ECMA Capacity Building Workshop

Nov 26, 2016 | Migrant Advocacy

ADRA Thailand’s ECMA project team and Positive Deviant Consulting Firm conducted a five day workshop to build the capacity of ADRA/ECMA staff  and CSO/CBO sub-grant partners on Organizational Development on 21-25 November 2015.

Mr Antonio Belgrave led out on the two and half day Training of Trainers (TOT) for ECMA staff on 21-23 November and assisted ECMA staff as they led the next 2 days training  for CSO/CBO from 7 organizations  on 23-25 November 2016.

For the 21-23 November 2016, the  TOT Workshop  for ADRA Thailand/ECMA staff focused on strategy developing, problems solving, implementation skills and stakeholder management.   In developing strategy, the trainer led  development of a strategy base which is very useful for organizations to give them a bigger picture of their teams responses. The problem solving techniques introduced the principle of problems solving,  allowing participants to think of what the root causes of  problems are and follow up with the defining their problems statement and desired states.  Other analytical techniques included fish bone, 5 whys, and arrow go most and less, impact and effort matrix and iceberg, which were were introduced and practiced.  The spirits of this session encouraged the participant to think about root causes problems and how to solve them effectively with full engagement of team members. The implementation planning skills were introduced as a second step when the team had a clear understanding of their problem,  its root causes and solutions. The trainers  demonstrated planning skills, set up their respective milestones and had to detail the activities necessary to reach each milestone. The 5 tools of coms cell werepracticed nicely in the sessions.



Antonio providing feedback for strategic housing.

In the last session with ECMA team, the trainer went through stakeholder management. In this session, the trainer explained the stakeholder analysis matrix to guide the necessity of having a clear analysis of power over interest each stakeholder  has . The project /organization should then design different approaches with each group.

The 2 and half day TOT went smooth  and was rich with information, ECMA and ADRA Thailand staff were inspired to implement tools and skills in the ECMA project and provide coaching to project partners in the implementation.    


Partners practicing drawing their strategy house

On 23-25 November, 2016, Organizational Development Capability Building Workshop for 7 CSO/CBO partners

Mr Antonio Belgrave and ECMA staff conducted a 2 days’ workshop for 7 CSO/CBO organizations.  The workshop covered  4 key  topics  which analysed  the OD assessment tools   sent  to the organizations before the workshop. The 4 topics were:  improving organization direction, CSO efficiency (GEMBA), Better problems solving and impact for change leadership.

In the first session, Antonio Belgrave explained the overall purpose of the ECMA capacity building workshop. The introduction began with strategy developing which mainly focused on building strategic housing. Each partner built their own strategy house based on their organization vision, mission, and strategy and measure success. The workshop schedule followed up with problem solving in the second day and implementation skill and stakeholder management on third day of the workshop. Finally the trainer encouraged each participant to write 3 commitments they want to achieve in the next 2 weeks. The postcards were collected by ECMA staff and post to all participants in the following 2 weeks.  The ECMA staff raised their thanks and appreciation to all participants for making the workshop a success and more meaningful, they also committed their additional support to develop personal and organizational skill levels in OD throughout the projects duration and beyond.  The trainer concluded the workshop with high appreciation for full participation of all participants and encouraged all participants to continue to practice all tools and share their skills their team members. Antonio ended the session with  a famous quote from Mahatma Gandhi which says “Be the change you want to see in the world” to encourage the participants to think positive and reflect the changes that they wished to see.