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The Access to Knowledge for Development Center (A2K4D) at The American University in Cairo’s School of Business is a regional center for scholarship, research and policy analysis on access to knowledge, intellectual property and human development in Egypt, the Arab world and Africa. A2K4D’s work is guided by a belief in the positive impact of A2K on inclusive development in the digital age. A2K4D promotes rigorous research on legal and economic issues confronting access to knowledge, a valuable resource to academics and policymakers. The center strives to raise awareness of the A2K paradigm.

In collaboration with international partners, A2K4D launched the Access to Knowledge Global Academy in 2008, promoting research and advocacy on the equitable production and distribution of knowledge goods and tools. A2K4D is the recipient of the Richard Bartlett Gift to support collaboration with Yale Law School's Information Society Project. The center is also a participant in the Global Network of Internet and Society Centerschampioned by Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Additionally, A2K4D serves as the North African Hub of the Open African Innovation Research Partnership (Open AIR).


A2K4D strives to promote access and contribution to knowledge to advance human development in Egypt, the Arab World and Africa.



A2K4D promotes rigorous multidisciplinary empirical research that capitalizes on the role of knowledge in promoting human development, and uses a bottom up evidence-based approach to address national and regional developmental needs.



The Access to Knowledge for Development Center (A2K4D) was launched in 2010 as a culmination of collaborative research activities since 2007 on access to knowledge in Egypt in partnership with global partners. A2K4D fosters rigorous policy-oriented research that conceptualizes and investigates the economic and legal challenges that face access to knowledge, and their implications on human development in Egypt, the Arab world and Africa. The center’s research helps devise well thought-out models that overcome barriers to knowledge access, may they be legal, economic, technical, political, social and/or cultural. In particular, A2K4D research helps develop business models that address the tension between the interests of knowledge users and producers, and offer novel entrepreneurship opportunities as well as knowledge governance solutions. A2K4D research also aims to provide policy makers, negotiators and international representatives with well-researched intellectual property alternatives that advance knowledge production and dissemination in developing countries.