|The SADC sub-region is
deficient in taxonomic capacity. Within the sub-region there are several
outstanding taxonomic institution, such as the museums in Bulawayo, Windhoek,
Pretoria and Cape Town, institutions that have extremely valuable collections
that urgently need rehabilitation, such as the museum in Maputo, and countries
with virtually no taxonomic infrastructure, such as Swaziland. This disparity
in taxonomic capacity is unavoidable because countries differ in their
resources and priorities with regard to the development and sustenance
of taxonomic capacity, and SAFRINET will only develop capacity that can
be sustained by national funds. Thus the requirements of each country for
capacity building differ, and the pace of development will also differ.
Sufficient knowledge exists in SADC to recognize areas where capacity is
needed, develop outline capacity building programmes and set priorities.
Outside assistance is needed for project development and implementation.
In most cases the required capacity is the further development of the embryonic
capacity that already exists. This clearly indicates priority and national
commitment to sustain the capacity, because these are areas in which governments
have already invested from their limited resources.
This project is to enable SADC technicians and scientists concerned with biological organisms to operate more efficiently and effectively in existing organisations to enable SADC countries to inter alia improve agricultural production and fulfil their obligations to the Convention on Biological Diversity using national resources. SAFRINET, in this respect, is particularly concerned with the elimination of poverty.
Capacity development is a three dimensional process:
|Updated: 1 December 2000.|