The International Training Centres for Local Authorities and Local Actors (CIFAL) are hubs for capacity building and knowledge sharing between local and regional authorities, international organisations, the private sector and civil society to enhance local public services. The hands-on training sessions focus on knowledge exchange among the participants, encouraging long-term city-to-city cooperation.
What makes CIFAL centres particularly useful in working with local authorities?
- Multi-stakeholder partnership including the host cities, international development organizations (UNITAR, UN-HABITAT, UNDP, UNEP, UNAIDS, WorldBank Group, GTZ), regional associations of local authorities and United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), academia, national governments and the private sector (both multinationals such as Veolia Environnement, TOTAL and local companies such as urban service providers)
- Specific focus on urban issues relevant to local officials presented by international experts and urban practitioners.
Activities are based on needs assessment regularly conducted to better respond to the needs of the beneficiaries.