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.
Thanks to major funding raised from various sources in recent years, we have remodelled our “project” on African innovation into a multi-institutional network of dynamic partnerships. That required substantial efforts to redesign our governance structure, establish protocols for financial and administrative management, build internal and external communications infrastructure, develop and implement research ethics best-practices, and solicit and select a batch of new sub-projects to fund.