Access to Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI)
Description/achievement of initiative

The Access to Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI) program, administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), provides patent offices and academic and research institutions in developing countries with free or low-cost access to over 20,000 journals, books and reference works across numerous scientific and technical disciplines.By improving access to scholarly literature from diverse fields of science and technology, ARDI seeks to:-reinforce the capacity of developing countries to participate in the global knowledge economy; and-support researchers in developing countries in creating and developing new solutions to technical challenges faced on a local and global level.

Implementation methodologies

ARDI is made possible by a public-private partnership between the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers (STM), and scientific and technical publishing companies from around the world.ARDI is a member of the Research4Life (R4L) partnership, which also includes the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

WIPO coordinates with R4L to carry out activities to promote the effective use of the resources available through ARDI as well as information literacy more generally.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

WIPO International Bureau.


Progress reports
Goal 17
Enhanced access to, and use of, IP information by IP institutions and general public to promote innovation and creativity
Staff / Technical expertise
WIPO Secretariat Staff

Basic information
Time-frame: 0000-00-00 - -
Contact information
Mr. Andrew Czajkowski, Head, Innovation and Technology Support Section, WIPO, andrew.czajkowski@wipo.int
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