Adopt a Village | Designing & Funding Projects | Earlybird Discount | Community Based DRR | Lesotho | Fiji | Zambia

December, 2012 CSDi Newsletter
Adopt a Village | Designing & Funding Projects | Earlybird Discount | Community Based DRR | Lesotho | Fiji | Zambia
BECOME THE SOLUTION. Are you a donor, development practitioner, or a student who wants to learn more about “what works” in development? Join students world-wide to design, fund and launch a community based project. Student projects have utilized 215 different kinds of solution-oriented activities to address community need. Scan the list to see which would work best for your project.
Courses begin January 16.  Are you interested in:

Development professionals from 450 organizations in 143 countries have used our online field courses to develop projects impacting over 275,000 people.
Worldwide over 1 billion people suffer from hunger. 2.6 billion people don’t have access to decent sanitation. 1.1 billion people don’t have access to safe drinking water. 1.3 billion people live on $1.25 a day or less.
How can you help reverse this trend? How would you like to connect with a village in a developing nation and provide meaningful support in helping them rise out of the cycle of poverty?

In our online field courses students actually develop real projects with real villages in developing nations. Typical village: 1,000 villagers. Adopt one of these villages by supporting development staff to help them design and launch an impact oriented project. When we match your donation to a student we will send you a their bio and information on the village and  the project. See example of of student projects in the Field Projects section below.
  • Student projects, on average, impact 1,084 individuals
  • $100 provides 2 international front-line staff with scholarships to design, fund, and launch sustainable projects in some of the world’s most remote villages
  • Your donation will help over 2,000 people
  • Meet your international student: We will send a student bio & updates about the village and project
Your $100 donation for 2 scholarships will help 2,000 villagers rise out of the cycle of poverty
Your $50 donation will help 1,000 people in a developing nation by providing one student a scholarship.
Your $25 donation: invest in a 50% share of a scholarship to help 1,000 villagers in a developing nation.
Learn more about the Adopt a Village program, and about staff members that particpate in these courses, the villages they serve, the challenges the villages face, and the solutions that they have developed into projects..
Year-end Goal: 100 Scholarships. CSDi is leveraging impact by providing real-time consulting and training for 100 front-line staff—each working with a community of 1,000 people. 100 scholarships can help reduce suffering and poverty for 100,000 of the world’s poorest people in 2013.
Enroll in an Online Field Course by December 15 and save $25
We are re-introducing our Earlybird Special. Simply follow one of the links below. There will be a $25 per course fee increase on December 16 for 2013 courses. Save $25: enroll by December 15.

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Growth at the Center has been spectacular thanks to you. I’m writing to tell you about a few of our achievements and to show you a few simple ways that you can do to help us grow more.

Designing and Funding Sustainable Develoment Projects

Our online field courses are not only designed to help students develop impact oriented, sustainable projects—they are designed to help students attract donor funding and to learn to improve project management.

Two courses, 101 (traditional development) and 341 (community-based adaptation) introduce you to the concepts of developing projects from the ground up in partnership with the communities that you serve. Use participatory techniques to assess need, discover traditional community coping skills, and research scientifically proven strategies for designing a project. Don’t have a community? No problem. We’ll partner you with someone who does.

Learn to develop management and funding tools. Tim Murungi just received the go-ahead from his NGO in Liberia to begin presenting his course documents to donors this week. Martin Sishekanu in Zambia received funding for his course project this summer. Loraini Sivo in Fiji received $40,000 from the GEF for her course project. Learn more:
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. Become the solution. Full Syllabus
OL 341: Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change

Over 50% of student projects in our original courses worked to solve problems linked with climate change. In response we developed 341tailored to the needs of those of you helping communities adapt to a changing climate. See a full course syllabus.


It is estimated that over 70% of all disasters are now related to extreme weather events. Because of this, disaster risk reduction should become an integral part of adaptation projects. Community based disaster risk reduction holds the same merit that community based adaptation does: ownership and sustainability.

This past year CSDi participated in a number of DRR partner projects worldwide. We are seeing similarities between the projects: disasters caused by extreme weather events, flooding—and a lack of knowledge of effective techniques for disaster risk reduction. The disasters seen in student projects have lead to reduced harvests for smallholder farmers, reduced incomes, reduced food security, the destruction of homes and assets, and the displacement of families.

Follow links to learn more and to download project updates and photos. 
FIJI Loraini Sivo  Wins $40K GEF Grant Award for Project Developed in Online Course
Loraini Sivo (Fiji) and Fatema Rajabali (UK) developed a project with a community of people in a village called Yadua. Read a description of the problem the community members faced based upon participatory needs assessment—and about their solution-oriented project design.
Says Loraini: “The course OL 341 helped me develop a concept for Yadua on a small scale ecosystem-based adaptation climate change project which was then submitted to GEF Small Grants. After a few consultation meetings with GEF, they informed me that they were willing to fund the project.”
Adaptation Through Conservation Agriculture

Chris Enns (Canada), has been working for the past 18 months on a project in the community of Wagete in the Region of Mara, Tanzania. 4,000 community members are suffering from reduced crop yields due to unpredictable weather patterns related to climate change.

Chris decided to launch a farmer soil and water conservation program, and in August led a very comprehensive conservation agriculture workshop. You can link to a report of the workshop complete with detailed photographs of the conservation agriculture techniques they used.

CSDi student Martin Sishekanu wins grant award for course project
Martin Sishekanu (Zambia) and course partner Ursula Flossmann-Kraus (Germany/Philippines) have just completed the third course of the four course diploma program on Community-Based Adaptation To Climate Change. Students develop documents in the courses which are suitable for presentation to donors—and Martin just got the good news that he has received a grant award for an agricultural income generation component of their project. Congratulations Martin!
Follow link to downlioad the outline of the project which they have developed.
Climate Change and Poor Harvests
Mapale Matsela (Lesotho), Tavatya Joseph Madzvamuse (Uganda), and Nana Lupyani (Zambia) have been working for the past two months on a project in Mpharane, Lesotho. 40% of the population live below the poverty line of US $1.25 a day. 1,800 members of four villages in Mpharane are facing poor harvests due to climate change related unpredictable start of rainy season, unusual dry periods, and extreme weather events/floods.
The team developed this project outline to be able to enjoy improved nutrition and year-round food security food security through a climate smart agricultural practices program. Download their full project outline.
ADDITIONAL PROJECTS. To learn about other partner projects in real time, please visit the Adopt a Village page, our Facebook Page and visit the CSDi Development Community to see their regular postings—and join 750 colleagues in sharing resources & collaborating online.
Learn more about design and implementing Community Based Development Projects.
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