Safeguarding intellectual property rights for creatives remains an area of interest for Hivos. For this, we have developed a toolkit that spells out how creatives can better safeguard their intellectual property rights. It covers Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania, listing sections of laws that are essential for creatives to know, as well as key contacts they can reach out to for strategic litigation.
This toolkit is a result of several interventions that have been carried out between 2017 and 2022 by Resource Of Open Minds (R.O.O.M) project at Hivos. First, as part of project implementation, several surveys were carried out over the years that showed arts and culture practitioners needed capacity building on intellectual property (IP) rights. Second, the content of this Toolkit has been framed around a workshop on IP that was carried out in 2021 for the cohort of R.O.O.M grantees across Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania.