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Open A.I.R. network members Dr. Dick Kawooya and Prof. Jeremy de Beer spent the week of 19-23 May 2014 at the Geneva Headquarters of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), presenting their research findings on knowledge, innovation and intellectual property (IP) in Africa.

Open A.I.R. presented its research findings — on knowledge, innovation and intellectual property (IP) in Africa — to delegates attending the 13th Session (19 to 23 May 2014) of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP/13) in Geneva.

Open A.I.R. Project Steering Committee member Prof. Chidi Oguamanam of the University of Ottawa makes a call, in an item written for University World News, for the African continent to benefit from  "more independent and less suspect capacity building on IP that breaks from the prevailing status quo." Read the article.


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