UNCTAD-ICTSD Regional Research Agenda

The Regional Research Agenda makes an important contribution to the UNCTAD-ICTSD Project's objective of creating a critical mass of intellectual property (IP) stakeholders in developing countries to make effective use of IP policy for the promotion of their particular development objectives. For this purpose, the Project has established close collaboration with developing country universities and policy-oriented research centres (think tanks) to strengthen these institutions' capacities in IP-related research and policy formulation. As these core partners reinforce their role as centres of expertise on intellectual property rights (IPRs), they will assume a two-fold function:
a) to enhance communication, interaction and national and regional stakeholder participation in the IP policy making process
b) to pool regional expertise to provide backstopping capacity in the policy formulation process at the national, regional and international level.
The Project currently collaborates with the following core partners:
Strengthening analytical capacity at the national and regional level implies that the identified centres of excellence develop their research skills on IP-related issues. To do so, the core partners, in close collaboration with the Project, have established a regional research agenda to work on those IP-related issues that at preceding regional and national dialogues have been identified as being of key relevance to the respective region (such as, e.g., the IP-competition interface; access to knowledge and copyright; technology transfer; geographical indications; and the protection of traditional knowledge and genetic resources). To-date, there have been five of these regional dialogues, each time followed by a national dialogue, in the following regions:
The agreed research topics are addressed by regional experts in a number of research papers (3-4 per region). These papers (link to papers), while sponsored by the Project, are personal contributions of the respective authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of UNCTAD or ICTSD. These papers, although region- and country-specific, apply in their findings to other regions and are closely linked to ongoing negotiations at the international level. Their wide use by regional stakeholders is therefore encouraged.

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