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Open A.I.R. has just published a Briefing Note based on its research into collaborations between formal and informal sectors in the Ugandan capital city Kampala. There is also a companion video on the same topic, featuring commentary by Open A.I.R. researchers Dr. Dick Kawooya and Prof. Jeremy de Beer.

Today at the 2014 WTO Public Forum in Geneva, Open A.I.R., WTI, UNCTAD, IDEAS Centre and ICTSD are jointly organising a panel discussion looking at the roles of innovation, IP and informal sectors in Africa’s development process.


In the archives:
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