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 - CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
The IOI-SA will be running the 2017 training programme in Ocean Governance for Africa in collaboration with the South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI), the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), and other partners, from the 4th to the 29th of September 2017. The course will be based in Cape Town (hosted at SANBI, Kirstenbosch).
The four week course focuses on an array of pressing ocean governance issues. The interdisciplinary approach is designed to include lectures and field trips that demonstrate practical examples of governance tools, mechanisms and engagements with real-world applications in Africa. Further information about the course can be found in the brochure and on the IOI-SA website.
The Course Brochure for IOI-South Africa's 2017 training programme can be downloaded from the Training section of the website: http://ioisa.org/2016/12/02/2017-course-in-ocean-governance/ or by clicking on the download below. Any queries and expressions of interest may be addressed to: Mr. Adnan Awad, Director, IOI South Africa on e-mail: awad.adnan(at)gmail.com.
The deadline for applications was 13 April 2017.