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DIPLOMA 340: Blended Online/Live Workshop Training Program
Designing & Funding Sustainable, Community Based Adaptation Projects
8 Week International Training Program: Including:
A 5 Day Live In-Country Workshop. Current dates are in the column to the side.
2 Additional, Optional, In-country Field Days Conducting Participatory Needs Assessments

Designing & Funding Sustainable Community Based Adaptation Projects.
In this blended learning, 8 week training program you will participate in:
  1. Optional Participatory Needs Assessments. 2 Days. Conduct participatory needs assessments with a community in Guatemala in preparation for the Guatemala 6 Day workshop. If you would prefer, you can complete these needs assessments with a community in your own country for use in the training program. We will provide everything you need to conduct the needs assessments.
  2. A Face-to-Face Workshop. Full Project Design and Development. 6 Days. Upon arriving in Guatemala, working with the CSDi workshop leader,  you will use your needs assessments to begin the development of a complete, fundable, launchable project.
  3. Project Launch: Community Capacity Building: 5 Weeks. Return home to your country and launch your project with the continued guidance of your CSDi workshop leader.
This blended training program is available in 3 specialized sections:
What you will get out of this diploma program
This eight-week diploma program—attended by international participants—will provide a system of building block activities for you to use on the ground in developing and implementing successful adaptation to climate change projects that can be co-managed and sustained by communities. Based on use by participants from 149 different countries, the techniques illustrated in this training course use a step-by-step progression to lead participants through problem assessment, project design, implementation, and community takeover.
The course will equip you with the tools and techniques you need to improve current project effectiveness, to introduce community-based adaptation into organizational programming, and to generate new projects. This practical training course is appropriate for administrators, policymakers, all levels of practitioners—as well as for students of development.
The International Challenge
The world's poor are the most critically affected by a changing climate. These human beings have been struggling for decades with poverty, malnutrition, poor health, and a lack of access to education. Development professionals are beginning to realize that for many communities, their plight may not be improving rapidly enough to reach the UN’s Millennium Development Goals by the targeted date. If experienced development organizations are finding it difficult to solve decades-old development problems, how will they additionally solve new challenges driven by a changing climate?
Course participants learn to develop real projects in real villages
In an effort to reverse this trend, the Center for Sustainable Development (CSDi) provides live training workshops and distance-learning courses for development organizations, grassroot organizations, nonprofit staff—and individuals interested in community based adaptation. They present an ‘online field experience,’ and lead participants in the process of developing sustainable, self sufficient communities. This blended learning program will lead you through the development of a real project, in real time, in a real village, and leave you with the practical field tools to sustain it.
Become the Solution
Where does one turn to for information on designing, launching, and managing CBA projects? For many staff members it may feel overwhelming to launch an adaptation project. Where do you begin? What practical tools are working today? How do you convey climate change concepts to a community? Together, during the training workshop, we will explore the full process of developing CBA programs.
The course provides a system for field staff to use in developing successful projects and includes the tools and resources needed to:
  • assess and organize information about climate challenges and vulnerabilities that communities face
  • work side-by-side with communities to develop long-term, sustainable adaptation programs
  • link together development, disaster risk reduction, and adaptation activities into sound projects
  • empower communities to take full charge of programs once up and running
What you will do
This workshop is not based upon lectures—it is based upon action. We will not be using case studies: Immediately before the live workshop you will have an optional 2 days to facilitate participatory needs assessments with a real community in Guatemala— or in the country where your organization works. You will then develop the following tangible outputs, tools and techniques for your specific project based upon your community's assessment:
  • clearly assess a community's development need in a target community
  • assess a Participatory Capacity and Vulnerability climate change assessment
  • develop a project outline with a problem statement, underlying causes, and solution oriented activities
  • research scientific evidence that your activities have worked to solve the project challenge
  • develop project management documents: log frames, budgets and schedules
  • develop a Letter of Inquiry for a donor presentation
  • prepare for the formation of a community based project management committee
  • develop field guides and lesson plans for beginning a series of capacity building community workshops
  • develop a participatory monitoring and evaluation plan
  • develop a long-term project management plan for community use
The training will have both English and Spanish sections. This is a blended learning workshop. During the optional weekend prior to the five day workshop, guided by CSDi staff, you will conduct needs assessments with a local community in Guatemala—or in the country where you work—in preparation for the workshop. You will spend five days developing and fine-tuning a project that will address the specific context that your community faces. As a bonus, at the end of the live workshop, upon returning home, you will return to work with your community—and launch your project's implementation— all under the continuing support and guidance of your CSDi workshop leader.
The workshop will be led by Tim Magee, CSDi’s Executive Director, who has over 30 years experience in both working with nonprofits and leading training workshops. Mr. Magee is the author of A Field Guide to Community Based Adaptation published by Routledge, Oxford, England.
The course will use Mr. Magee's book as the course text. To gain more background information about the course, follow the book's link to search inside the electronic version to see in greater detail what the workshop will cover. To learn more about the breadth of participant's projects, investigate course participant countries (147), organizations (500), and project themes (270).

• you will be able to download a full range of document templates for you to customize that best address your project.
• course facilitators will work with you individually throughout the week in developing your specific project.

• we will provide a library of links to resources for the different challenges that you're likely to encounter: scientific studies, manuals, field guides, and community capacity building resources. Course participants’ projects have included 270 different kinds of solution oriented activities.

Participatory Field Assessment of Community Need
The goal of the workshop is to guide you in developing a real project for your target community. As this is community-based development, we need to identify your community's perception of their need.
The course facilitator will then work with you to refine the assessment into a simple project outline that you will bring to the live workshop with you and begin developing it into a full project beginning on day one.
For workshop participants without community access—you have two options:
1. Partner in the pre-workshop component with a fellow course member and work with them on their needs assessment and project outline development. Learn more about the partnering process.
2. Attend a Pre-Workshop Two-Day Guatemala Field Course and conduct a needs assessment with villagers in Guatemala immediately prior to the five-day workshop. The assessments themselves will be conducted in a Guatemalan village setting for an actual project that will be developed by a Guatemalan NGO. Download the detailed workshop syllabus to see how this works.
Five-Day Course Overview
This is a simplified overview: download the detailed course syllabus for complete information.

SATURDAY. Arrive in Guatemala

SUNDAY. Register for workshop. Welcome Dinner


Community: Local Climate Knowledge
• reviewing the in-country pre-workshop community assessments
• revising the project outline based upon new PCVA findings

Climate: Scientific Climate Information
• researching scientific climate change information
• assessing risk and summarizing local scientific climate change information

Challenge: Local Context
• comparing local knowledge to scientific climate knowledge
• completing a revised project outline reflecting local need, local climate knowledge, and scientific climate knowledge


Solution: Identifying Adaptation Activities
• researching solution-based adaptation activities
• verifying activity effectiveness through scientific evidence
• developing the program and activity solution list
• mainstreaming: integrating adaptation and DRR activities with traditional development activities


Project: Management & Funding Tools
• developing a logical framework, detailed budget and a project schedule
• participant project presentations


• project summary: writing a compelling two page fact sheet (LOI)
• how will you organize a donor presentation?
• where will you find donors to present your project to?

Launch: Partnering with the Community
• preparing for the formation of a community project management committee

Sustainability: Capacity Building for Community Takeover
• community capacity building
• selecting the first activity for a community capacity building workshop
• two-way knowledge transfer: lesson plans


Impact: Milestones into the Future
• participatory project monitoring and evaluation
• finding future expertise and resources to address future challenges
• developing a long-term project management plan for the community

Departure. This is an ideal time to take a few vacation days to explore beautiful Guatemala—and visit Lake Atitlan or fly to Tikal to see a major Mayan archaeological site—learn more.
The Program will Link Theory and Practice
3 Simple Steps to Launch Your Project. As a special bonus, we will support you in launching the project with your community that you developed in the training program. In the month after the live workshop, after you return home, the workshop facilitator will provide guidance, consultation, and resources—and will guide you in forming a community based project management committee, engaging the committee in project management, and leading your first capacity building workshop with community members.
You can read more about this in depth in the detailed workshop syllabus.
  1. You will only need to have functional knowledge of Word, Excel, email, and the Internet.
  2. A laptop/netbook with Wi-Fi for use in the workshop.
  3. There are no books to buy—all course materials are available on the course site.
  4. Some of the assignments suggest doing them in a community. If impractical for you, partnering with a classmate in the field who does have community access will add depth to your experience.
Target participants
  • policymakers, administrators and officials at various governmental levels
  • practitioners such as planners, disaster risk managers and development workers at provincial and local levels
  • UN agency and/or other international/regional/local NGO staff working in the fields of climate change adaptation, risk management, disaster risk reduction and development
  • Southern and Northern development students and postgraduate students who want to learn more about what works in designing impact-oriented projects
  • donors, development practitioners, field staff, grant writers, project managers, directors, and donor staff.
  • staff from IGOs, large INGOs, staff from small in-country NGOs, people considering career changes, and business owners with a social conscience.
Workshop Fee
The training cost is US $1,250 per participant. This covers the 6 week training fee (including the 5-day live workshop), resource materials, the course textbook, guidance during the pre- and post-workshop field components, a welcome dinner, and lunches during the workshop. Participants will be responsible for their own travel expenses and arrangements such as airport transfers, visa application fees where necessary, food and accommodation, health/accident insurance, and other personal expenses.
The optional 2-day field course is $500 which covers the training fee, resource materials, and lunches. This also covers transportation for the 2-day field course. Participants will be responsible for their own travel expenses and arrangements such as airport transfers, visa application fees where necessary, food and accommodation, health/accident insurance, and other personal expenses.
How to Enroll
Registration and payment must be completed at least one week before the scheduled training. Pre-training information will be provided to those accepted into the program and for whom we have received payment. Simply go to the Enrollment Page to fill out the application form and to pay by credit card. Please write us for Western Union, MoneyGram or bank transfer instructions: Online.Learning@csd-i.org. Read our Workshop Terms and Conditions.
Course Completion Diploma
Course participants who successfully complete the course on time will receive a course diploma. Learn more. Your certificate will be e-mailed within 30 days of the end of your course.
Location Antigua, Guatemala
Antigua, Guatemala. 45 km west of Guatemala City. Antigua, a UNESCO world heritage site, is a beautiful Spanish colonial town founded in 1543. Antigua is a walker’s paradise with dozens of interesting restaurants and specialty shops. It sits near the base of the 3,760 meter Agua volcano. Why Guatemala? We have an office in Guatemala and have been working in Guatemala for over 10 yearsconsequently we have community contact. Guatemala is also much less expensive for meals and lodging than are North America and Europe. Guatemala is a beautiful, culturally rich travel destination for those of you interested in staying a few extra days.
Participant Quotes
  • On behalf of the Zambia team, I wish to extend our heartfelt gratitude for the knowledge addition in our careers, the time you take to correct our assignments.... This has opened doors for us to venture into designing our own projects, very sure we shall never go POOR. You've indeed taught us how to 'FISH not provided FISH'. Dianah. Zambia
  • I want to take this opportunity to express my thanks to you, and your staff for your continued support during the courses in the feedback and comments that enhances our work and for the opportunity to participate. I thank you all very much. Gillian, Grenada.
  • You have just made our day. Thank you for your usual prompt and generous reviews of our work. Your system is most effective. Helps us to do well. Thank you once again. We are grateful for your mentorship. Carolyn. US.
  • We are thankful for your guidance, for coming up with these courses that are relevant, and for your continuous optimism and encouragement. Wye Yee. Malaysia.

How to Enroll. See how to enroll by clicking on “Enroll Now” at the bottom of the page. to get started, fill out the Participant Application Form.

What Students Think:

"Thank you for all your effort in putting together a great program and all of the program resources. Thank you for everything – for making this possible, for your guidance, and for your continuous optimism and encouragement. I look forward to the opportunity to work with you again in the next session." Wye Yee Yong

"As you know, as a real beginner in designing projects, without your project example templates I could never have written even a single word by myself." Moise

"I wish to extend my heartfelt gratitude for the knowledge addition to our careers and the time you take to correct our assignments. This has opened doors for us to venture into designing our own projects, and I'm very sure we shall never go POOR. You've indeed taught us how to FISH—not provided FISH." Dianah

"This program was absolutely awesome! The course content, instruction, example projects, on-line resources and the most valuable – your timely guidance on the assignments were all perfectly done." Boris

"I'm so excited with the whole experience this training has provided me. The interaction with the community, sharing their lives, their enthusiasm in participating and opening up to me – and with lots of hope in seeing me engage with them." George

"This training program is an absolute cracker. After undertaking the course, I was able to relate and transform community need into a project idea that could attract donor funding. The exercise of transforming goals into a simple logical framework was particularly exhilarating and smooth. It was indeed an eye opener for me." Perry