The CIFAL Approach

The central purpose of CIFAL’s training programmes is to develop and strengthen human capacities to better respond to development challenges and to facilitate City to City (C2C) partnerships. CIFALs trainings provide a platform for dialogue and knowledge transfer on key development related issues. Through knowledge management methodologies, CIFALs provide networking opportunities that lead to collaboration, facilitation of peer to peer learning and exchange of best practices. Since its inception in 2003, the Network has reached more than 30,000 beneficiaries through over 400 learning events.


"If my neighbour can do it, then so can I! – this is the leading motto of the CIFAL Network. In that sense, CIFAL Ouagadougou does not only provide local authorities in the West and Central African region with a relevant platform for interaction and exchange of experiences; CIFAL training sessions are also unique opportunities to develop concrete city-to-city cooperation with mayors from the South."

Mr. Simon Compaoré, Former Mayor of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso


Target Audience

Primary beneficiaries are government officials from developing countries that are committed to taking a strategic approach to development. Beneficiaries include:

  • Public officials from national, sub-national and local governments
  • Academics
  • Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • Community-based organizations(CBOs)
  • Private sector representatives
  • International organizations