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Open A.I.R. is presenting today (30 October 2014) -- at the 12th Globelics International Conference in Addis Ababa -- on the network's efforts to build and harness "social capital" as a means to influence intellectual property (IP) policymaking in Africa.

Convened by Addis Ababa University and the Globelics Secretariat at Aalborg University, Denmark, the conference is focusing on research into innovation and development in the globalised context -- via a mix of  research paper presentations, panel discussions and plenary speeches.

Open A.I.R. is represented at the conference by Prof. Jeremy de Beer, Prof. Chidi Oguamanam, Dr. Tobias Schonwetter and Nan Warner.

Hon. Lady Justice Lillian Tibatemwa of the Uganda Court of Appeal gave the keynote address yesterday (28 October 2014) at Open A.I.R.'s East Africa launch of research publications in Kampala. The event, at Protea Hotel Kampala, was coordinated by Open A.I.R. Uganda partner the Centre for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD).

The two main publications launched were: Innovation and Intellectual Property: Collaborative Dynamics in Africa (UCT Press, Cape Town); and Knowledge and Innovation in Africa: Scenarios for the Future (Open A.I.R., Cape Town). The first volume outlines findings from 13 case studies of innovation settings around the continent. The second book offers three scenarios for how knowledge will be governed by African innovators in the year 2035. The scenarios –- entitled  (1) “Wireless Engagement,” (2) “Informal – the New Normal” and (3) “Sincerely Africa” –- are the result of three years of workshops, expert interviews, and literature reviews conducted by members of the Open A.I.R. network.

Speaking about the scenarios in her address, Lady Justice Tibatemwa said: "It can be expected that elements of all three of these knowledge and innovation scenarios will be present in Africa in 2035, depending on the particular conditions in any given region, country, city or community. [...] I therefore strongly urge the participants, government policy makers, the business community, researchers, and all other interested parties, to carefully study and engage with the three scenarios in order see how they can inform policymaking going forward."

Both books are available for free download on the Open A.I.R. Publications page.

Below are two photographs from the event: a group shot and, at top, a photo of Hon. Lady Justice Tibatemwa (right) sharing a laugh with Open A.I.R. Steering Committee members (left to right) Prof. Jeremy de Beer, Prof. Chidi Oguamanam and Dr. Dick Kawooya.

Today (28 October 2014) in Kampala, Open A.I.R. and its Ugandan partner, the Centre for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD), are staging the East Africa launch of two Open A.I.R. research publications.
 
The books being launched, in an event at Protea Hotel Kampala, are: Innovation and Intellectual Property: Collaborative Dynamics in Africa (UCT Press, Cape Town); and Knowledge and Innovation in Africa: Scenarios for the Future (Open A.I.R., Cape Town). The first volume outlines findings from 13 case studies of innovation settings around the continent. The second book offers three scenarios for how knowledge will be governed by African innovators in the year 2035.
 
Both books are available for free download on the Open A.I.R. Publications page.

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