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OL 101 FROM THE GROUND UP FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Designing & Funding Community Based Projects with Sustainable Solutions
8 weeks. Current dates are in the column to the right.

*From the developing world? Take your $50 scholarship.
OL 101 comes in two tracks: Northern Nonprofit and International Development.
 
The Challenge
Although many NGOs are working to reach the UN’s Millennium Development Goals by 2015, we still have over 1 billion people suffering from hunger, a lack of safe drinking water, and extreme poverty.
 
An important underlying cause of these challenges is that development effectiveness can be limited by in-country field staff’s poor access to mission-critical information and training. CSDi is delivering solutions by providing sound information, tools and training for development staff worldwide.
 
Become the Solution
  1. Empower people in your communities to change their lives,
  2. develop impact-oriented projects from the ground-up,
  3. use proven methods that produce sustainable results,
  4. attract donors, and
  5. collaborate with colleagues from the North and South.
Real Projects in Real Villages. Our online courses are for staff from international development organizations, grassroots organizations, nonprofit organizations—and individuals interested in the nonprofit world. They present an online field experience and lead participants in the process of developing empowered, sustainable communities. Online course participants learn to develop real projects in real villages.
 
Optional Blended Learning Program. You are welcome to take this course as a component of a 2 Month Training Program which includes a 5 day workshop in Guatemala beginning in September.  Each program participant develops their own project with the full support and guidance of CSDi workshop leaders. Follow the link to get the full details—or contact us directly.
 
Development practitioners from 151 countries and 500 different organizations have developed course projects that are impacting over 400,000 people. See a sample assignment and complete project overview from Tanzania.
 
Overview
OL 101: From the Ground Up
The course will lead you through the development of a real project, in real time, and leave you with the practical field tools to sustain it.
 
We are committed to results-based development and sustainability. You will learn to incorporate community-identified need into the design of your project and research project activities that have shown evidence of having worked at solving challenges..
Student Projects Become the Solution
For example, student projects have included efforts to help communities in Europe and North America with community development projectsand communities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America that face the challenges of drought, hunger and poverty. The course will lead you through the development of similar real projects, in real time, in your own country.
 
Online Field Course. Students develop real field projects in the course. See a complete list of over 270 types of projects that students have developed.
Course Outline Designing and Funding Sustainable Development Projects
Course leaders have gained their development expertise providing face-to-face consulting services to NGOs & nonprofits in the field and will also provide you with personalized consulting to ensure your project has a solid beginning.
  1. They will help you conduct a participatory needs assessment in your community,
  2. develop a preliminary project concept,
  3. conduct research on your project to identify evidence based development activities,
4. refine your community-based project and share it with your community, and
5. share your project concept with a potential donor. See the full course syllabus.
 
The online course 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.
Requirements
  1. You will only need to have functional knowledge of Word, Excel, email and the Internet.
  2. A 2-to-3 hour per week time investment.
  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.
 
How to Enroll. See how to enroll by clicking on “Enroll Now” at the bottom of the page.
 
Last, fill out the Student Enrollment Form to complete enrollment.
 

OL 101/201 comes in two tracks: A Northern Nonprofit and an International Development track.

You can choose to work on a project in a developed nation (Northern Nonprofit) or a project in a developing nation (International Development) no matter where you live. It's your choice! You can work locally in your own backyard or if you would prefer we can partner you with a classmate from another part of the world.

Northern Nonprofit Track. If you work with a nonprofit in a northern country working on traditional programs such as food banks, animal rescue, teen drop-in centers, homeless shelters, day care centers, community development, environmental conservation—this track will help you develop an impact oriented local project.

International Development Track: If your interests are working with communities in developing nations on projects as diverse as food security, water, health, income generation or education—this track is for you. We've worked with course participants from 147 different countries who've worked on 270 different kinds of projects.

If you're from a northern country and would prefer to work on international project, but don't have contact with a developing nation community—don't worry—enroll in the International Development track and we will we will partner you with a classmate from a developing nation who does have community access—and you can develop a project together. Read more about student partnerships.

Read more about where developing nations students have come from and the projects that they have worked on.

If you are from a northern country and would like to partner on a northern nonprofit project—we will do that too!

All that you need to do to enroll in a northern or international track is to indicate your preference on the student information form—and the course facilitator will take care of the rest.

What Students Think About the Online Courses

In the next course, OL 102/202: Project Architecture: Planning for Impact, you will transform your project with the real management tools of logframes, budgets, and fact sheets into a project ready to formally present to a donor.

Certificate. Course participants who successfully complete the course on time will receive a course certificate. Learn more. Your certificate will be e-mailed within 30 days of the end of your course.

Developed Nation Course Fees
The 8-week course is $150.00 for citizens of developed nations. Are you from a developing nation? You may qualify for a $75 Scholarship.

If you have a question don't hesitate to contact us at: Online.Learning@csd-i.org. Many questions are answered on our Online Learning FAQ.

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