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Wednesday
Aug292012

eLearning: Funding Projects | Climate Smart Ag | CBA | DRR | Water Cons | Food Security | Sept. 4

CSDi Fall Academy, 2012
eLearning: Funding Projects | Climate Smart Ag | CBA | DRR | Water Cons | Food Security | Sept. 4

Join us next week on September 4 for an intensive series of online field courses with other students from all over the world.

Online Development Courses: September 4, 2012

Advanced Courses:

Students from over 400 organizations in 135 countries have used these courses to develop projects impacting over 225,000 people.
 
STEP 1. Enroll in the first course of this series:OL 341.

341 Community Based Adaptation 1: Gain an insight into contemporary methods of developing community based, sustainable, impact-oriented projects. Gain practical field tools and develop a range of skills: facilitating participatory needs assessments and DRR assessments, designing projects, and evidence-based activities. Develop a real project in real time.

342 Community Based Adaptation: Planning for Impact. Imbed impact into your adaptation project design with a powerful set of management tools. Log frames, detailed budgets, timelines, compelling fact sheets, M&E plans, outcomes and impact. These tools will communicate to donors and stakeholders exactly what you are trying to accomplish and can be used for effective management of the project once funded.

343 Community Based Adaptation 3: The Community Focus. What does climate change adaptation mean at the community level? What practical tools are available today for communities to use in adaptation and in DRR? Conduct a baseline survey including climate vulnerability, risk assessment, an adaptation capacity analysis, and gain an understanding of local knowledge of a changing climate and of coping strategies. For practitioners who wish to begin working now at the community level to successfully adapt to the challenges that face us.

344 Community Based Adaptation 4: Sustainable Implementation. How do you launch and implement a community based adaptation/DRR project? The importance of community engagement and project co-management. Developing skill sets for your community to use in the adaptation process. Learning tools: monitoring & evaluation. Community empowerment during project hand-over. Sustainability, follow-up & mentoring

303. Food Security, Nutrition and Home Gardens 1: Implement a 12-month family gardening project. Develop a baseline of your community's food security and nutritional levels. Learn about food security, good nutrition, and the garden activities that support them—and then learn how to build a project that puts your community on the path to using their own skills to address their specific needs. Become the Solution.

304. Food Security, Nutrition and Home Gardens 2: How do you care for & maintain a food garden? How do you control pests? What happens if you have desert soil—or a shortage of water? Learn how to combine garden produce with daily staples to prepare nutritious meals that contain vitamins A, C and D. Increase family understanding of kitchen hygiene, cooking, and nutrition—including using delicious nutrition-packed recipes.

332. Water Conservation and Management. Students develop a community-based water use management plan with community members beginning with a participatory mapping of water resources and uses, and then consult with a water management expert to develop a training program in implementing conservation and water harvesting technologies.

333. Climate Smart Agriculture.  Students and their community members will develop a participatory mapping of crop systems, and soil and water resources, and then consult with an expert in soil, water and agriculture to develop a participatory training process for developing a Climate Smart Agricultural Program specific to their local context. The course includes an overview of climate smart agricultural practices complete with downloadable manuals and field guides for each technique.

101. From the Ground Up: Designing & Funding Sustainable Projects.  Develop a Real Project in Real Time. We'll walk you, step-by-step, through a community-based project using proven methods. Learn a range of skills including participatory needs assessments, community capacity building workshops, and evidence-based project design. You will learn strategies from others in the class facing similar challenges. Become the Solution.

102. Project Architecture: Planning for Impact.  Imbed impact into your 101 project design with powerful management tools. LogFrames, detailed budgets, schedules, compelling fact sheets, M&E plans, outcomes & impact. These tools will communicate to donors & stakeholders exactly what your project will accomplish, and lead the effective management of the project once funded.

See a complete course catalogue.

The Courses also Provide the Following Resources:

  • Scholarship opportunities for citizens of developing nations.
  • 300 adaptation field activities.
  • Compilation of 50 full program outlines for use in project design.
  • Manuals & field guides for project activities.
  • Instructors that provide project consulting, suggestions, and encouragement individually for each student's assignment.
  • Access to tools and resources on the Center site.
  • There are no books to buy—all course materials can be linked to, or downloaded from the course site.

Who should participate? Course participants are of all different ages, genders and professions—and have included Northern and Southern staff from INGOs, field staff from in-country NGOs, donors, executive directors, students, scientists, consultants and people who would like to transition into development work.

CSDi Online Courses Capture a True Field Experience
Our online courses use each class assignment as a concrete step in developing a real project within a real community. You will take an assignment into the field and use it as a solution-oriented activity that you do together with community members—thereby finishing one component of the project you are developing in the class. And there you have it: an online field course with tangible, concrete results.

Don't have community access?
No problem: we partner you with a fellow student in a developing nation who does.

Questions? Just write us at Online.Learning@csd-i.org.

Would you like to learn more about what the course environment is like? Just visit these pages:

Student Testimonials

International Partnerships

Learning Environment

Student Field Projects

Example Assignment: Kenya

Student Countries, Organizations, Project Challenges

Be sure to visit the CSDi’s Development Community. Join 700 colleagues in sharing resources & collaborating online.

Like us: CSDi Facebook.

Learn how to develop a community centered, impact oriented project.


The Center for Sustainable Development is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization specializing in providing sound, evidence-based information, tools and training for humanitarian development professionals worldwide.

Wednesday
Aug292012

Final Call—CSDi Online Fall Academy—Adaptation to Climate Change & DRR Diplomas

CSDi Fall Academy, 2012
eLearning: Funding Projects | Climate Smart Ag | CBA | DRR | Water Cons | Food Security | Sept. 4

Join us next week on September 4 for an intensive series of online field courses with other students from all over the world.

Online Development Courses: September 4, 2012

Advanced Courses:

Students from over 400 organizations in 135 countries have used these courses to develop projects impacting over 225,000 people.
 
STEP 1. Enroll in the first course of this series:OL 341.

341 Community Based Adaptation 1: Gain an insight into contemporary methods of developing community based, sustainable, impact-oriented projects. Gain practical field tools and develop a range of skills: facilitating participatory needs assessments and DRR assessments, designing projects, and evidence-based activities. Develop a real project in real time.

342 Community Based Adaptation: Planning for Impact. Imbed impact into your adaptation project design with a powerful set of management tools. Log frames, detailed budgets, timelines, compelling fact sheets, M&E plans, outcomes and impact. These tools will communicate to donors and stakeholders exactly what you are trying to accomplish and can be used for effective management of the project once funded.

343 Community Based Adaptation 3: The Community Focus. What does climate change adaptation mean at the community level? What practical tools are available today for communities to use in adaptation and in DRR? Conduct a baseline survey including climate vulnerability, risk assessment, an adaptation capacity analysis, and gain an understanding of local knowledge of a changing climate and of coping strategies. For practitioners who wish to begin working now at the community level to successfully adapt to the challenges that face us.

344 Community Based Adaptation 4: Sustainable Implementation. How do you launch and implement a community based adaptation/DRR project? The importance of community engagement and project co-management. Developing skill sets for your community to use in the adaptation process. Learning tools: monitoring & evaluation. Community empowerment during project hand-over. Sustainability, follow-up & mentoring

303. Food Security, Nutrition and Home Gardens 1: Implement a 12-month family gardening project. Develop a baseline of your community's food security and nutritional levels. Learn about food security, good nutrition, and the garden activities that support them—and then learn how to build a project that puts your community on the path to using their own skills to address their specific needs. Become the Solution.

304. Food Security, Nutrition and Home Gardens 2: How do you care for & maintain a food garden? How do you control pests? What happens if you have desert soil—or a shortage of water? Learn how to combine garden produce with daily staples to prepare nutritious meals that contain vitamins A, C and D. Increase family understanding of kitchen hygiene, cooking, and nutrition—including using delicious nutrition-packed recipes.

332. Water Conservation and Management. Students develop a community-based water use management plan with community members beginning with a participatory mapping of water resources and uses, and then consult with a water management expert to develop a training program in implementing conservation and water harvesting technologies.

333. Climate Smart Agriculture.  Students and their community members will develop a participatory mapping of crop systems, and soil and water resources, and then consult with an expert in soil, water and agriculture to develop a participatory training process for developing a Climate Smart Agricultural Program specific to their local context. The course includes an overview of climate smart agricultural practices complete with downloadable manuals and field guides for each technique.

101. From the Ground Up: Designing & Funding Sustainable Projects.  Develop a Real Project in Real Time. We'll walk you, step-by-step, through a community-based project using proven methods. Learn a range of skills including participatory needs assessments, community capacity building workshops, and evidence-based project design. You will learn strategies from others in the class facing similar challenges. Become the Solution.

102. Project Architecture: Planning for Impact.  Imbed impact into your 101 project design with powerful management tools. LogFrames, detailed budgets, schedules, compelling fact sheets, M&E plans, outcomes & impact. These tools will communicate to donors & stakeholders exactly what your project will accomplish, and lead the effective management of the project once funded.

See a complete course catalogue.

The Courses also Provide the Following Resources:

  • Scholarship opportunities for citizens of developing nations.
  • 300 adaptation field activities.
  • Compilation of 50 full program outlines for use in project design.
  • Manuals & field guides for project activities.
  • Instructors that provide project consulting, suggestions, and encouragement individually for each student's assignment.
  • Access to tools and resources on the Center site.
  • There are no books to buy—all course materials can be linked to, or downloaded from the course site.

Who should participate? Course participants are of all different ages, genders and professions—and have included Northern and Southern staff from INGOs, field staff from in-country NGOs, donors, executive directors, students, scientists, consultants and people who would like to transition into development work.

CSDi Online Courses Capture a True Field Experience
Our online courses use each class assignment as a concrete step in developing a real project within a real community. You will take an assignment into the field and use it as a solution-oriented activity that you do together with community members—thereby finishing one component of the project you are developing in the class. And there you have it: an online field course with tangible, concrete results.

Don't have community access?
No problem: we partner you with a fellow student in a developing nation who does.

Questions? Just write us at Online.Learning@csd-i.org.

Would you like to learn more about what the course environment is like? Just visit these pages:

Student Testimonials

International Partnerships

Learning Environment

Student Field Projects

Example Assignment: Kenya

Student Countries, Organizations, Project Challenges

Be sure to visit the CSDi’s Development Community. Join 700 colleagues in sharing resources & collaborating online.

Like us: CSDi Facebook.

Learn how to develop a community centered, impact oriented project.


The Center for Sustainable Development is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization specializing in providing sound, evidence-based information, tools and training for humanitarian development professionals worldwide.

Tuesday
Aug282012

Forest & People Centered Adaptation to Climate Change: e-learning Courses Begin September 4

Forests can provide tremendous environmental services to adjacent communities. They help rainwater percolate into soil and groundwater systems that that charge village springs and reduce flooding. Forests provide protection, livelihoods, food and fuel.

Communities don’t always understand the importance of forests, but it is essential for community members to be at the center of any restoration or conservation effort. They need to be involved in the assessment of forest health, the determination of risks and challenges caused by deforestation, in the design of restoration and conservation projects, and in their co-management. This community based approach builds ownership and the long-term stewardship that is necessary for positive impact and sustainability.

Join students from all over the world for an intensive series of courses in Community Based Development that begin September 4, 2012. In these courses students identify local community vulnerabilities, identify risks and hazards, investigate appropriate solutions, develop full projects, launch and manage them.
 
Forest-focused projects developed by course participants have included:
  • watershed reforestation/restoration
  • developing community forest conservation groups
  • village spring protection through tree planting
  • introduction of agroforestry techniques for small scale farmers
  • REDD+ projects
  • forest conservation for ecotourism
  • natural resources management and conservation
Diploma 340: A Module of 4 Courses
In 341 and 342 you will develop projects on the ground, but projects that focus on a community-based approach to development.

OL 343 and 344 you will investigate the special challenges in your adaptation project and refine your project's activities. Build sustainability and impact into your project by fully engaging the community. Learn how to launch, manage and hand-over a project whose impact may not be measured in years, but in decades.

Complete information, course syllabi and course fees can be found at:
http://www.csd-i.org/adapting-overview/

Online course participants are using our courses to develop real, on-the-ground projects with real communities—both individually and through North/South student partnerships. People from 135 different countries and 400 organizations haveused CSDi online courses to develop projects impacting 225,000 people.
 
STEP 1. Enroll in the first course of this series: OL 341.

341 Community Based Adaptation 1: Designing & Funding Community-Based Adaptation Projects.
Gain an insight into contemporary methods of developing community-based, sustainable, impact-oriented projects.

342 Community Based Adaptation: Planning for Impact.
Imbed impact into your adaptation project design with a powerful set of management tools.

343 Community Based Adaptation 3: The Community Focus. Designing & Funding Community-Based Adaptation Projects.
Gain an insight into contemporary methods of developing community-based, sustainable, impact-oriented projects.

344 Community Based Adaptation 4: Sustainable Implementation. How do you launch and implement a community-centered adaptation project?

Learn more about current Forest & CBA field projects, the students, their projects and their communities, by reading our Forest & CBA Newsletter featuring:
1. Bangladesh: Participatory Riparian Forest Management Program
2. Perú: Participatory restoration & conservation of a fragile mangrove ecosystem
3. Agroforestry and Conservation Agriculture for Malawi Food Security
4. Forest Reserve Nigeria: REDD+ | NTFPs | Climate Smart Agroforestry
5. Community Afforestation Program in Bangladesh
6. 300 Hands-On Field Activities for Community Based Adaptation Projects

Questions? Please contact us:
Online.Learning@csd-i.org  

Sincerely,

Tim Magee, Executive Director
Center for Sustainable Development

Be sure to visit CSDi’s Development Community. Join 700 colleagues in sharing resources & collaborating online.

Like us: CSDi Facebook.
Learn more about design and implementing CBA projects.
 
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The Center for Sustainable Development specializes in providing sound, evidence-based information, tools and training for humanitarian development professionals worldwide. CSDi is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.