Training Programme in Ocean Governance for Africa


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:

 

Module 1: Oceans and Coasts – Opportunities and Threats

Module 2: The Governance Framework

Module 3: Governance Tools

Module 4: Governance in Action

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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IOI Africa Course - Class of 2018
IOI Africa Course - Class of 2018

2018 Training Programme

 

The fifth running of the annual IOI Course in Ocean Governance for Africa was held from the 3rd to the 28th of September. The course was hosted at the premises of the IOI-SA partner and host institute, SANBI, at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Cape Town. This year’s twenty delegates came from a diverse range of professional backgrounds, and represented ten African countries, including Cameroon, DRC, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa and Tanzania. This year’s course was characterised by lively debate, focused discussion and an abundance of laughter. The participants enthusiastically engaged with the course material throughout four intensive weeks of lectures from over 40 regional and local experts, representing over 30 institutions. 

 

This year we welcomed Mihai Burca, an IOI alumnus, who was able to take time out of his Cape Town holiday to come speak to the participants. In the final week of the course we were also pleased to have Prof Chua Thia-Eng, from PEMSEA and a member of the IOI Governing Board as a part of the course. The participants gained a great deal from interacting with him. We decided it was such a privilege to have him in the country that we opened up the course to the wider marine community for a lunch time seminar on Operational Methodology for Integrated Coastal Management: The ICM System.  

 

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2019 Training Programme

 

The sixth IOI Course in Ocean Governance for Africa is scheduled to be held from the 2nd to the 27th September (subject to confirmation).

 

Further details will be provided later.