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From 9 to 13 December 2013, the University of Cape Town will host the combined 3rd Global Congress on IP and the Public Interest and Open A.I.R. Conference on Innovation and IP in Africa. The event is now fully subscribed. Only invited applications will be considered. For more details, go to the Cape Town 2013 page.

The Knowledge for Development workshop was convened in Cairo on 16-17 June 2013 by Open A.I.R.'s North Africa Hub: the Access to Knowledge for Development Center (A2K4D) at The American University in Cairo (AUC).

re:publica 2013 was a good place to talk about the Open A.I.R. Project network and the upcoming events scheduled for Cape Town, South Africa, from 9 to 13 December 2013: the Open A.I.R Conference on Innovation and Intellectual Property in Africa and the interwoven 3rd Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest.


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.


The Open A.I.R. Project has two publications, both focussed on the intersection of knowledge, innovation and intellectual property in Africa. One book covers current realities, while 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