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Open A.I.R. has published a Briefing Note entitled "Managing Benefits from Traditional Knowledge (TK)" based on research into the workings of the bio-cultural community protocol (BCP) and "TK commons" established by the Kukula medicinal healers in Bushbuckridge, South Africa.The Briefing Note has a companion video interview segment on Open A.I.R.'s Afrinnovation YouTube channel.
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.

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.


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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