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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.
Development Professionals from 149 countries have developed course projects that are impacting over 360,000 people. See a sample assignment from Kenya.
 

Courses are offered every two months. Current offering dates are in the column to the left. To enroll, simply click on the course links below.

 
Adaptation Diploma Program
Adapting to Climate Change
 
A Module of 4 Courses.
 
Over 40% student chosen projects in our courses work to solve problems linked to climate change. This four-course module will lead you into developing projects on-the-ground that focus on community-based adaptation to climate change. For practitioners who wish to begin working now at the community level to successfully adapt to the challenges that face us.
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.
 
Introductory Courses
Build a World-Class Project
 
Designing & Funding Sustainable, Community Based International Projects
 
From the Ground Up comes in two tracks: Northern Nonprofit and International Development.
 
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 and evidence-based project design. You will learn strategies from others in the class facing similar challenges. Become the Solution.
 
Don't have community access? No problem: we partner you with a fellow student in a developing nation who does. >
 
Designing & Funding Nonprofit Projects in Developed Nations
If you work with a nonprofit in a northern country working on programs such as food banks, animal welfare, teen drop-in centers, homeless shelters, day care centers, arts & culture, education, health, human services, community development, or environmental restoration this course will help you develop a sustainable, impact oriented, local project.
 
Planning for Impact
Imbed impact into your 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.
 
Special Diploma Program
Integrated CBA, DRR, & Rural Development
 
A Module of 8 Courses.
This diploma program of online field courses integrates community-based adaptation to climate change, disaster risk reduction, and rural development. To earn a diploma simply complete four foundation courses, then select four elective courses from a variety of electives to tailor the diploma program to meet your needs and interests. The program will provide you with the job skills, tools, and methods to both meet today's challenges and to take on new professional positions in adaptation, DRR and development.
 
Advanced Courses
Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds
 
Implement a 12-month family gardening project. 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 a Solution.
 
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.
 
Soil, Water and Agriculture
 
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. Full Syllabus
 
Students and 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 implementing a Climate Smart Agricultural Program specific to their local context. Full syllabus
 
Students analyze disaster related risks and facilitate the development of a community-based DRR committee for developing a DRR plan that includes DRR consciousness raising, an early warning system, organizing specialized DRR teams, and a risk reduction and mitigation workshop for community members.  Full syllabus
 
Blended Online/Live Workshop Training Programs
Designing & Funding Sustainable, Community Based Projects
 
The training programs are available in 3 specialized tracks:
 
This is a blended learning experience. During the month prior to a five day live workshop, guided by CSDi staff, you will conduct needs assessments with a local community—in the country where you work—in preparation for the workshop. These will become the basis of your project.
 
Arriving in Guatemala, 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.
 

CSDi Online Courses Capture a True Field Experience
Are you a donor, a development practitioner, in a job transition, or a student who wants to learn more about what works in designing impact-oriented projects?

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.