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 cross-regional PPP research platform. It examines, on empirical and theoretical perspectives, the elements of the Open AIR project, including its core driving factors relevant to the development gap associated with IP and knowledge governance in Africa. The authors reflect on policy ramifications, practical lessons, and limitations of the cross-regional research partnership for not only advancing the sustainable development objective but also for expanding an understanding of PPPs in a context that is scarcely broached.

Oguamanam, C., & de Beer, J. (2017). A Cross-Regional Research Partnership for Sustainable Development: The Open African Innovation Research (Open Air) Experience. (Open AIR Working Paper 8). Ottawa: Open AIR; uOttawa Faculty of Law Working Paper No. 2017-34. Available at SSRN: or