The Member States own the Network, participate in resource mobilisation and play a prominent role in facilitating the establishment of an enabling environment for Biosciences development in their countries and throughout Southern Africa;
The NEPAD Agency provides the 'brand' under which SANBio operates and is involved in overall coordination, strategic direction, support resource mobilisation, results monitoring and facilitates reporting of SANBio progress at relevant continental ministerial forums;
The SADC Secretariat brings a regional perspective to SANBio, identifies and coordinates key collaborative activities, supports resource mobilisation and facilitates reporting of SANBio progress at relevant regional ministerial forums;
The SANBio Steering Committee is responsible for ensuring that Member States are well represented and appropriately direct Network development, as well as facilitate SANBio operations and resource mobilisation efforts. The Steering Committee consists of one representative from each of the Member States, appointed by the appropriate Science Ministry, and one representative each from the NEPAD Agency, the SADC Secretariat and the CSIR. Members are expected to be sufficiently senior in their organisations to make substantive contributions and commitments, and in conjunction with the SANBio Secretariat, provide a mechanism for independent review of Network proposals and progress;
The SANBio Secretariat is headed by a Network Manager and is responsible for the effective and efficient management of the Network, the delivery of its programmes and raising sufficient resources to achieve SANBio's Vision and, in conjunction with the SANBio Steering Committee, provides a mechanism for independent review of Network proposals and progress.
The SANBio Hub (the CSIR) hosts and provides financial management and operational support to the Secretariat. The CSIR employs the Network Secretariat staff on the recommendation of the SANBio Steering Committee; serves as the contracting party with nodes, Secretariat staff and ICPs, and supports resource mobilisation efforts. In consultation with the SANBio Secretariat and NEPAD, the Hub ensures that there are structures and systems that support the transparent and independent review of Network proposals and progress.
The SANBio nodes are critical to Network success by providing access to infrastructure and expertise, reporting to the Secretariat on node activities and participating in regional research, development and innovation activities.