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Deployment of the local authorities Action-Training module for setting up SLM projects
Groupe des particpants à la formation des formateurs Form'action

Deployment of the local authorities Action-Training module for setting up SLM projects

In February 2024, CARI facilitated a course for future users of the Action-Training (Form’action) module on setting up sustainable land management (SLM ) projects in Mauritania.

CARI responded to a request from Secours Catholique and CARITAS Mauritanie, who wish to be supported in carrying out a Form’action for the commune of Boghé to set up a SLM project, as part of the Support Project for Food Security and Resilience to Climate Change (PASARC – EU, AFD).

CARI as backup

CARI’s support consists of training trainers in the use of the module, followed by increased support for Boghé’s form’action (remote and in the field).

The training of trainers took place from February 5 to 8, 2024 in Nouakchott on the premises of CARITAS Mauritania.

20 people benefited from this training, including staff from several CARITAS Mauritania and CARITAS Kaolack projects, a representative from the Secours Catholique head office, a project officer and a volunteer from Tenmiya.

The four days of training were divided into sessions enabling participants to :

  • Understand the specifics and principles of adult training
  • Get to grips with the form’action module (principles and approach, tools, implementation methods)
  • Consider the prospects for using the form’action module within the framework of PASARC and more widely in Mauritania.

Each day’s sessions were punctuated by plenary presentations and discussions, as well as group work.

Participants were able to exchange views via videoconference with Ms. Fama Touré from the Louga Development Agency, who has implemented the form’action module to train a Senegalese municipality.

The highlight of the week’s training was the role-playing exercises prepared by the participants to dramatize sequences of a municipality’s form’action. This provided an opportunity to address the challenges of political and social dialogue in Mauritanian local governments.

What is the Form action module?

The action module is an educational tool designed to enhance the skills of elected representatives and technical departments of a local government (municipality) in setting up SLM projects for its own territory.

The form’action also helps the commune to set up a sustainable land management micro-project based on a project idea deriving from its development plan.

For this purpose, the module allows one to build a training program following a path through the 5 stages of project set-up:

  • Stage 1: Analyzing the territory and the project’s idea
  • Stage 2: Development of the implementation strategy 
  • Stage 3: Integration of communication into the operational project
  • Stage 4: Setting-up a budget and financing plan
  • Stage 5: Finalizing the project’s document and a roadmap toward implementation

At each of these stages, alternating classroom and field sessions encourage a participative and inclusive dynamic with local stakeholders. Form’action trainers act as facilitators for the community, revealing and mobilizing participants’ knowledge.

The form action module is a tool designed to be adaptable to the contexts and realities of different countries, and different communities.

This tool was developed through a collective process led by CARI in collaboration with the ReSaD, RADDO and Drynet networks.

This tool was developed and deployed from 2015 to 2018, as part of the FLEUVE (Global Mechanism and European Union), Closing the Gaps in the GGW (IUCN, GEF and UNEP) and ReSaD II (AFD) projects contributing to the implementation of the Great Green Wall in Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Chad.

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