Capacity Building Project

The capacity building project for CIFAL Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) and CIFAL Durban (South Africa) was launched in March 2007 with the main goal to help African local governments to improve local governance and thereby effectively play their role in the achievement of the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) and the process of poverty reduction.

Funded by the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF - over a four-year period, this programme resulted in the training of about 250 local actors (mayors, municipal staff) on key issues of local governance and to strengthen the human and institutional capacities of the two centres through an improvement of the work environment and staffing.

The first meeting allowed delegates to: (i) assess early achievements and progress in the implementation of the project; (ii) agree on the strategy for the 2009 work plan; and (iii) clarify the role of UNITAR and each CIFAL in the implementation of the project.

In order to increase the number of beneficiaries and the impact of the project, the training strategy will include training of trainers. These trainers will assist the two centers in delivering training at regional and national level and in specific areas of local governance.

In addition to this project with the two CIFAL Centres, the representatives of UNITAR and ACBF investigated other areas and modalities of cooperation and agreed to conclude a Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions.