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Recognizing Africa’s role in the global knowledge economy.

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Maker Movement

Open AIR is conducting research on makerspaces across the African continent and Canada because maker activities provide insights into the open, collaborative approaches to innovation that are at the core…
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Gender Equality

Gender inequality remains the reality in every country. Women and girls are often marginalized from social, economic, and political processes—in developed and developing countries alike—although each…
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Metrics, Laws, and Policies

Africa always appears at the tail of rankings of knowledge and innovation indices. Does this mean there is no knowledge produced in Africa? Is there no innovation happening on the continent? On the contrary,…
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High Technology Hubs

Are formal IP protections necessary to encourage innovation? The rapid proliferation of IP rights can result in hundreds of vague and overlapping claims, increased litigation or threats of litigation,…
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Informal Sector Innovation

The majority of business enterprises in Africa are informal – but what are their creative processes? How do they innovate? These questions are largely unanswered, as research on informal enterprises…
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Indigenous Entrepreneurs

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…
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Metrics, Laws, and Policies Expert

Nagla Rizk

Professor at American University of Cairo

High Technology Hubs Expert

Isaac Rutenberg

Professor at Strathmore University

Indigenous Entrepreneurs Expert

Chidi Oguamanam

Professor at University of Ottawa

Informal Sector Innovation Expert

Erika Kraemer-Mbula

Professor at University of Johannesburg

Maker Movement Expert

Chris Armstrong

Researcher at University of Ottawa and University of the Witwatersrand

Gender Equality Expert

Jeremy De Beer

Professor at University of Ottawa