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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.

Open A.I.R.'s North African Hub, the Access to Knowledge for Development Center (A2K4D) at The American University in Cairo (AUC), has joined the global interdisciplinary Network of Internet and Society Centers  (NoC). 


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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