Future is our daily business

Facilitation & Human Capacity Development

Training is our daily business


We’re experts in training, especially competence-based adult education!

With trainings being one of ECO Consult’s core competencies, we are convinced that developing adequate technical and management capacities of target groups, counterparts and colleagues is key for the implementation of sustainable development.

We are a team of dedicated trainers:

  • experienced in cutting-edge didactical formats for adult education – off- and online
  • knowledgeable in a broad range of relevant sectors
  • proficient in English, French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish, and experienced in trainings with simultaneous translation
  • innovative in combining technical inputs with interactive methods that allow trainees to acquire knowledge, practical skills and a favorable attitude, and
  • able to draw on a broad knowledge base from ECO’s long-term projects worldwide as accomplished project implementers (Link to 5 - Projektdatenbank).

It is our goal to support capacity development – be it on an individual, organizational or network scope – by way of a decidedly strategic and results-oriented approach. Therefore, we offer services before, during and after the training event to ensure that efforts yield the desired results.

We can offer to help you design or adapt appealing trainings for yourself or your target group’s specific needs.

Find out more about us and inquire about possible trainings here: training@eco-consult.com


Selection of ECO’s Human Capacity Development
activities in the last years


** Digitally implemented or blended HCD activities


  • Ecuador **: Design and implementation of an ISE training program with focus on agricultural mountain ecosystem services (3 courses through blended learning), GIZ
  • Mexico: Design and implementation of an IES training program: 1 ToT, 3 basic and 1 advanced course focus on marine and coastal ecosystem services, GIZ
  • Sierra Leone **: Several training events on digital bookkeeping for user groups using tablets, KfW GPC III


  • El Salvador **: ValueLinks online training for GIZ colleagues and project partner, AIZ/GIZ
  • Madagascar **: Remote training on a KoboToolbox form for monitoring agricultural plots, GIZ ProSol
  • Nigeria **: ValueLinks online training, GIZ SEDIN
  • Sierra Leone: Formation of user groups with introduction to roles, responsibilities and basic requirements for managing an income generating facility, KfW GPC III
  • Supraregional **: ValueLinks 2.0 - The methodology for the promotion of value chains, series of online training events in English, Spanish and French, AIZ/GIZ


  • Burundi **: Analysis of strategic needs with relevant stakeholders for capacity building process on CCA in Burundi; Remote digital support for Trainers of a ToT as well as during post-training application, GIZ ACCES+
  • Central America **: Digital needs assessment for online Value Links courses with a focus on biodiversity-based value chains and a focus on tourism value chains and ecosystem services, AIZ/GIZ
  • Sierra Leone **: Training events on mobile data collection for road assessments (QField, QGIS); ToT for Community Development Officers, KfW GPC II-III 
  • Madagascar **: Remote training on a KoboToolbox form for mobile data collection, GIZ PAGE 2 
  • Uganda **: Remote digital coaching on value chain selection, GIZ Support for refugees and host communities in Northern Uganda


  • Brazil **: Needs assessment; Training concept; SME Coaching Loop; monitoring concept and ex-post evaluation mechanism; Community of Practice online, GIZ Green Markets
  • Tajikistan: ToT for project staff and partners on climate change adaptation in the water, health and (agro-)economic development sector, GIZ
  • Madagascar: Design of a capacity building process, GIZ ProPFR
  • Supraregional: Elaboration of training concepts on “Reaching the NDCs with the help of EbA”, AIZ/GIZ
  • Côte d’Ivoire: Facilitation of operational planning workshops based on Capacity Works, GIZ ProFERE
  • Germany: Design thinking workshop with water sector practitioners, GIZ Sector Project on Water Policy


  • Supraregional: Support to the overall design of a modular GIZ Training course on NDC implementation and development of the module on "Adaptation to Climate Change", GIZ Sector Project Climate
  • Bangladesh: HCD Strategy for Roll-out of effective Adaptation to Climate Change, GIZ FMB
  • Mauretania: Training on ecological monitoring (vegetation cover index – ICV), GIZ CorMCT
  • Thailand: Biodiversity Conservation for Well-Being training, GIZ

** Digitally implemented or blended HCD activities


Training portfolio

Our expertise covers a wide range of topics, sectors and regional specifications.

Training Formats

We offer formats as diverse as the contexts in which the capacity development interventions occur. These depend on many aspects (training objective, time span, target group, capacity needs, available resources, etc.) which we carefully analyze in close consultation with the client.

Our strength is to identify the right format in a joint process and tailor it to the individual context. We successfully integrate knowledge transfer, participation and interactivity in face-to-face, digital and blended versions.


Examples of the different formats are:

  • introduction sessions for newcomers in a certain topic
  • sensitization events for decision makers to develop orientation for political decisions
  • basic courses for practitioners who want to build certain competencies
  • training of trainers to support the development of trainer skills
  • multiplier workshops to link technical and organizational change processes
  • training on the job, coaching, mentoring to ensure successful application
  • facilitation of planning and kick-off workshops, project management processes and others
  • moderation of conferences, debates and alike


Details of ECO’s Training Portfolio

Forestry and wood energy

  • Basics of forestry sector development and sustainable multi-purpose forest management
  • Forest policy and forestry economics
  • Wood energy: Biomass as a source of energy
  • Forest landscape restauration

Education and training

  • Technical and vocational education and training (TVET)
  • Capacity development of education administrations
  • Adult education, human capacity development and training of trainers, Curricula development

Education and training

  • Technical and vocational education and training (TVET) Capacity development of education administrations Adult education, human capacity development and training of trainers, Curricula development

Climate change adaptation

  • Integrating climate change adaptation into development planning (“Climate proofing”) Ecosystem-based adaptation Nationally determined contributions (NDCs) incl. National Adaptation Plans


  • Biodiversity conservation for human wellbeing Integrating ecosystem services into development planning Access and benefit sharing

Project and knowledge management

  • Capacity works in project planning and implementation Project appraisal and participatory project planning Capitalization and evaluation

Value Chains

  • ValueLinks basic introductory seminar ValueLinks applied to the project needs (regions, thematic focus…) Practical value chain development and marketing of products from sustainable value chains

Governance for sustainable development

  • Capacity development of civil society organizations, local government bodies and community administrations Land use planning and local natural resources management conventions

M&E systems

  • Results-oriented monitoring (ROM) and conception of M&E systems GIS, GPS, data bases Ecological monitoring

The ECO training approach

Self-sustaining development depends on the degree to which people and organisations expand their abilities and empower themselves to shape their social, economic and environmental milieu.

In this respect our capacity development support goes beyond isolated training inputs treating capacity building as a comprehensive learning journey from ridge to reef, farm to fork or, generally speaking, assessment to successful sustainable application.


Capacity Needs Assessment

  • Organizing and running a pre-training capacity needs assessment is key to ensure that our courses match the real needs. We continue our participatory approach also during training events and constantly work with pilot groups to further identify and integrate participants needs.

Human Capacity Development Strategy

  • We develop HCD Strategies for projects and programmes to provide guidance for the development process and to define further intervention planning. A HCD strategy forms the work basis for the team and describes all necessary steps to strengthen the knowledge and skills of the target group

Training Concept

  • ECO Consult's training concepts are designed to achieve long-lasting impact. Guided by the question "what is relevant for practitioners?" we translate policies and  technical approaches into tangible and tailor-made learning contents and suitable formats.

Development of Training Material

  • ECO Consult's training material is tailor-made to cater for specific institutional, sectoral or regional/national contexts. We design comprehensive training materials for face-to-face as well as virtual learning material for self-guided learning, to support distance learning as well as to complement face-to-face trainings.

Technical Trainings for Practitioners

  • We conduct participatory, hand-on technical trainings on topics of practical relevance and on professional management skills like project management as well as strategic issues such as change management.

Facilitation of Peer Learning

  • We ensure a successful application of the newly acquired skills e.g. through continuous (remote) coaching or ongoing peer counseling for trainers and capacity building experts by discussing methodological questions and strategic approaches for capacity development processes

Transfer coaching, Training of Trainers

  • We facilitate the development of relevant technical and methodological trainer skills through ToTs to ensure a sufficient number of qualified trainers for future assignments. The ToTs also provide reflective space to exchange and share success factors for effective training events within the trainer pool.

M&E of Training Effectiveness and KM

  • For transforming learning into change, we monitor the necessary institutional uptake. We deliberately offer follow-up services to ensure that the efforts yield the desired results. We support our partners to safeguard the training effectiveness and ensure the achievements of planned impact indicators through post-training evaluations, follow-up and reflection.


We regard training as part of an overall strategic human capacity development process that seeks to initiate change processes through individual inspiration whether it be in face-to-face, digital and/or blended learning formats.