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Open A.I.R. Project Steering Committee member Prof. Chidi Oguamanam of the University of Ottawa makes a call, in an item written for University World News, for the African continent to benefit from  "more independent and less suspect capacity building on IP that breaks from the prevailing status quo." Read the article.

The African Journal of Science, Technology, Innovation and Development (AJSTID) invites participants at the Cape Town 2013 combined 3rd Global Congress on IP and the Public Interest and Open A.I.R. Conference on Innovation and IP in Africa, hosted 9-13 December 2013 by the University of Cape Town, to submit their Congress & Conference papers for consideration for a 2014 special issue.

The 3rd Global Congress on IP and the Public Interest, hosted by the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the Open A.I.R. Project, closed on Friday 13 December 2013 with a Declaration on Fundamental Public Interest Principles for International Intellectual Property Negotiations and with a handover to the organisers of the 4th Global Congress planned for February 2015 in Kuala Lumpur.

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The Open A.I.R. Project

The Open African Innovation Research and Training (Open A.I.R.) Project is investing in pan-African research, networking, capacity-building and policy engagement.

The project’s central aim is to investigate how intellectual property (IP) regimes can be harnessed in Africa to facilitate innovation through collaboration – and to make processes more participatory, knowledge more accessible, and benefits more widely shared. Interconnected, empirical case studies are exploring a range of research questions in countries across the continent.

Publications

The Open A.I.R. Project launched two publications, focussed on the intersection of knowledge, innovation and intellectual property in Africa, at the Global Congress & Open A.I.R. Conference, 9-13 December 2013, in Cape Town. One book covers current realities and the second explores emerging possibilities. 

Network Hubs
North Africa: Access to Knowledge for Development Center (A2K4D), The American University in Cairo
West Africa: Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS), Lagos
East Africa: Centre for IP and IT Law (CIPIT), Strathmore University, Nairobi
Southern Africa: Intellectual Property Unit, University of Cape Town
Canada: Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa