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The Maker Movement Across North Africa (Arabic)

نغم الحسامي ونجلاء رزق Authored by: Nagham El Houssamy and Dr. Nagla Rizk For the English version of this Working Paper, please click…

Nagham El Houssamy March 27, 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

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

Authored by: Chidi Oguamanam Abstract: The Nigerian movie industry, known as Nollywood, has attracted an impressive degree of research interest since its debut…

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 and Bram Van Weile Abstract: Recognising the potential of 3D printing technology for facilitating locally relevant innovation and…

Tobias Schonwetter October 15, 2018

The Maker Movement Across North Africa

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

Nagham El Houssamy October 5, 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…

Open AIR October 1, 2018

Skills Development, Knowledge and Innovation at Suame Magazine, Kumasi

Authored by: Yaw Adu-Gyamfi and Benson Adjei Abstract: The informal-sector industrial cluster of Suame Magazine in Kumasi constitutes a major avenue for training,…

Yaw Adu-Gyamfi September 4, 2018

MSMEs and Open Collaborative Innovation in Botswana

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

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 Abstract: The purpose of this study was to explore the role that agricultural information and communication technologies…

Tesh Dagne August 27, 2018

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

Authored by: Wondwossen Belete Abstract: This Working Paper examines the main factors affecting the process of learning and innovation in informal-sector micro…

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: Abstract: This study contributes to the growing literature on innovation capability in the informal…

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 literature…

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 Abstract: This background paper is drafted with the purpose of revisiting the literature…

Nagla Rizk February 8, 2018

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

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

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 Abstract: 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…

Open AIR September 5, 2017

Chapitre 1: Innovation, propriété intellectuelle et développement en Afrique

Jeremy de Beer, Chidi Oguamanam et Tobias Schonwetter Date de publication : septembre 2017 Télécharger : Chapitre 1: Innovation, propriété intellectuelle et…

Jeremy de Beer September 1, 2017

Chapitre 16 : La propriété intellectuelle collaborative à l’heure actuelle en Afrique

Jeremy de Beer, Chris Armstrong, Chidi Oguamanam et Tobias Schonwetter Date de publication : septembre 2017 Télécharger: Chapitre 16 : La propriété intellectuelle…

Jeremy de Beer September 1, 2017

Chapitre 2: Cadres d’analyse de l’innovation africaine : l’entrepreneuriat, l’économie informelle et la propriété intellectuelle

Jeremy de Beer, Izabella Sowa et Kristen HolmanDate de publication: septembre 2017Télécharger: Chapitre 2: Cadres d’analyse de l’innovation africaine : l’entrepreneuriat,…

Jeremy de Beer September 1, 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

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…

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