Featured Items

The African Journal of Information and Communication (AJIC), an accredited, peer-reviewed journal published by the LINK Centre at Wits University in Johannesburg, is calling for submissions (due 30 April 2015) to a Thematic Issue. Go to Call for Submissions.
Open A.I.R. has released a Briefing Note and video looking at the network's research into potential use of geographical indications (Gis) to brand locally specific products -- such as certain Nigerian textile designs and particular varieties of Ethiopian coffee.
An Open A.I.R. Briefing Note entitled "Optimising Benefits from Publicly Funded Research" highlights the need for African policymakers to ensure that intellectual property (IP) policies do not undermine researchers' participation in international "open science" collaborations.


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Cape Town 2013

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.


Open A.I.R. publications focus on the network's findings from its research into intersections among innovation, knowledge governance and intellectual property across diverse African settings. Go to Publications page.

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