West Africa - Training of trainers: mainstreaming climate change into development planning


The Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS) is an intergovernmental organization consisting of 9 Sahel countries. Its mission is to invest in the fight against the effects of drought and desertification for better ecological stability in the region.

As part of its missions, the CLISS has to strengthen the capacity of national and regional actors in order to mainstream Climate Change adaptation into development planning and national policy. It therefore actively supports Sahel countries in their efforts in fighting Climate Change effects and harmonizes the different regional initiatives in matter of Climate Change adaptation.


In order to pursue its capacity-building objective, the CILSS asked the CSF for an assistance divided into three phases:

  • Phase 1: Train a core group of experts from the CILSS who will become trainers in Climate Change mainstreaming. 
  • Phase 2: In collaboration with the newly trained experts, conduct a series of inter-ministerial workshops in three pilot countries: Benin, Burkina Faso and Niger.
  • Phase 3: Accompany and support the CILSS in organizing similar workshops in other West African countries.


  • Phase 1: The CSF training and institutional expert evaluated the CLISS needs and reviewed the existing training material and documents. She then organized a one-week mission on site in order to train a core group of experts able to reproduce such workshops in the other member states.
  • Phase 2: The CSF expert adapted her training material in order to meet individual needs and country specificities and went, together with the newly trained trainers, to Benin, Burkina Faso and Niger. They conducted training workshops for supervisory staff of the concerned ministries.
  • Phase 3: The CSF expert remained available by providing a home-based remote coaching in case the new trainers needed specific assistance in the organisation of the workshops. 7 other workshops were implemented by CILSS staf in the region.