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Designing & Funding Community Based Projects with Sustainable Solutions
8 weeks. Current dates are in the column to the side.

*From the developing world? Take your $50 scholarship.
4 New Videos provide an introduction to this course. Here is the first video of the four:

The Challenge
Although many NGOs were 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 international development organizations, grassroots organizations and nonprofit staff. 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.
Don't have community access? No problem: we partner you with a fellow student in a developing nation who does.
We are leveraging impact-oriented development: a project developed by one course participant impacts an average of 300 men, women and children.
Development Professionals from 147 countries and 500 different organizations have developed course projects that are impacting over 330,000 people. See a sample assignment and complete project overview from Tanzania.
OL 341: Community Based Adaptation 1
We observed that 50% of student-chosen projects in our courses work to solve problems linked with climate change. In response, three years ago, we developed a diploma program of four courses (Diploma OL 340) tailored to the needs of those of you helping communities adapt to climate change. This course, OL 341, is the first in the series.
Student Projects Become the Solution
For example, student projects have included efforts to help communities in Yemen, Morocco, Tanzania and Afghanistan recover from unprecedented droughts that exhausted their water sourcesand helped communities in Suriname, Kenya, Nepal and Pakistan recover from flooding. The course will lead you through the development of similar real projects, in real time, and leave you with the practical field tools to sustain it.
Online Field Course. Students develop real field projects in the course. See a complete list of over 270 types of project activities students have developed..
Course Outline Designing and Funding Sustainable Adaptation Projects
Course leaders have gained development expertise providing face-to-face consulting services to NGOs 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 adaptation 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.

  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.<

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In the next course of the Diploma series, OL 342: Project Architecture for Adaptation, 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
This 8-week course is $150.00 for citizens of developed nations. Are you from a developing nation? You may qualify for a $50 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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