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UCT University of Cape Town is a major research centre in the field of open content, intellectual propriety and education. The Intellectual Property Law and Policy Research Unit is an active contributor of two wide and extremely influential pan-African research: African Copyright and Access to Knowledge (ACA2K) and Open African Innovation Research and Training (Open A.I.R.)

The African Copyright and Access to Knowledge (ACA2K) is a project probing the relationship between national copyright environments and access to learning materials in African countries. The project looked at this relationship within an access to knowledge (A2K) framework, and it was developed with the support of Canada's IDRC and South Africa's Shuttleworth Foundation, and managed by the LINK Centre at the Wits University Graduate School of Public & Development Management (P&DM) in Johannesburg, with research nodes in eight African countries: Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Senegal, South Africa, and Uganda.

The Open African Innovation Research and Training (Open A.I.R.) is a project which investigates how intellectual property (IP) regimes can be harnessed in Africa to facilitate innovation through collaboration – and through making processes more participatory, knowledge more accessible, and benefits more widely shared. It is a pan-African research with case studies and at the same time it is a project which conducts foresighting research to develop scenarios for the future of IP, collaboration, innovation, and development in Africa.

UCT specifically contributes to the project Wikipedia Primary School SSAJRP programme by focusing on its network and by involving scientific journals and institutions working in education. The specific expertise of the UCT team is essential for the project think tank and its development.

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