Supporting the next phase of the WIOMSA-MASMA Programme

Since its establishment in 1993, the Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA) has been promoting regional cooperation and development of marine sciences, providing a forum for discussion and dissemination of information and promoting inter-institutional linkages within and outside the WIO region. Sweden has supported WIOMSA since its inception, initially through the Sida/SAREC Marine Science Programmes, and since 2000 through the Marine Science for Management (MASMA) Programme, whose aim has been to advance knowledge that is directly relevant to society and resources management.

NIRAS Indevelop was contracted to evaluate the 2012-2017 phase of the MASMA Programme. Gonçalo Carneiro and Damon Stanwell-Smith conducted the evaluation between September 2016 and January 2017, which included site visits to some of the MASMA-supported research projects on the coast of East Africa and extensive consultation with WIOMSA, MASMA grantees and MASMA project stakeholders. A rather unusual feature of this assignment was the development of scenarios for the future of WIOMSA. The scenarios were constructed by identifying key internal and external drivers affecting WIOMSA, projecting the evolution of those drivers, and then combining those projections into plausible narratives. Each of the four scenarios was assessed against the five OECD-DAC criteria used to evaluate the performance of the MASMA Programme to date.

NIRAS Indevelop is pleased to having contributed to the design of the next phase of the Swedish support to WIOMSA, and wishes Sida and WIOMSA the continuation of a fruitful collaboration.

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