|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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
• 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.
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
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.
- 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.
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 years—consequently 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.
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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