New SDG Trainers for West Africa!

UCLG Learning organized together with UCLG Africa and its Learning Academy ALGA a training of trainers workshop to foster the SDG localization in the West African Region. The workshop took place in Accra and gathered nearly 50 participants from Ghana, Togo, Uganda, Nigeria, Cameron and Sierra Leone. Genevieve Hartley from the eThekwini Municipality and Raphael Sedlitzky from UCLG Learning facilitated the 3 days event as trainers. The participants that included locale leaders, senior experts and representatives of the local government associations made the gathering an enriching learning experience!

The first day was committed to the SDG localization and the exchange of experiences from the participants. Discussions and exercises brought together the participants from different countries and enabled an mutual learning exercise on the achievements and challenges regarding SDG localization. The UCLG Learning Module 1 functioned as the pedagogical basis for the first day. Moreover, inputs from Uganda, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Togo completed a full day of learning on the SDGs.

The second day was fully dedicated to an intensive field visit where the participants could get an impression of concrete projects that form  part of the SDG localization process in the greater Accra area. The mayor of the city of Tema, Felix Mensah Nii Anang-La welcomed the group in the town hall. Later he accompanied the group during a technical visit to the port which is one of the biggest in the whole region. The field visit was an excellent opportunity to see how local impulses are central for SDG localization.

On the last day, the workshop focussed on development and territorial planning as catalysers for SDG localization. Based on the UCLG Learning Module 2, the participants worked interactively on the challenges that development planning presents to their municipalities.

The closing was again steered by Mayor Felix Mensah Nii Anang who handed over the certificates and thanked all participants and facilitators for their contributions. With this workshop, the West African Region just gained 50 new trainers who will continue to share their knowledge in SDG localization and contribute thereby to a sustainable future of the region!