Tiered or Differentiated Approach to Traditional Knowledge and Traditional Cultural Expressions

This report gives an overview and update of the World Intellectual Property Organization’s expert committee, the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC).

Determinants of Innovation in Ethiopian Informal-Sector Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs)

Authored by: Wondwossen Belete Abstract: This Working Paper examines the main factors affecting the process of learning and innovation in informal-sector micro and small enterprises...

Determinants of Innovation Capability in Informal Settings: The Case of Nigeria’s...

Authored by: Oluseye Oladayo Jegede and Olubukola Esther Jegede Abstract: This study contributes to the growing literature on innovation capability in the informal sector in...

Firm-Level Innovation in Africa: Overcoming Limits and Constraints

Edited by: Oluseye Jegede: The literature on innovation in Africa is rapidly expanding, and a recurring thread in the emergent literature is the pervasiveness of systemic weaknesses that inhibit the innovation process. Despite these, firms are able to innovate in Africa.

Behind the Number: A Review of Index Methodologies to Improve Innovation...

This paper reviews the methodologies of 16 indices in innovation, information and communication technologies, economic environment, governance, and development.

Towards an Alternative Assessment of Innovation in Africa

Authored by: Nagla Rizk, Ayah El Said, Nadine Weheba and Jeremy de Beer Abstract: This background paper is drafted with the purpose of revisiting the...

A Scan of South Africa’s Maker Movement

This paper sets out findings from a national scan of maker collectives in South Africa. The scan gathered data on more than 20 maker communities across five South African provinces.

Perspectives on Research Excellence in the Global South: assessment, monitoring and...

This paper discusses various features of research excellence (RE) in Africa, framed within the context of African science granting councils (SCGs) and pan-African RE initiatives.

Integrating Gender Perspectives into African Innovation Research

Authored by Jeremy de Beer, Katie Degendorfer, Meika Ellis, and Alyssa Gaffen. Gender inequality remains the reality in every country. Women and girls are often...

Annual Report 2017

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...