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Recognizing Africa’s role in the global knowledge economy.

Welcome to Open African Innovation Research

Where we are committed to recognizing Africa's role in the global knowledge economy and discovering which knowledge governance policies will best ensure that the social and economic benefits of innovation are shared inclusively.

Recent Activity at Open AIR

including news, events, research, and publications.

My First Week of COVID-19 in Town: a Week with More Transformations than I could Realize

By Bertha Vallejo I am an Open AIR QES Fellow with the University of Johannesburg, currently in The Netherlands, due to COVID-19/coronavirus. I have expertise in…

Open AIR March 24, 2020

Meet our New and Emerging Researchers Group

Open AIR’s New and Emerging Researchers Group (NERG) embodies Open AIR’s commitment to the mentorship and development of students and early career researchers.…

Open AIR March 10, 2020

Annual Report 2019

This year the Open AIR network moved into a new phase of research. Following an internal self-evaluation and an independent external evaluation at the midway point…

Open AIR February 24, 2020

Innovation, connaissances traditionnelles et ressources biologiques, Yaoundé

Par : Abdelhamid Benhmade Le Colloque de Yaoundé, 2019, est organisé par l’Université Catholique d’Afrique Centrale, en partenariat avec l’Institut Universitaire…

Hamid Benhmade February 21, 2020

Women in Gungun Share their Experiences in Pottery Making

By Mnena Abuku Pottery is an ancient art in Nigeria and is practiced in different parts of the country. It has high value for the tourism industry as it projects…

Mnena Abuku February 18, 2020

The potential of STI for inclusive and sustainable development in Africa: Highlights of conferences and workshops

By Wondwossen Belete Late last year, I attended four events concerning science, technology, and innovation in Africa. I was honored to be a speaker in three of them.…

Wondwossen Belete February 12, 2020

Annual Report 2019

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 on IP and innovation issues. Open AIR’s evolution is a result of its studies across several economic sectors and areas of IP, which have continuously grown in breadth and depth. This, combined with ongoing training of network members, has resulted in significantly increased capacity among our researchers, including emerging African scholars who joined Open AIR as Research Fellows, as well as African policy and issue leaders, and African innovators, creators, and entrepreneurs.

Open AIR Annual Report 2019 Cover


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