Leadership Development Program

The Leadership Development Program works with members from developing countries to build their professional leadership by strengthening their national and regional nodes.


The Leadership Development Program (LDP) is CAN’s cornerstone program and it aims to enable civil society to make more influential and impactful advocacy demands to governments, so that governments can respond with more powerful and ambitious policies and targets in climate change.

The LDP recruits fellows from developing countries who have the potential to become leading climate change activists and builds their professional leadership skills through trainings, mentoring and capacity building activities, following a learning-by-doing approach.  The fellows work directly with their regional or national CAN nodes to strengthen their capacity. This, along with the direct support received from CAN International Secretariat, helps to foster the link between the national/regional efforts and the international level.

The main areas where the fellows work are:

Policy - Enabling the participation of the fellow in strategic national and international policy debates to inform policy recommendations and build strategic relationships with governments and other stakeholders.

Capacity Building - To develop their leadership skills and competencies in policy, advocacy, communications and project management, in line with their professional goals and interests.

Network Strenghtening - through which they support their CAN node internal structures, to improve its coordination and operational capacity.


Meet our fellows:


Fatima Ahouli

Fatima is a social activist from Morocco. She received her degree from Cadi Iyyad University in English studies in the city of Marrakesh. She then worked as an agent of development for three years with Pease Corps Morocco before getting another degree in Banking from Infohouse in the city of Fes.

After her experience with GermanWatch as a local researcher and interpret on a study about the socio-economic impacts of the Moroccan solar project located in the middle south of Morocco, she founded the Association “The Human Touch for Development”. Later, after two years of voluntary work in her association, she decided to pursue her carrier in activism in climate change and renewable energies. She is currently working with Friederich Ebert Stiftung as a consultant and as an LDP fellow with CAN-I.


Fatima's Blogs for LDP program:

Tasslmante's New Neighbour

CAN Arab World 3rd Annual Regional Meeting

Paving The Way Forward at COP23


Janet Kachinga

Janet, from Zimbabwe, is passionate about the sustainable development of cities and finding more inclusive and effective ways for people to actively and meaningfully participate in governance. Eager to play a role in the development of policy that takes into account both environmental and developmental needs, she is part of the CAN Adaptation and Financing Working Groups. As an LDP fellow she wants to engage with communities on sustainability issues, and will work on coordinating and strengthening civil society action to impact communities and to influence decision makers.

Since 2013 she has worked to advocate for youth engagement in decision making processes and creating awareness about the Sustainable Development Goals and climate change. She has been a youth representative at platforms such as the Habitat III Thematic meeting on Inforal Settlements, the Africities Summit and the World Humanitarian Summit Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Consultations. From 2013 to 2015 she served on the Executive Committee for the United Nations Association South Africa Pretoria Chapter, and is also the Student Development Officer for the Youth Policy Committee (YPC) at the South African Institute of International Affairs.




Blog Posts

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