional knowledge has progressively unraveled…

Chidi Oguamanam June 15, 2017

Innovation by “makers” in South Africa’s Gauteng Province

The “Makers” who come together to tinker and hack in the maker collectives of South Africa’s Gauteng Province display a wide range of innovation practices,…

Chris Armstrong June 7, 2017

The Maker Movement in Gauteng Province, South Africa

Authored by: Erika Kraemer-Mbula and Chris Armstrong. Abstract: This Working Paper sets out findings from research into the dynamics of the emerging “maker”…

Erika Kraemer-Mbula June 6, 2017