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.
CIPIT joined the project in 2013 as the East African Hub. An additional three hubs are located in South Africa, Nigeria, and Egypt.
Open A.I.R. research is ongoing in Kenya and is primarily conducted by Dr. Marisella Ouma of the Kenya Copyright Board, Prof. Ben Sihanya of the University of Nairobi, and Mr. Sisule Musungu of IQsensato, Nairobi.
Open A.I.R. has a website here.
Major Upcoming Event: Registration is now open for Cape Town 2013, the 3rd Global Congress on IP & the Public Interest and the Open A.I.R. Conference on Innovation & IP in Africa.
For more information on OpenAIR, please contact us via the Contacts page.