[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Founded as an independent ecumenical institute (not linked to a specific church) the EFSA Institute exists as a unique network of participating institutions that include:
the South African Council of Churches Western Cape (SACCWC);
the University of Cape Town (UCT), especially the Department of Religious Studies;
the University of Stellenbosch (US), specifically the Faculty of Theology; and
the University of the Western Cape (UWC), specifically the Department of Religion and Theology.
These institutions are represented on the board (general oversight) and executive (management) of the EFSA Institute. With a view to the composition of the board, it is evident that the institute attempts to utilise the academic expertise and infrastructure available in the Western Cape, as well as the link to churches and religious communities through the South African Council of Churches Western Cape (SACCWC).
Although the infrastructure and basic support are located in the Western Cape, the EFSA Institute has always focused on issues that are of national importance.
Over the past years this has resulted in new regional and national networks, the formulation of key focus areas, as well as regional and national programmes that are now an integral part of our work.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]