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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2016 Training Programme
The 2016 marked the third delivery of the Course in Ocean Governance for Africa, which was run in partnership with the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI), from the 12th September to the 7th October 2016. The interest from around the continent and the world, in the form of applicants, has escalated each year the since its inception. This year 74 applications from 22 countries were received. It was a challenge to select the participants, and although 20 participants were selected and approved for funding support, only 15 were able to attend. Those 15 delegates represented nine countries including, for the first time, two self-funded participants from outside of Africa.
IOI-SA are continually updating and restructuring the course and pursuing innovative pedagogic approaches where relevant. We introduced a new discussion forum at the end of each week, which is intended to morph into an online version to allow for integration with course alumni and the public.
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2017 Training Programme
This was the fourth year of the Course in Ocean Governance. The course was run in partnership with the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI), from the 4th to the 29th of September 2017. This year 63 applications from 19 countries were received. It was a challenge to select the participants, and although 22 participants were selected and approved for funding support, only 19 were able to attend. Those 19 delegates represented seven countries including South Africa, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Nigeria, Namibia, Kenya and Madagascar.
The participants came from a diverse range of disciplines and backgrounds. Lectures were delivered by over 40 regional and local experts from over 25 institutions and each week included at least one field trip to a local point of interest. The schedule also provided time for group discussion sessions and feedback on topics that had been covered during the week. This year’s participants were particularly engaging and enthusiastic discussions were a key feature of the four weeks.
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A short description of the course is given in the 06/17 edition of the IOInforma which is available for download below or from the Publications - IOInforma News Bulletin section (0617 issue).