CIFAL Global Network

CIFAL stands for "Centre International de Formation des Autorités et Leaders" (in French), and "Centro Internacional de Formación para Autoridades y Líderes" (in Spanish).

The CIFAL Global Network is composed of 20 International Training Centers for Authorities and Leaders. These CIFAL centres are located across Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas and the Caribbean (See Map Below). Most of CIFAL Atlanta's training services are delivered through the CIFAL Global Network. The CIFAL centers provide innovative training throughout the world and serve as hubs for the exchange of knowledge amongst government officials, the private sector and civil society.

The eradication of poverty and hunger, environmental sustainability, risk reduction of natural disasters and provision of skills required to compete in a global economy, are only a few of the challenges that our governments and societies face. The CIFAL Global Network recognizes that there is a crucial need for capacity development in order to address these challenges. The CIFAL Global Network’s mission is to strengthen the capacities of government officials and civil society leaders, thus empowering them to advance sustainable development.

CIFAL Global Network


CIFAL Atlanta Areas of Work

The CIFAL Approach

The central purpose of CIFAL’s training programs is to develop and strengthen human capacities to better respond to development challenges and to facilitate City to City (C2C) partnerships. CIFAL's trainings provide a platform for dialogue and knowledge transfer on key development related issues. Through knowledge management methodologies, CIFALs provide networking opportunities that lead to collaboration, facilitation of peer to peer learning and exchange of best practices. Since its inception in 2003, the Network has reached more than 30,000 beneficiaries through over 400 learning events.

"[The CIFAL Network] meets a crucial need to reinforce capacities and exchange good practices among local authorities, the private sector and the United Nations”.

- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Remarks to the UNITAR/CIFAL Network Steering Committee, Atlanta, USA, 8 May 2008