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Open AIR Expert

Chidi Oguamanam

Chidi Oguamanam

Professor at University of Ottawa

RESEARCH AREA DESCRIPTION

Traditional knowledge has always been a source of livelihood for people, and is increasingly becoming a source of innovation for many entrepreneurs.

The informal economy, the health care sector, the fashion industry, the and entertainment industries, and the hospitality industry are just a few of the sectors that take inspiration from traditional knowledge. It’s the raw material for building niche businesses and creating economic opportunities. These innovations are also increasingly taking into account modern technologies, especially information and communication technologies.

Such technologies are crucial in scaling up traditional knowledge and the economic empowerment of its stakeholders.

Open AIR’s research focuses on how traditional knowledge is used in the interests of indigenous communities, and how it helps establish entrepreneurial businesses.

To find out more about Open AIR’s work on traditional knowledge and IP, go to our case studies page, our annual report, or our two published books: Innovation and Intellectual Property: Collaborative Dynamics in Africa (Cape Town: UCT Press, 2014), and Knowledge and Innovation in Africa: Scenarios for the Future (Cape Town: Open AIR, 2013).

RECENT DISCUSSION

about Indigenous Entrepreneurs

Women Bridging the Gap of Change and Innovation in Africa

By Mnena Abuku Women in Africa have faced a diversity of struggles in their efforts toward sustainable development. This is largely because globalisation has brought…

Mnena Abuku January 12, 2020

Complexities of Social Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship by Two Indigenous Organisations in Rural South Africa

Authored by: Britta Rutert and Cath Traynor Abstract:  In this Working Paper, we present our findings in respect of the innovative and entrepreneurial behaviour…

Open AIR December 19, 2019

Climate Change Injustice: Technology, Innovation and the Politics of Climate Change

By Olanrewaju A. Fagbohun, Ph.D, SAN In charting a future course where the goal is about equitable and democratic end to fossil fuel production, we may begin to…

Open AIR November 6, 2019

Empowering Indigenous Craft Women in Africa

By Desmond Oriakhogba As an Open AIR NERG and QEScholar, I have been conducting research since June 2018 on the empowerment of indigenous craft women in Africa.…

Desmond Oriakhogba October 3, 2019

Feminine Wisdom as an Axis to Traditional Knowledge in Africa

By Michael P.K. Okyerefo* The pivotal place of feminine wisdom in Africa may surprise a good many outsiders! As one of my friends would always say, “women possess…

Michael P.K. Okyerefo July 11, 2019
Invention in Africa: Open AIR shares its Model at CAAS 2019

Invention in Africa: Open AIR shares its Model at CAAS 2019

By Uchenna Felicia Ugwu Africa is becoming recognized as an important hub of informal innovation, which should not be excluded or ignored by formal systems for IP…

Uchenna Ugwu June 27, 2019
40th WIPO IGC: Mixed Impressions as Experts Seek a New Mandate

40th WIPO IGC: Mixed Impressions as Experts Seek a New Mandate

By Chidi Oguamanam, cross-posted from ABS Canada. Pre-session Strategy Meetings Experts and delegates gathered in Geneva for the 40th session of the WIPO IGC,…

Chidi Oguamanam June 27, 2019
Focusing on Indigenous Data Sovereignty as Part of ‘Shifting Horizons’

Focusing on Indigenous Data Sovereignty as Part of ‘Shifting Horizons’

By Toni Valenti On Thursday, March 28th, Open AIR attended the Indigenous Data Sovereignty panel at the Shifting Horizons research data conference at the University…

Toni Valenti May 16, 2019

Empowering Rural Craft Women through Social Entrepreneurship and Open, Inclusive Innovation

By Desmond Osaretin Oriakhogba My Engagement with the Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa As part of my on-going project as a Queen Elizabeth…

Desmond Oriakhogba May 5, 2019

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

By Chidi Oguamanam One of the major innovations of the IGC, in its long-running search for international legal instruments for the effective protection of TK/TCEs…

Chidi Oguamanam March 28, 2019

Genetic Resources, Justice and Reconciliation: Canada and Global Access and Benefit Sharing

Edited by: Chidi Oguamanam Contributors: Timothy J. Hodges, Jock Langford, Roger Hunka, Joshua Nichols, Daniel W. Dylan, Fred Perron-Welch, Christopher Koziol, Larry…

Chidi Oguamanam February 1, 2019
Workshop on Integrating Gender Perspectives into Research Projects: Focusing on Social Justice, Inclusivity, and Openness

Workshop on Integrating Gender Perspectives into Research Projects: Focusing on Social Justice, Inclusivity, and Openness

By Desmond Oriakhogba Recently, Open AIR participated in a workshop which focused on the integration of gender perspectives into research projects aimed at promoting…

Desmond Oriakhogba December 18, 2018