10 July 2014, Abidjan, Ivory Coast – In the current context of global crisis, local authorities have an important role to play in the search for common responses to deal with major challenges of sustainable development. For this reason, African states have established the training of local representatives and stakeholders as a key concern.

In this context, UNITAR’s training centre CIFAL Ouagadougou organized a seminar on "The implementation of a common and effective strategy to strengthen the capacity of local communities in order to maximize the impact of training sessions in the field" which took place on June 12-13 in Abidjan.  The seminar was held in partnership with the Union of Towns and Municipalities of Ivory Coast (UVICOCI), the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), the municipalities of Lyon and Ouagadougou, the Partnership for Municipal Development (PDM), the International Association of Francophone Mayors (AIMF in French), the higher education and research institute "2IE", Veolia and the initiative of the Pan African Intergovernmental Agency “Water and Sanitation for Africa” (EAA).

During the two-day seminar, participants discussed issues such as the implementation of action plans in the field and the mechanisms for monitoring and evaluating. They also shared recommendations on how to develop an effective monitoring framework so that learning outcomes can enable local communities to provide long term quality services to the population.

The seminar was highly interactive, including sessions where the participants were organized into working groups to develop an effective strategy to carry out the assessment of all the aspects of a training session (pre-session, session, organization, logistics and network), which was followed by a presentation and an open discussion with all the participants.

The seminar highlighted the importance of having trained and informed representatives in order to promote local development.