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Published on: 09/11/2012

Outline contents of WASH and climate change adaptation in Nigeria draft training module

Session 1

  • Climate change: a source of risk and uncertainty in WASH service delivery

Topics/cases: climate change impacts, vulnerability

Session 2

  • Planning in WASH projects and programmes, and mainstreaming climate change adaptation

Session 3

  • Scenario-based planning:  principles of visioning, assessment, scenario-building and strategy development

Session 4

  • Community-based climate change adaptation

Session 5

  • Climate screening and proofing of WASH projects and programmes

Topics/cases: rural water supply, urban water supply, sanitation, technologies

Session 6

  • Integrated Water Resources Management and WASH

Topics/cases: community-based water resources monitoring and management, flooding (prevention and warning)

Session 7

  • Emergencies and Disaster Risk Reduction (including floods and droughts)

Session 8

  • Costs, benefits and financing climate change adaptation: opportunities and risks

Session 9

  • Developing your climate resilient action plan

The training module covers rural and urban issues, sanitation and water supply, water resources management and cross-cutting (e.g. gender and equity) issues. It also takes a wider approach to managing sources of uncertainty and risk in the WASH sector – of which climate change is one – and the approaches and tools introduced have potentially wide applicability.

The training module is intended to be used in the delivery of short courses (about 40 hours duration) for WASH professionals (particularly at state and local government levels in the planning and design of water and sanitation projects and programmes, and the delivery of water and sanitation services) helping participants to find practical entry points to address climate change risks in their own work. Participants may be drawn from Ministries, state water supply agencies, WASH units, RBDAs and other related agencies. Specific learning objectives of the envisaged training courses are that participants will gain 1) a thorough understanding of all aspects of climate change, 2) understand how mainstreaming provides a way for the WASH sector to engage and effectively meet the challenges presented by climate change, and 3) be able to adapt scenario-based planning, water safety planning and other tools in order to address climate change and other sources of risk and uncertainty in WASH.

Training-of-trainers workshop

The training-of-trainers workshop is intended for organisations and individuals that are planning or considering the development of training activities in WASH and climate change adaptation. This includes staff from the National Water Resources Institute (Kaduna) which plans to run training courses in WASH and climate change adaptation in the future. The workshop will also be of interest to participants from the federal and policy levels (such as FME, MoWR, MoH, UNICEF etc) and specifically staff that are interested in supporting subsequent capacity development on climate change in WASH for their organisations, partners and programmes. Staff working in universities, consultants and NGOs that may be involved in future in delivering such training courses are also welcome.

The workshop assumes that participants have some familiarity with climate change issues, and most are likely to have specific roles linking to climate change adaptation, planning or capacity development within their organisations.

As trainers, you will later be leading sessions to build and strengthen capacity in assessing vulnerability to climate change and formulating adaptation strategies in WASH sector. This training workshop aims to help you place the problem in its context and guide you in your use of the training materials that have been prepared.

The specific objectives of the trainers-of-training workshop are that participants:

  1. are familiar with some of the latest resources available to support WASH and climate change adaptation training
  2. equipped to use the available resources with exercises and examples to design and deliver effective training courses
  3. give feedback on the draft training module to support its finalisation
  4. generate ideas and commitments for future capacity building activities over the next two years

Draft programme

The programme combines a mix of discussion sessions with pilot sessions to test and demonstrate use of the draft training module (days 2 and 3).

Monday 26 November

  • Participants arrive in Abuja for start at 1100

Session 1

  • Introductions of participants and key organisations
  • Introduction of overall initiative and rationale for capacity building activities in WASH and climate change adaptation
  • Presentation of draft policy analysis (climate change and WASH policies in Nigeria)

Tuesday 27 November


Session 2

  • Introduction of the draft training module (structure, sessions, materials, facilitators guide)
  • Testing of selected sessions from draft training module, feedback and discussion

Wednesday 28 November


Session 3

  • Testing of selected sessions from draft training module, feedback and discussion

Thursday 29 November


Session 4

  • Review of other sessions in draft training module (not tested in this ToT)
  • Feedback on draft training module and facilitators guide
  • Skill development for replication of the training course

Friday 30 November


Session 5

  • Planning future capacity building on WASH and climate change adaptation
  • Workshop closed at 1230 for departure of participants

This workshop will be facilitated by the IRC International Water and Sanitation Centre and has been planned in collaboration with the National Water Resources Institute and UNICEF. Participants will receive a specially prepared draft training package including background materials, examples and exercises, presentations and other resources.

Participants are encouraged to bring along any additional case study material or resources that ought to be considered and included in the training package.

Venue and logistics

The workshop will be held at the Rock View Classic Hotel, Abuja.

For further information please contact John Butterworth ( or Celestina Malewesi (

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