Background: The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) had engaged CIMA Research Foundation to generate risk profiles on flood and drought in 16 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. One of the main challenges of this programme is ensuring clear and user-friendly knowledge transfer of the context, content, scientific findings and results to the national stakeholders participating at the workshops, which are the ultimate beneficiaries of the project. Communicating scientific results to national authorities in an effective way, aiming at making a change is a challenge in any country but especially in Africa

Requirement: Expert support that reflects competencies in DRR knowledge transfer and training in an African context to design the appropriate platform for country level workshops. The project will focus on a skills-building/coaching process of its own Subject Matter Experts (SME) Teams going to the field (roughly 8 to 10), in order to successfully deliver and transfer scientific data and results.

GEG Contribution: The CIMA Foundation commissioned external providers GEG and Training In Aid to jointly design and develop a course agenda and modules structure for CIMA to deliver 16 Africa National DRR Risk Profile Results workshops. Phase I of the project involved an Inception Meeting in Savona to agree the final Terms of Reference for the project. Phase II included a design meeting held in Savona 3-4 April 2018 with selected senior CIMA project leaders to create the platform for the modalities for the Africa Workshops. Phase III focused on the design and development of a Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop to introduce, prepare and coach selected CIMA trainers in the content, methodology and delivery of the Africa National DRR workshops to be run in 2018/2019. The GEG/TIA team developed a highly interactive exercise and simulation-based approach to a 5-day training on the Africa National DRR workshop agenda. The team identified suitable training and learning methodologies according to topics and objectives, promoted an active-learning process for participants, and identified a set of training/communicative materials according to the methodologies in practice.

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