Traditional knowledge has always been a source of livelihood for people, and is increasingly becoming a source of innovation for many entrepreneurs.
The informal economy, the health care sector, the fashion industry, the and entertainment industries, and the hospitality industry are just a few of the sectors that take inspiration from traditional knowledge. It’s the raw material for building niche businesses and creating economic opportunities. These innovations are also increasingly taking into account modern technologies, especially information and communication technologies.
Such technologies are crucial in scaling up traditional knowledge and the economic empowerment of its stakeholders.
Open AIR’s research focuses on how traditional knowledge is used in the interests of indigenous communities, and how it helps establish entrepreneurial businesses.
To find out more about Open AIR’s work on traditional knowledge and IP, go to our case studies page, our annual report, or our two published books: Innovation and Intellectual Property: Collaborative Dynamics in Africa (Cape Town: UCT Press, 2014), and Knowledge and Innovation in Africa: Scenarios for the Future (Cape Town: Open AIR, 2013).