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:
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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2020 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.