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Mr Zakari Saley Bana


A Geographer and proud graduate from the University of Oklahoma, I currently work for the Catholic Agency For Overseas Development (CAFOD) as a Disaster Risks Reduction Officer (DRR) in Niger. I am involved in the Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters (BRACED) Programme. In this position I helped build the capacity of municipalities’ staff and rural communities’ members in understanding DRR, adopt and implementing action plans to reduce the impacts of extreme weather events and climate change. Before joining CAFOD I worked for the USAID West Africa Water supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (USAID WA-WASH) programme as Geographic Information System (GIS) and Food Security Coordinator. As a GIS Coordinator, I was in charge of collecting geographic data, socio economic and environmental information about the beneficiary communities in Burkina Faso, Ghana and Niger. I also maintained the GIS database, generate information and map products for various partners of the program and help provide visibility about the program’s activities through web postings. On regular basis I provided GIS trainings and supports to stakeholders from governmental institutions, local NGO’s and universities in Burkina, Ghana and Niger to help them build their capacity to integrate GIS in their chores. The program’s food security activities I coordinated aims at the adoption of complementary agricultural technologies and practices to increase food production, income generation in order to boost up rural communities’ resilience to the adverse impacts of climate change. Implemented and planned activities included: climate smart agriculture in ten communities, community sensitizing through field support and the promotion of multiple uses of water supply. Prior to joining the USAID WA-WASH program, I worked as a private consultant in Niger. My major areas of expertise included: GIS implementation in development projects, environmental impacts studies, project impacts assessment and GIS training programs tailored for NGO’s and private companies’ staffs.


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