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

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

Ramifications of the WIPO IGC for IP and Development

Authored by Chidi Oguamanam Over the years, the idea of traditional knowledge has progressively unraveled as a traction point for complex issue linkages between…

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, this Working Paper sets out findings from research into the dynamics of the emerging “maker” movement in…

Erika Kraemer-Mbula June 6, 2017