Published on 08/02/2024

Regional gas pedal program planning workshop: climate action and health resilience in West and Central Africa

Project organizations from 7 West and Central African countries considered vulnerable to climate change (Senegal, Mali, Chad, Cote d'Ivoire, Guinea Bissau, Burkina Faso, Ghana) as well as the ENDA/Université Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis consortium and the Sanofi Foundation met from January 29, 2024, in Mbour, Senegal for a planning workshop for theregional gas pedal program: climate action and health resilience in West and Central Africa.

Despite its low involvement in global warming, Africa is the continent most affected by its negative impacts, particularly on health. To face up to this challenge, we need the contribution of all stakeholders, and support for civil society organizations to increase the number of local adaptation initiatives.

The Regional Accelerator is a program for adaptation and resilience to the effects of climate change on health in West and Central Africa, funded by Fondation S and coordinated by the ENDA/Université Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis Consortium.

This partnership is unique and innovative in the sense that it is the first to equip communities by supporting, at all levels, adaptation actions and local responses that strengthen their resilience in the face of the impact of climate change on health in 7 countries. The aim of the project is to support the deployment and scaling-up of local solutions for adaptation and resilience to the impacts of climate change on the health of vulnerable communities.

This is an ambitious project, and we want it to help us bring about change at community level, to find endogenous solutions that will enable us to cope with climate change. We know that climate change has many effects on communities, so as a member of the community, we are going to develop initiatives with them to respond to all the difficulties and challenges facing the community.

Della Isidore, National Director INADES, Burkina Faso.

The planning workshop provided an opportunity for the supported organizations to present their projects for adapting to the health impacts of climate change, and to express their technical requirements for achieving their objectives.

This meeting was an opportunity to reflect together, in a co-construction approach, in order to lay the foundations of the collaboration framework, in terms of governance, communication and steering tools, while creating a space for dialogue and exchange between program beneficiaries. According to Sécou Sarr, Executive Secretary of ENDA Tiers monde, this is a prerequisite for harmonizing approaches so that technical assistance can be effective and efficient for project leaders.

We reviewed the various projects. This has enabled us to clearly perceive the different transformations we are going to bring about at community level and to work on taking this dimension into account in the implementation of the different activities, and to see how we can operationally work towards accountability in the technical and financial management of activities.

Della Isidore, National Director, INADES Office, Burkina Faso

Sécou Sarr is delighted with the commitment of the organizations he has supported, and is already looking ahead to the next stages.

We have seen a real commitment from the 7 organizations to work together with the consortium to successfully implement all the local solutions proposed. We will need to ensure a close follow-up agenda for all the organizations involved in the implementation, and we have 2 organizations in the Enda/UGBSL consortium who are responsible for the technical aspects of the climate change theme.

Sécou Sarr, Executive Secretary of the ENDA Tiers Monde network.

We would like to thank Fondation S for this initiative. It enables us to see the difficulties that exist in Africa and to come up with solutions to the impact of climate change on health.

Della Isidore, Director, INADES National Office, Burkina Faso.