Digital Mandhwane: Enabling Inclusive Digital Transformation in Rural South Africa 

By Kgopotso Ditshego Magoro COVID-19 has exposed that, while the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) evangelists are preaching that we are experiencing a revolution, for many South Africans, 4IR remains a myth. The world’s new order of remote working and virtual learning has widened the digital...

Interim Report 2021

First/Third World COVID-19 Vaccination Divide The COVID-19 pandemic has continued to disrupt Open AIR activities. Certain of our research activities have had to be postponed, while others have been able to go ahead. The first/third-world divide has been exacerbated by the lack of vaccines for...

Harnessing AI and Big Data for Development in Africa: The Prospects and Challenges of the IP System

By Sileshi Hirko Putting Africa at the Forefront in Digital Economies Central to the flourishing digital economies, the transformative power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the potentials of big data are considered to be the drivers of sustainable development. Indeed, AI and big data are both...

Access to Sustainable and Inclusive Energy through Pay-As-You-Go Solar Technologies in Sub-Saharan Africa

By Mireille Yeo Wondia There have been significant global efforts to meet Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 7 – to ensure access to reliable, affordable and sustainable energy for all – but challenges still remain. Globally, 800 million people still lack access to electricity, with 85%...

Innovation and Scaling by Tech Hubs and Their Hosted Startups: Three South African Cases

Authored by: Lucienne Abrahams Abstract: This Working Paper sets out a view of the nature of three South African tech hubs, their modes of knowledge enablement, their complex context of knowledge creation, their measures of success or failure, and their evolution. Based on case studies...