Training Programme in Ocean Governance for Africa

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The 4-week Ocean Governance Training Programme will take place from 4 - 29 September 2023, in Cape Town, South Africa. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to join the 2023 cohort.


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To apply please complete this online form by 15th June.

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IOI Africa Course Class of 2015
IOI Africa Course Class of 2015

The International Ocean Institute – Southern Africa (IOI SA) is based in Cape Town, South Africa, functioning as the African regional training centre within the IOI global network. The IOI SA developed the 4-week training course in Ocean Governance for Africa in order to better address the management and governance capacity needs of the region. The course structure and content was broadly modeled on the courses run through IOI Canada and IOI Malta, with customization specific to the African continent. It was launched in 2013 in Cape Town with the support of the IOI through the Ocean Science & Research Foundation (OSRF) and the partners of the IOI SA. The programme is designed to suit a broad range of participants from government, NGO and private sector with varying backgrounds and levels of experience.


Training Programme information:

  • Offered by IOI in Cape Town, South Africa
  • Four week residential programme offered in 2013, with the next planned for 2015; August/September
  • Coverage of regional ocean governance issues with specific emphasis on the African Seas
  • The course has a regional approach to global ocean governance issues and aims to give its participants a holistic understanding of global marine governance issues by emphasizing the benefits of harmonizing ocean policies and promoting a shared, integrated and common approach to ocean management. The goal is to meet the ongoing need within the African region for awareness and training in the various disciplines associated with ocean governance and that will contribute to building a sustainable core of experts on the continent. While the course will highlight the importance of the global governance framework, it will have a regional focus emphasizing the benefits of harmonizing ocean policies and will promote a shared, integrated and common approach to ocean management.
  • The Training Programme in Ocean Governance for Africa aims to educate mid-career professionals, educators, researchers and civil society members that have coastal and marine related responsibilities, functions or interests.

The course is organised into five modules given through lessons/lectures and simulation exercises as well as field trips and project sessions:


     o Module 1: Oceans and Coasts – Opportunities and Threats

     o Module 2: The Governance Framework

     o Module 3: Governance Tools

     o Module 4: Governance in Action

     o Module 5: Creating a Supportive Environment for Effective Governance


Field Trips and Assignments and a Round-Table on the final day of the course.


Target Audience: The course is intended for mid-career professionals, educators, researchers and civil society members that have coastal and marine related responsibilities, functions or interests, preferably from countries within the African region.


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2022 Training Programme

After the first two weeks of online training, it was finally possible to welcome the participants, to in-person training in Cape Town. Lectures were delivered by distinguished speakers from all over the region, with some presenting online. Field visits were also possible for the first time since the pandemic. Read more....

2020/2021 Training Programme

Group screenshot including from top left  Leticia Greyling (IOI SA), Shannon Hampton (IOI SA), Akanbi Williams (IOI Nigeria), Jean-Eric Fonkou (Cameroon), Makwa Mnwana (South Africa), Stephanie Waniko (Nigeria), Lynn Jackson (IOI SA), Josheena Naggea (Mauritius), Yusuf Adams (South Africa), Lalaina Rakotonaivo (Madagascar), Siphiwo Ngeni (South Africa), Isha Timbo (Sierra Leone), Derrick Omollo (Kenya), Alison Amoussou (Ivory Coast), Peace Gbeckor-Kove (Ghana), Obakeng Molelu (South Africa), Japhet Manyama (Tanzania), Tima Dago (Kenya). 




The IOI Course in Ocean Governance delivered annually by IOI South Africa, scheduled for September 2020, had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was therefore held online between the 22nd February and the 19th March 2021, in partnership with the South African International Maritime Institute and the South African National Biodiversity Institute. Despite being the first time the training was run entirely online, 21 participants from 12 different countries were accepted and were able to participate fully.


Although the face-to-face event was missed, the online training allowed for participants to engage with a much wider group - 48 experts from 39 organisations and 12 countries. It was also an excellent opportunity to work with other IOI centres (including Egypt, Kenya, Malta and Nigeria). The course combined expert lectures with discussions, videos, group exercises, peer-to-peer learning and individual assignments to provide a holistic introduction to ocean governance. More information and the full schedule is available on the IOI SA website.


A full report of the course can be found in the 02/21 edition of the IOInforma which is available for download from the Documents & Publications - IOInforma News Bulletin section (0221 issue).