External Review of the National Botanical Institute, South Africa

CASE STUDY: Policy, Plans and Operations

In 2000, I was invited to join a small group of international experts to conduct an external review of the National Botanical Institute which is now a part of the South African National Biodiversity Institute. The External Review Group was led by Professor Peter Crane the then Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

The External Review Group had been invited by the Board of the then NBI to visit South Africa, and on the basis of documentation, oral presentations, interviews and site visits, evaluate and report on the:

  • implementation of the NBI’s Corporate Strategic Plan 1996 – 2000, in terms of goals, objectives, and key performance measures
  • NBI’s response to changing socio-economic environments and to challenges and opportunities created by such changes
  • relevance of the NBI’s programmes and activities in the new South Africa
  • process of transformation in the NBI

The External Review Group conducted the review from 28th September to 3rd October 2000. During this time the group visited and examined programs at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, the Karoo Desert National Botanical Garden, the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden, the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, the Pretoria National Botanical Garden and the National Herbarium.

The report was presented to the Chairman, members of the Board and Chief Executive of the National Botanical Institute.