January’s 32 Top Resources: Climate Change & Finance | Adaptation | REDD+ | Gender | Agriculture | Livelihood

January’s 32 Top Resources: Climate Change & Finance | Adaptation | REDD+ | Gender | Agriculture | Livelihood

Special January Newsletter on the Best New Resources for Adaptation, Development, Sustainability and Nonprofit Programs

We have so many excellent resources come through CSDi that we periodically compile them and share them in an occasional, special newsletter.

Please note: web addresses change frequently – if one doesn’t work simply type the resource title into your browser.

Winter Quarter Final Call
February 3 – Project Design, Funding and Management for:
Nonprofits | International Development | Climate Change | Nutrition | Agriculture | Water Management
100 Projects: 3 Year Summary Of Partner Field Projects
Center for Sustainable Development
Become a CSDi Field Partner: New Field Partner Program
Center for Sustainable Development
Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Training Kit
Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) Sustainable Development Evaluation Tool
September 2014
Update of the FAOSTAT Emissions database for Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use
Senegal Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Options Analysis
David Miller, Michael Wasson; Sylvia Trazska; Sara-Katherine Coxon, Ayesha Dinshaw, and Heather McGray; Sandra Baptista; Alfonso del Rio; Leif Brottem; Tim Finan; Mamadou Baro; and Henri Mathieu Lo.
October 2014
Implementing the EU 2030 Climate and Energy Framework – A Closer Look at Renewables and Opportunities for an Energy Union
Anne Held, Mario Ragwitz; Gustav Resch, Lukas Liebmann; Fabio Genoese
January 2015
What does the Lima Call for Climate Action mean for Africa?
Richard Munang and Robert Mgendi
January 2015
Shifting Paradigms – Unpacking Transformation for Climate Action: A Guidebook for Climate Finance and Development Practitioners
Timon Wehnert
Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy
Going in the right direction? Tracking adaptation finance at the subnational level
Emily Wilkinson, Alice Caravani, Nella Canales Trujillo, Smita Nakhooda et al
December 2014
Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation into Development Planning
Mozaharul Alam
November 2014
Approaches to Assessment of Impacts and Vulnerability to Climate Change and Adaptation Options
Roberto Pedro Sandoval and Hideki Kanamaru Alam
November 2014
Community Based Adaptation: an empowering approach for climate resilient development and risk reduction
Timon Wehnert
November 2014
Investment in Climate Change Adaptation can Help Promote the Livelihoods of 65% of Africans, finds new report
Local approaches to harmonising climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction policies: Lessons from India
June 2014
Open Access Course on Mangrove Ecosystems
UN University Institute for Water, Environment and Health and The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
May 2014
Agri-Journalist Seeking Stories for Spore Magazine
Contact James Karuga
My name is James Karuga a climate change and agriculture journalist for Spore Magazine spore.cta.int published by CTA Netherlands.
I get Your newsletter regularly and read you got projects even in Pacific islands. At Spore Magazine we lack sufficient stories from such regions.
Hence my request to You. Would you from time to time be connecting me to Program Officers in those regions I be covering projects in those regions./div>

James Karuga
Coping With Heat in the Garden: Drought-Tolerant Crops, Resilient Perennials and More
Gary Paul Nabhan
Mother Earth News
July 2014
Seven Climate-Smart Agriculture Country Profiles
October 2014
Home Gardening for Improved Livelihoods in Nepal
Mahesh Shrestha
June 2014
An African’s Message for America
Cassandra Herrman
New York Times
January 2015/div>

Beyond Downscaling: A Bottom-Up Approach to Climate Adaptation for Water Resources Management.
García, L.E., J.H. Matthews, D.J. Rodriguez, M. Wijnen, K.N. DiFrancesco, P. Ray.
The Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA)
A practical guide for actor focused Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation
Jan Van Ongevalle, Huib Huyse
Gender and Climate Change Adaptation in Agrarian Settings
Edward R. Carr and Mary C. Thompson
October 2014
How can we improve women’s health and save more than 14m children from dying before 2030?
Dara Lee Luca et al.
Copenhagen Consensus Center
December 2014
Gender and Food Security Pack
Georgina Aboud
January 2015
10. DRR
Recommendations pre-zero-draft post-2015 framework on DRR
Wetlands International
September 2014
A Multicountry Assessment of Tropical Resource Monitoring by Local Communities.
Finn Danielsen, et. al.
BioScience 64: 236251 (2014)
November 2014
Counting What Counts: Using Local Knowledge to Improve Arctic Resource Management.
Finn Danielsen, et. al.
Geography 37: 6991 (2014)
November 2014
Meant to Keep Malaria Out, Mosquito Nets Are Used to Haul Fish In
New York Times
January 2015
13. Non Profit Social Programs
Social Programs That Work.
New York Times
December 2014

CSDi Winter Quarter Final Call: Training programs begin February 3.
Become the Solution. 18 distance training programs starting over the next 2 weeks. Learn more about becoming part of the solution to the challenges faced by nonprofits and NGOs.
“Tim Magee, and his colleagues at CSDi, are to be commended for producing a change in the way development is practiced, and so directly contribute to the improvement of millions of lives around the world.”

Howard White
Executive Director, 3ie

Distance Programs in English & Español
February 3, 2015 Distance Training Begins February 3.  Haga click aquí para Cursos en Español.

Specialized Training
Fine Tune your Projects with this Powerful array of Specialized Training Programs

We look forward to working with you in our training programs.
Tim Magee, Executive Director
Tim Magee is the author of A Field Guide to Community Based Adaptation published by Routledge, Oxford, England.
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1st Results 2015 Non Profit Trends


First, Preliminary Survey Results: Analysis & Solutions

First, thanks to all of you who filled out the survey: “2015 Non Profit Trends” You can see a summary of the the preliminary results just below. We want your opinion too!. Please take the survey—there is still time.

The idea of the survey was to help me update our non-profit training program—Version 2.0 is set to launch in January—and I wanted to make sure that it best addresses your needs. Version 2 will be available in a Distance Learning format and through my 1:1 Six Month Mentoring Program.

Analysis of the Survey

Survey participants are able to check as few or as many boxes in the survey as they deemed appropriate. By focusing on items that more than 50% of respondents felt were important—I arrived at the following analysis.

Respondents chiefly had four overarching areas of concern where they felt they needed the most help:

  1. not knowing how to design a project that will solve challenges faced by their constituents
  2. not being able to find the funding to accomplish project goals
  3. having their project stall during implementation
  4. a concern of evaluating a project to find that project objectives had not been met

Interactive Graphic: Survey Analysis & Solutions

Design a project that:

  • fulfills your mission
  • fulfills real community need
  • is attractive to donors
  • is manageable
  • has a monitoring and evaluation plan
  • has plan for continuation at grant’s end

Over the next three weeks I will share with you how you can incorporate these solutions in a step-by-step fashion into the process of project design, funding, and implementation.

Tim Magee

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