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Recognizing Africa’s role in the global knowledge economy.

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…

Victoria Schorr November 19, 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

By Tobias Schonwetter and 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

MSMEs and Open Collaborative Innovation in Botswana

Authored by Njoku Ola Ama and Francis Nathan Okurut, this study explores the adoption, by micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in Botswana, of open…

Njoko Ola Ama August 29, 2018

ICTS in Agricultural Production and Potential Deployment in Operationalising Geographical Indications in Uganda

Authored by Tesh Dagne and Chidi Oguamanam, the purpose of this study was to explore the role that agricultural information and communication technologies (ICTs)…

Tesh Dagne August 27, 2018

Determinants of Innovation in Ethiopian Informal-Sector Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs)

Authored by Wondwossen Belete, this Working Paper examines the main factors affecting the process of learning and innovation in informal-sector micro and small enterprises…

Wondwossen Belete August 10, 2018

Determinants of Innovation Capability in Informal Settings: The Case of Nigeria's Clustered ICT Microenterprises

Authored by Oluseye Oladayo Jegede and Olubukola Esther Jegede, this study contributes to the growing literature on innovation capability in the informal sector…

Oluseye Jegede August 7, 2018

Firm-Level Innovation In Africa: Overcoming Limits and Constraints

Edited by Oluseye Jegede and other non-Open AIR researchers including Abiodun Egbetokun, Richmond Atta-Ankomah, , Edward Lorenz. Click Here to Purchase The…

Oluseye Jegede August 1, 2018

Towards an Alternative Assessment of Innovation in Africa

Authored by Nagla Rizk, Ayah El Said, Nadine Weheba and Jeremy de Beer, this background paper is drafted with the purpose of revisiting the literature on innovation…

Nagla Rizk February 8, 2018

Behind the Number: A Review of Index Methodologies to Improve Innovation Measurement in Africa

Authored by Islam Hassouna, this paper reviews the methodologies of 16 indices in innovation, information and communication technologies, economic environment, governance,…

Islam Hassouna February 8, 2018

A Scan of South Africa's Maker Movement

Authored by Jeremy de Beer, Chris Armstrong, Meika Ellis and Erika Kraemer-Mbula, this Working Paper sets out findings from a national scan of maker collectives…

Jeremy de Beer December 21, 2017

Perspectives on research excellence in the Global South: assessment, monitoring and evaluation in developing-country contexts

Authored by Robert Tijssen and Kraemer-Mbula   Abstract: Our article discusses various features of research excellence (RE) in Africa, framed within…

Erika Kraemer-Mbula October 1, 2017

Integrating Gender Perspectives into African Innovation Research

Authored by Jeremy de Beer, Katie Degendorfer, Meika Ellis, and Alyssa Gaffen. Gender inequality remains the reality in every country. Women and girls are often…

Jeremy de Beer September 21, 2017

Annual Report 2017

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…

Victoria Schorr September 5, 2017

Open innovation in development: Integrating theory and practice across open science, open access, and open data

Authored by Jeremy de Beer, this article integrates the concepts of open innovation and open development. It extends the theory of open development beyond the field…

Jeremy de Beer July 26, 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

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

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

Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation: Assessing Regional Integration in Africa (ARIA VIII)

Authored by: Caroline Ncube, Tobias Schonwetter, Jeremy de Beer and Chidi Oguamanam. To assist trade policymakers in the development of a framework, this paper…

Caroline Ncube May 5, 2017

Three Centuries and Counting: The Emergence and Development of Intellectual Property Law in Africa

Authored by: Caroline Ncube This chapter will be published in the Oxford Handbook of Intellectual Property edited by Rochelle Dreyfuss and Justine Pila. It provides…

Caroline Ncube May 1, 2017