Access to Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI)
Status of initiative: On track
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.


Enhanced access to, and use of, IP information by IP institutions and general public to promote innovation and creativity
Resources devoted to implementation
Staff / Technical expertise
WIPO Secretariat Staff
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 1 July
This initiative fulfils the SMART criteria.
Date of completion: -
Operating in countries
Contact information/focal point(s)
Mr. Andrew Czajkowski, andrew.czajkowski@wipo.int

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