Unlocking Potential: The Advantages of Capacity Building Training

Unlocking Potential: The Advantages of Capacity Building Training

At Agora Consulting, we firmly believe that sustainable development is not just about implementing projects; it’s about empowering individuals and organizations to drive positive change from within. One of the most effective tools in our arsenal for achieving this goal is capacity building training. In this blog post, we’ll explore the advantages of capacity building training and why it is essential for building resilient and empowered communities.

What is Capacity Building Training?

Capacity building training refers to a systematic process of enhancing the knowledge, skills, abilities, and resources of individuals, organizations, and communities to effectively address challenges, seize opportunities, and achieve their goals. Unlike traditional training programs, which focus on imparting specific technical skills, capacity building training takes a holistic approach, fostering personal and professional development, promoting critical thinking and problem-solving, and nurturing leadership and collaboration.

Advantages of Capacity Building Training

  1. Empowerment: Perhaps the most significant advantage of capacity building training is that it empowers individuals and organizations to take control of their own development. By equipping participants with the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to identify and address challenges, capacity building training fosters a sense of agency and self-reliance.
  2. Sustainability: Sustainable development is not sustainable if it depends solely on external assistance. Capacity building training ensures that communities and organizations have the internal capacity to continue driving progress long after external interventions have ended. By investing in local expertise and leadership, capacity building training builds resilience and fosters sustainability.
  3. Innovation: In today’s rapidly changing world, the ability to innovate and adapt is essential for success. Capacity building training encourages creative thinking, experimentation, and continuous learning, empowering individuals and organizations to develop innovative solutions to complex challenges.
  4. Collaboration: Effective collaboration is key to addressing complex development issues that transcend geographical, sectoral, and disciplinary boundaries. Capacity building training fosters collaboration by building trust, promoting communication and teamwork, and cultivating networks of like-minded individuals and organizations.
  5. Impact: Ultimately, the goal of capacity building training is to maximize impact – not just in terms of outputs and outcomes but in terms of lasting change and transformation. By investing in the capacity of individuals and organizations to effectively plan, implement, and evaluate their initiatives, capacity building training enhances the effectiveness and sustainability of development efforts.

Our Approach to Capacity Building Training

At Agora Consulting, we take a participatory and tailored approach to capacity building training, recognizing that one size does not fit all. Whether working with grassroots community organizations, government agencies, or multinational corporations, we design training programs that are responsive to the unique needs, contexts, and aspirations of our clients.

Our training programs are interactive, experiential, and designed to facilitate peer learning and knowledge exchange. We draw on a diverse range of methodologies, including workshops, seminars, coaching, mentoring, and online learning platforms, to ensure maximum engagement and impact.

Join Us on the Journey

Capacity building training is not just an investment in individuals and organizations; it’s an investment in the future – a future where communities are empowered, resilient, and thriving. At Agora Consulting, we invite you to join us on this journey of empowerment and transformation. Together, let’s unlock potential, foster innovation, and build a brighter tomorrow for all. Welcome to Agora Consulting, where ideas meet impact, and change begins.

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Tewelde Gebremariam Adhanom






Name of Organization:

Agora Consulting


Full Time / Part Time:

Full Time  


Name of Staff:

Tewelde Gebremariam Adhanom


Date of Birth & Age:

23 /02/1985






College / university

Degrees obtained

Mo/Year of obtainment

Class / division

University of Antwerp

MSc in Governances and Development

September 2016

Great Designation

University of Bahir Dar

MA in Gender and Development Studies

November 2012

Greatest Designation

Jimma University

BEd in Geography and Environment Studies

June 2007

Great Designation



English (fluent), Amharic (fluent), Tigrigna (native)


Countries of Work Experience:



Employment Record:

Name of employing organization

Dates of employment

Positions held

Agora Consulting

February 2023

Founder and Director

Altai Consulting

2020 – Present


University of Gondar              

September 2013—December 2019

Assistant Professor

Care International Consultancy               

December 2019 – January 2020


Samuel Hall               

April 2019 – May 2019


European Centre for Development

Policy Management (ECDPM)

May 2018 – June 2018 and July 2019 – August 2019


Tewelde Gebremariam Adhanom is the founding director of Agora, a research consultancy in Ethiopia focusing on migration, climate change, policy, education, gender, and entrepreneurship. Tewelde has over 10 years of experience in the field of research and is the Director of Communications and a board member for the Ethiopian Evaluation Association (EEvA). Tewelde is experienced in designing, coordinating and leading complex research and monitoring projects across Ethiopia. Recent projects that Tewelde has contributed to include, Third-Party Monitoring of food distribution under the World Bank’s PSNP, monitoring of the EU’s peacebuilding work in Ethiopia, an analysis of the Tigray conflict, contributing to the FCDOs Ethiopia Migration Program, assessing renewable energy for the World Bank. Tewelde is experienced in leading and  providing training to data collection teams for both qualitative and quantitative tools.


Work Undertaken that Best Illustrates Capability to Handle the Tasks Assigned:

Name of assignment:

Main project features:


Activities performed:

Third-Party Monitoring

Productive Safety Net Program (PSNP)

World Bank

Ethiopia (Tigray)

Third-party monitoring of the World Bank PSNP’s food distribution in Tigray led by the World Food Programme

Research Lead

·         TPM design and reporting

·         Design and coordination of data collection

·         Field team training

·         Logistics

·         Project management

·         Project delivery support

Labor Market Assessment of Destination Countries for Ethiopian Labor Migrants

2023, IOM

Ethiopia (UK, Germany)


Labor Market Assessment of Destination Countries for Ethiopia Labor Migrants covering the demand and supply side for skilled and semi-skilled Ethiopian labors to European countries.

Ethiopia Research Lead

·         Tool designing

·         Collecting high level KIIs

·         Report writing

Outcome Harvesting and Longitudinal Research Capacity Building

2023, Oxfam


Training on Outcome Harvesting and Longitudinal Research capacity building to Oxfam staff and implementing partners

Co-lead trainer

·         Co-design training materials

·         Co-led Training

·         Post training reporting

Third-Party Monitoring for EU Foreign Policy Instrument’s (FPI) Peacebuilding portfolio

2020 – Present




Providing TPM to the following Projects:

SELAM Early Recovery and Socio-Economic Stability in Tigray, implemented by CARE and REST. 

Strengthening Survivor-Centred Responses: Holistic, Comprehensive, Survivor-Centred GBV in Emergencies programming in Tigray”, implemented by Trocaire (CST) and other 5 local partners 

Lifesaving Primary Health Care (PHC), Mental Health & Psycho-Social Support (MHPSS), Sexual & Reproductive Health and trauma Healing for the Tigray’s conflict-affected population, implemented by Médecins du Monde (MdM) France

Research Manager

·         Designing tools

·         Train researchers

·         Collecting qualitative Data

·         Involve in writing up the report and presentations

World Bank-Productive use of Energy on the on the cross borderlands in East Africa Countries

2022, World Bank

Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and Djibouti

An assessment of Productive Use of Energy in the borderlands of Ethio-Somalia, Ethio-Kenya and Ethio-Djibouti


·         Lead team of researchers in the borderlands of Ethio-Kenya, Ethio-Somalia and Ethio-Djibouti

·         Collect KIIs

·         Reporting

Lalibela Context Assessment

2022, French Development Agency (AFD)


a context analysis in the post conflict territory of Lalibela on behalf of the France Development Agency.



·         Development of research tools

·         Field team training and oversight

·         Reporting

Ethiopia Rapid Research Facility (ERRF)

2022, Trias Consulting



Researching on the rapid political situation of Ethiopia  


Senior Researcher

·         Development of research tools

·         Conducting KIIs

·         Weekly reporting of the rapidly changing situations

·         Providing local expert knowledge and reporting

Atmospheric analysis conflict in Tigray

2021, OTI / USAID


Atmospheric analysis on the ongoing situation in Tigray, Ethiopia.


·         Development of research tools

·         Field team training and oversight

·         Reporting

Ethiopia Migration Programme



Design and undertake research into migration routes across Eastern Africa, including monthly atmospheric reporting and deep dives supporting adaptive programming and policy direction.

Implement livelihoods and communications programming across Ethiopia, with a focus on Tigray refugee camps and North Wollo in Amhara



·         Supervision of field research team

·         Conducted Key Informant interviews

·         Reporting

Baseline for Building Rural Income through Dairy Business Growth in Ethiopia

SNV (Altai)

February 2020 – November 2020

Ethiopia (5 regions)

Quantitative survey of Dairy Households

FGDs with Dairy Households

Project coordinator

·         Development of research tools

·         Field team training and oversight

·         Reporting

Research Project on ‘Gender and Climate Change in Northwest Ethiopia’ of the VLIR-UOS, 2019

In Gondar, Ethiopia

This research project is conducted in drought prone areas of Northwest Ethiopia, aiming at designing evidence-based gender sensitive agriculture related adaptation strategies.


Local Promoter of the research project

·         Methodology design and tool development

·         Supervision of field research team

·         Qualitative analysis using Nvivo software.

·         Quantitative descriptive and inferential analysis

·         Reporting and presenting key findings

Assessment of Household wellbeing among Safety net program (SNP) beneficiaries in Tigray

Care International Consultancy, 2019, Tigray Region, Ethiopia


·    Conducting Baseline survey from farmer households in the SNP in Tigray

·    Assessing the changes in the wellbeing of the farmers in the program.



·         Methodology design

·         Development of research tools

·         Installing the tools to Kobo

·         Provided training on Kobo to enumerators

·         Supervision of field research team

·         Conducted Focus Group discussion with famers

·         Conducted Key Informant interviews

·         Analysis the qualitative data using Nvivo

Evaluation of the ‘Communications Campaigns and Migration

Samuel Hall


Addis Ababa

·    Conducting research to look at the effectiveness of communications campaigns on migration and their relevance to the context.


·         Field coordination (time and budget)

·         Translation of the  research tools

·         Provided training on Kobo to enumerators

·         Supervision of field research team

·         Conducted Key Informant interviews

·         Reporting

European Centre for Development

Policy Management (ECDPM), The Netherlands


Shire Eritrean Campus, Tigray, Ethiopia

·    Baseline data collection for the Regional Development and Protection Program of the European Union in the Eritrean Refugees camps Shire, Tigray, Ethiopia

·    Fellow-up of the Regional Development and Protection Program implementation of the European Union in the refugee camps in Shire, Tigray, Ethiopia



·         Field coordination (time and budget)

·         Translation of the  research tools

·         Provided training on Qualitative data collection methods (FGD and KII) to enumerators

·         Supervision of field research team

·         Conducted Key Informant interviews

·         Reporting



·         Sena Kinati, Project Manager at Altai E-mail: skinati@altai-africa.com cell phone: +251937460052

·         Dr Kassahun Tegegne: Academic vice president and former dead of Social Science, University of Gondar.    Cell Phone: +251-918-703807             E-mail: kassteg@yahoo.com

·         Anna Knoll Head of Programme Migration, European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM), The Netherlands,    Cell Phone: +31 6 538 60 904       

E-mail: ak@ecdpm.org



Signature of staff member or authorized representative of the staff


 Tewelde Gebremariam

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia





Zerihun Berhane has a PhD in local development and global dynamics from the University of Trento, Italy. He has two Masters Degrees – one in globalization and development from the University of Antwerp, Belgium and another in development studies from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. Zerihun has worked in various positions with organizations providing research, training, and capacity building services and undertaking qualitative and quantitative analyses and impact evaluation of programs. His research areas include climate change adaptation, social protection, disaster risk management, food security, poverty, inequality, and migration. He has presented his works in several international conferences and published extensively in reputable outlets such as Climate, Development Policy Review, Geographical journal, Geoenvironmental Disasters, Evaluation and Program Planning, and Environment, Development and Sustainability among others. Currently, Zerihun is working as an Associate Professor at the Center for African and Asian Studies, Addis Ababa University and serves as Vice President of the Ethiopian Evaluation Association (EEvA). 


Web of Science ResearcherID AFQ-1288-2022   ORCID  Google Scholar

Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Zerihun-Weldegebriel