Capacity development: e-Learning and Workshops

Through Research4Life, a wealth of peer-reviewed international scientific journals, books, and databases are available. Research4Life capacity development initiatives support national researchers, lecturers, librarians and others to best utilise these resources. On this page you can find information about capacity development initiatives in different countries. Updates about training initiatives can be found here:

  • National Research4life workshops
  • E-learning courses: Master trainer course and certificate, ASIRA (course page)
  • AGORA: Fundamentals of Information Literacy and Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture Online Course (course page)
  • Testimonials

National Research4Life Workshops

National Research4Life workshops are held in Asia, Latin America, Europe and Africa involving a ‘Train the trainer’ approach. Courses include presentations, lectures, group discussions, product demonstrations and hands-on practice, plus handouts available in five languages. This training is aimed at librarians, information specialists, scientists, researchers and students.

Read about one of our trainer’s experiences, Lenny Rhine, a leading example of training the trainers and our interview with Gracian Chimwaza, who in the last 13 years, has undertaken extensive ICT outreach, capacity building and research missions in many African countries focusing on library e-resources access through the Research4Life programme.

For more information on Research4Life, Contact:

Courses are generally planned through the four Research4Life programmes and the  Research4Life Capacity development team, often a year in advance.  If you would like to contact the programmes directly to suggest a national workshop, please write to:


Hinari Master Trainer Online Course

The goal of the Hinari Master Trainer Course (distance learning) is to train key individuals to be able to conduct Hinari workshops. These individuals will be asked to lead these workshops in their countries and region. Courses will be limited to  individuals who have been trained at a Hinari workshop and have demonstrated their expertise by conducting training at their home institutions and/or countries. More information about future courses and registration will be announced.   Eight individuals completed the initial course.  A second course is planned for October 2017. Via various medium, registration information will be send prior to the course. For more information, write to or Note: Only participants from Research4Life eligible countries can register for the course. The list of eligible countries is available at:

ASIRA (Access to Scientific Information Resources in Agriculture)

AGORA also periodically offers the online course ASIRA (Access to Scientific Information Resources in Agriculture) for low-income countries). Webinars are also available. The course is designed to serve the needs of researchers, librarians and students who are operating in agricultural science in becoming familiar with academic publishing landscape, latest trends, and using scholarly information resources efficiently including the legal aspect of the field. Dates and registration info for future courses will be added periodically. More information

AGORA Online Course : Fundamentals of Information Literacy and Access to Global Online Research in Agriculture

The goal of this course is to enhance agricultural research in developing countries by supporting access to peer-reviewed literature in the fields of food, agriculture, environmental science and related social sciences. It is designed specifically to serve the needs of researchers, academics, research officers, librarians, IT specialists, other practitioners and students. The course aims to provide information about the fundamentals of information literacy competencies and develop necessary skills to access and effectively use AGORA – a collection of up to 6,200 key journals and up to 23,000 books to more than 3,000 institutions in more than 115 countries. More information


ITOCA’s mission is to build capacity amongst the research and education communities in the latest information tools and advocate for the adoption of new technologies that drive development in Africa. They do this by providing the necessary information skills for researchers in Africa through:

  • Outreach and marketing of relevant ICT tools and programs;
  • Providing customised program consultancy and support for universities, government departments, communities of practice, NGO’s and research institutions;
  • Assisting institutions to develop and formulate grant proposals for information programmes;
  • Providing tailored training for information resource programs such as TEEAL, AGORA, HINARI, ARDI and OARE for specific organizations and groups;
  • Partnering with international organizations working in research development;
  • Undertaking marketing research and program evaluation studies in ICT programmes

Contact:  Twitter @ITOCA_SA.


Ghana, 2017: “Words fail me in expressing how exceptional this training has been for me( and to think I wasn’t keen on attending). I have upgraded my then paltry knowledge on Hinari and the use of other search engines not just for science based disciplines but for general use. I am also the Academic coordinator for the Hospital and I have since updated the “online learning source” section of the Residents curriculum  and this time I did it with a better understanding of what I was writing. We have submitted a report on the workshop and are currently planning the training sessions for the various groups within the Hospital. Will keep you posted. Once again thanks so much for this opportunity! It was great.”

ASIRA, online 2017:the course was best in explaining what previously was undertaken in information obtaining and sharing and putting the direction in which today information, data, research output is obtained and shared in developing countries in particular that of world in general

Nicaragua, 2017:Que es una herramienta fácil de utilizar e importante ya que nos brinda en un 90 % la información buscada para enriquecer nuestros conocimientos.


Harare 2016

Dar es Salaam, 2016

Ghana, 2016