African Space Policy & Strategy

Duration
5 Weeks
Start Date
04 July 2024
About the Course

In 2012, the African Union (AU) established the African Union Space Working Group (AUSWG) to among other things, develop the African Space Policy and Strategy, as part of efforts towards the formalisation of the African Outer Space Programme. These documents were completed and adopted by African Heads of States and Governments in January 2016.

The documents provide a framework for Africa’s space priorities, programmes and partnerships. The African Space Agency (AfSA), with headquarters in Egypt, was then established in 2018, to implement the African outer space programme. In 2024, the African Space Council (ASC) was constituted.

This course is a thorough examination of the African Outer Space Programme within the context of the global space enterprise. The course contains lectures and discussions on the conceptualisation, drafting process and adoption of the African Space Policy and Strategy; implementation of the continentala space programme; and the African space ecosystem. These are examined within the context of the present and emerging international space governance system.

Through this course, participants will gain knowledge and insights into economics, public policy, law and governance, especially as pertains to the space sector.

The Course is taught by expert facilitators including former members of the AUSWG and staff of the African Union Commission (AUC).

The course modules and content are designed to accommodate participants from different academic and professional backgrounds. Live sessions take place virtually for the convenience of the participants. Also, there are non-live interactive sessions.

Structure

Module 1: A Primer on Outer Space
Module 2: The Outer Space Treaties and Principles
Module 3: The African Outer Space Programme

Schedule

Jul 4: Introductory Session
Jul 5: The Outer Space Environment
Jul 11: Satellites and Orbits
Jul 12: Outer Space Treaties and Principles
Jul 18: The Past and Present of African Integration
Jul 19: Agenda Setting and Decision Making in the AU
Jul 25: The African Outer Space Programme
Jul 26: Drafting of the African Space Policy and Strategy
Aug 1: The African space innovation ecosystem
Aug 2: Business modelling

Expected learning outcomes

  • Appreciate Africa’s history and heritage

  • Understand the African Union, its structure and operations
  • Understand the nexus between space policy development and socioeconomic development

  • Learn principles and application of space policy, strategy, law and governance

  • Develop knowledge and skills for leadership

Benefits of participation

  • Gain knowledge in space policymaking, law and governance

  • Earn a certificate in African Space Policy and Strategy

  • Become part of the ASLI Network

Facilitators

  • Dr. Adigun Ade Abiodun (Founder, African Space Foundation; and former member of AUSWG)
  • Prof. Paul Baki (Technical University, Kenya; and former member of AUSWG)

  • Dr. Anastasia Gbem (Legal Adviser, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency)

  • Prof. Keith Gottschalk (University of Western Cape, South Africa)
  • Dr. Valanathan Munsami (Cofounder, ASLI; and former Chair of AUSWG)
  • Mr. Etim Offiong (Cofounder, ASLI; and former member of AUSWG)
  • Ms. Lami Omale (Office of the Legal Counsel, African Union Commission)
  • Mr. Imraan Saloojee (Research Institute for Innovation and Sustainability; and former member of AUSWG)
  • Dr. Taiwo Tejumola (International Space University, Strasbourg, France)

Time
3-5pm Pretoria time

Venue
Virtual platforms

Registration

ZAR 3,100