The Open AIR network’s previous research showed that innovation is happening in Africa in ways that were previously overlooked. Currently, we are expanding on that analysis by focusing on the scalability of open and collaborative business models, and their impacts on development. Detailed findings from our research themes and case studies are now available and guiding us in new directions for our research.
Our previous activities also created a new and unique interdisciplinary community of established and emerging African researchers. Joint activities significantly increased research quality and capacity, adding a credible, independent, and distinctly African voice to global knowledge policy debates. We are now leveraging this social capital to further our policy and practical influence, and to position our African leaders more centrally in global networks via cross-regional partnerships with Canada as well as with countries in the Global South.