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Sustainable Development Student Projects: The Best 100 Field Projects

The Best 100 Sustainable Development Student Projects

10 YEARS OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT STUDENT PROJECTS

Become the Solution: CSDi Partner Sustainable Development Projects Have Helped over 400,000 People

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Just below, please find the compilation of 50 special newsletters that feature 100 real sustainable development projects in real communities. By following the links you can read about the background of each of the sustainable development projects and the people behind them.

Students working from 44 countries developed the following 100 sustainable development projects:
Abkhazia, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Colombia, Ethiopia, Fiji, Germany, Grenada, Guatemala, Iran, Italy, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritius, Mexico, Mozambique, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Perú, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Romania, South Sudan, Spain, St. Lucia, Suriname, Tanzania, The Netherlands, Timor Leste, Uganda, UK, US, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Our 100 Best Student Sustainable Development Projects from Our Field Project Library:

Field Projects Special Issue—Community Based Water Management
• Mali
• Zimbabwe
• Peru
• Tanzania
Special CBA Field Projects Issue
• Mali
• Abkhazia
• Iran
• Ethiopia
Field Projects Special Issue: Adaptation | Islands | Water | Forests
• Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change News: CBA
• Forests and Climate Change News
• Water and Climate Change News
• Islands and Climate Change News
Adopt a Village—download project highlights at bottom of web page
• Field Partners
• Village Countries
• Lesotho
• HIV & Home Gardens
Capturing Compelling Stories from the Field
• Compelling Stories: What are they? & Examples of compelling story lines
• Meeting Storytellers During Site Visits
• Helping Field Staff provide compelling information
• Children’s Health
Papua New Guinea | Poverty | Health | Malnourishment
• Challenges
• Underlying Causes
• Negative Impacts
• Adaptation to CC
Special Issue: Climate Smart Agriculture
• South Sudan
• Kilimanjaro
• Soil Stewardship
• CBA Resources
Capturing Compelling Photos from the Field
• Compelling Photos: What are they?
• Collecting Photos During Site Visits
• Capturing Photographic Images
• Candid Shots
Vietnam: Teo Do’s NGO has built a CBA demonstration farming model
• Vietnam Temperature Trends
• Participatory Seasonal Calendar
• Community-Based Adaptation
• Rehabilitation of Mangrove Forests
CBA Climate Change Field Projects
• South Sudan
• Suriname
• H2O Field Guide
• Pakistan
South Sudan: Environmentally Sound Agriculture
• Stored Staples
• Water Pump
• Staples
• Seeds
CBA Climate Change Field Projects
• Grenada
• Kenya
• DRR Field Guide
• CBA Resources
Kenya: Climate Smart Agriculture
• Vulnerability Matrix
• Farmer Extension
• Napier Grass
• Mulching
Grenada: Climate Smart Agriculture Training Workshop
• Soil Conservation
• Water Conservation
• Drought and Flooding
• Raised Beds
CSDi Water Field Projects
• Water from Rocks
• 1,000 H2O Solutions
• Uganda
• Nigeria
Climate Smart Agriculture
• GEF Grant
• Fiji
• St. Lucia
• Mozambique
Adaptation through Conservation Agriculture
• Farmer Soil and Water Conservation
• Tanzania
• Conservation Agriculture
• Downloads
Adaptation, Agriculture and Livelihoods
• Advocacy
• Market Development
• St. Lucia
• Needs Assessment
Mozambique: Finding Climate Smart Agricultural Solutions to Famine
• Chronic Famine
• High mortality rate among children
• Health and Hygiene Program
• Advocacy program for Government or NGO Health Centre
Kingdom of Lesotho: Climate Change Related Poor Harvests
• Chronic Under Nutrition
• Animal Husbandry
• Climate Smart Agriculture
• Food security, food diversity and home gardening survey
Drought and Flooding: Dual Challenges on the Island of Grenada
• Climate change, extreme weather & unpredictable rainy season have reduced crop harvests
• Farmer Soil Conservation and Water Conservation and Management Program
• Unpredictable/late start to rainy season have reduced crop harvests
• Farmer Extension Program
Loraini Sivo, Fiji Wins $40,000 GEF Grant for Project Developed in Online Course
• Increasing erosion of shoreline caused by increase wave actions
• Mangrove nursery
• Ecosystem based adaptation program
• Habitat restoration
Participatory Community Afforestation Adaptation Program in Bangladesh
• Participatory Mapping
• Flood
• Sustainable Agriculture
• Riparian/riverbanks reforestation and soil stabilization, dike construction and rehabilitation
Bangladesh: Participatory Riparian Forest Management Program
• Participatory forest management committee formation
• Assessment of appropriate species for planting and locations for planting
• Development of Participatory Forest Management Plan
• Establish tree-seedling nursery
Agroforestry and Conservation Agriculture for Malawi Food Security
• Sustainable: mono culture maize?
• Declining soil fertility and lack of income generation opportunities
• Agroforestry Income Generation Program
• Conservation Agriculture
Perú: Participatory Restoration & conservation of a fragile mangrove ecosystem
• Increasingly stressed mangrove ecosystem
• variable weather patterns and rising sea levels
• Mangrove protection Program
• Solid waste management Program
Forest Reserve Nigeria: REDD+ | NTFP | Climate Smart Agroforestry
• Afi Forest Reserve & Wildlife Sanctuary
• A village in the center of a forest reserve
• High unemployment rate
• NTFP Skills and Microenterprise Program
Forest & People Centered Adaptation Case Study Compilation
• Bangladesh – Riparian Forest Management
• Peru – Mangrove Restoration
• Malawi – Agroforestry
• Nigeria – REDD+
Africa SD News: Tanzania | Zambia | Kenya | Nigeria | Indigenous Knowledge
• Risk & Vulnerability in a Remote Tanzanian Village
• Do you think that local/indigenous knowledge should be incorporated into Adaptation projects?
• CSDi student Martin Sishekanu wins grant award for course project
• Martha Njoroge’s home garden program for HIV+ children in Kenya
Chris Enns’ Community Takes Over Project in Tanzania
• New school dormitory
• Farmer soil and water conservation program
• Village agriculture officer sharing about new cassava crops
• Healthcare component
CSDi students face critical danger in the communities where they work
• Gidan Gyarai, Northern Nigeria
• Deforestation
• Food security
• Climate change related reduction in surface water
Martha Njoroge develops a home garden program for HIV+ children in Kenya
• HIV/AIDS an Sexual Health Education Program
• Advocacy Program with Guardians and Health Care Providers
• Family Garden and Nutrition Program
• Farmer Soil and Water Conservation and Management Program
CSDi student Martin Sishekanu wins grant award for course project
• Agricultural Income Generation Program
• Developing a Village Agricultural Committee
• Animal Husbandry Program
• Land-Use Management Plan
Adaptation Field Guide Issue
• CBA Field Guides
• Participatory Mapping for Soil and Water Resources
• Developing a Community-Based Disaster Risk Reduction Plan
• Diversifying Livelihoods
CSDi Water News | Ethiopia | Uganda | Nigeria | New: 50 Field Programs | 1,000 H20 Solutions
• Ethiopia | Water/Nutrition/HIV | Drip Irrigation | Urban Agriculture | Grey Water
• Southern Uganda | Water Scarcity | Drought | Water Management | Participatory Mapping
• Nigeria | Vulnerabilities | Irrigation | Coping Strategies | Drought
• Water from Rocks
CBA Climate Change News | Vulnerability-Nigeria | Climate Smart Ag.| 50 CBA Programs | Food Security-Ethiopia
• 7 Years of extreme weather in Grenada increases malnutrition & poverty
• Yadua Village, Fiji: 200 people are suffering climate change induced rising sea levels
• Ethiopia | Food/HIV | Food Security | Urban Gardening | Income Generation
• British Virgin Islands: Climate change heavy rains degrade coastal water quality & impact local economy
Ethiopia | Food/HIV | Food Security | Urban Gardening | Income Generation | Micro Savings
• Woman Vote During Needs Assessment Process
• Alternative income generation program
• Capital, savings, and micro-credit program
• Disaster risk reduction program
Nigeria | Vulnerabilities | Irrigation | Coping Strategies | Drought
• Water use management plan
• Farmer soil and water program
• Family garden and nutrition program
• Agricultural income generation program
Ethiopia | Water/Nutrition/HIV | Drip Irrigation | Urban Agriculture | Gray Water
• Water use management plan
• Climate smart agricultural practices program
• Family garden and nutrition program
• Community youth activity program
Southern Uganda | Water Scarcity | Drought | Water Management Plan | Coping Strategies
• Water use management plan
• Extreme drought is reducing crop yields and negatively impacting livestock
• Improved Agricultural Practices Program
• Mulching
One Billion Hungry People: Can Home Garden Gardens be a Solution?
• Project of the Month:  Food Security through a Farmer Field School and Home Gardens in Kenya
• Victory Gardens in England: See photos and lists of vegetables grown in an English garden.
• Raised bed workshop
• Resources for Nutrition and Home Gardening Projects
Field Projects Special Issue: Adaptation | Islands | Water | Forests
• Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change News: CBA
• Forests and Climate Change News
• Water and Climate Change News
• Islands and Climate Change News
SIDS & Climate Change News | Fiji Mangroves & Reefs | Grenada Water Cons. | BVI Flood Resilience
• Climate change related drought plagues island farmers on Timor Leste
• Wet and Dry in Mauritius
• A Water Management Program: Will It Help Mauritian Farmers Adapt to Climate Change
• Mindanao Island: reduced fish catch due to climate variability
SIDS & Forest & Climate Change News | Bangladesh | Perú | Malawi | Nigeria
• Bangladesh: Participatory Riparian Forest Management Program
• Perú: Participatory restoration & conservation of a fragile mangrove ecosystem
• Agroforestry and Conservation Agriculture for Malawi Food Security
• Forest Reserve Nigeria: REDD+ | NTFPs | Climate Smart Agroforestry
Water & Climate Change News | Rainwater Harvesting Mexico | Kenyan Villagers: 4% of Water of Canadians | Tanzania Drought & Flood
• Families in Kenyan Village Have 4% of the Water as do Canadian Families
• 36% Water Shortage in Mexico City: Rainwater Harvesting Solution
• Drought & Flood in Remote Tanzanian Village
• Wet and Dry in Mauritius: film by Matt Gray
CBA Climate Change News | 300 CBA Actions | Vulnerability-Tanzania | Risk Maps Mauritius | Farmers-Guatemala
• Is Climate Change Affecting Farmers in Your Country? It is in Guatemala.
• Climate Change Risk & Vulnerability in a Remote Tanzanian Village
• Participatory Mapping. Will It Help Mauritian Farmers Adapt to Climate Change Hazards?
• 300 Hands-On Field Activities for Community Based Adaptation Projects: Updated
Climate Change Risk & Vulnerability in a Remote Tanzanian Village
• Resources
• Hazards in their Community
• A Seasonal Calendar
• Drought and Flood
Participatory Mapping. Will It Help Mauritian Farmers Adapt to Climate Change Hazards?
• Participatory Mapping
• Farmer’s adaptation strategies
• Near-term outcomes for the project
• Long-term impacts of the project
Is Climate Change Affecting Farmers in Your Country? It is in Guatemala.
• Climate Change reducing profits
• Two Major Hurricanes in 4 Years
• Adaptation to Climate Change
• Restoration, Soil Conservation & Water Management

You can design one too! Develop your own impact-oriented sustainable development projects.

How to Enroll in One of Our Hands-on Sustainable Development Projects Training Courses. Enroll Now in OL 101: Designing and Funding Sustainable Development Projects.

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New eBook. 1st Four Best Steps to Design & Fund Programs

Launch of complementary eBook on the first four steps in project design and funding.
Today, I’m launching a new, complementary, 50 page eBook: Four Powerful 1st Steps in Designing & Funding Non Profit Projects. Use it to:
  • Advance your Career, Raise Funds and Solve Non Profit Challenges
  • Design your Own Solution-Oriented Project & Attract Donors
  • Great Project Design = Extra Funding + Increased Services
Get your complementary copy of the book by filling out the subscription form at the bottom of this page.
 

Possibly, right now you are beginning the design of a project or program, and developing a plan for funding it.

The eBook is a compilation of four powerful techniques that will get you started.

The twelve chapters in the book provide background information and step-by-step, hands-on instructions for using these techniques.

Each section allows you to download a series of editable templates that you can use to really speed up your project development process.

Section 1. How to Conduct a Community Needs Assessment. In this section we look at how facilitating a needs assessment with your community can lead to a better understanding of needs and their underlying causes.

The example in this section is for a very simple needs assessment conducted by a food bank in Southern California. They used a participatory assessment technique called the Ten Seed Technique.

Section 2. How to Design your Project Incorporating the Results of your Needs Assessment. In this section, we look for solution oriented activities for designing programs to solve the problems uncovered during the needs assessment.

First, in this Section 2 example, we look for solution-oriented activities to each of the problems prioritized in Section 1. Our search will uncover articles, handbooks and manuals focused on your community’s challenges.

Section 3. Don’t you want your project to work? Evidence based solutions are the key. Suppose that you are a mother whose children are suffering, and an unknown organization came to you with a plan to help your children. Wouldn’t you want that plan to work?

This section is for determining through scientific research if your initial activity ideas have shown evidence of having worked to solve your community’s needs and challenges. We’re looking for evidence based best practices. We provide simple instructions for finding scientific studies online.

Section 4. Fast Logframe for Project Funding & Management. In this section we’re going to take your problem statement, project outline and goal statement developed in the first three sections, and place them in a simplified matrix: this is the first step in building a logical framework.

This will only take 30 minutes to do, but it will make your project more presentable to a donor—and also much easier to develop management documents like budgets and schedules.

Get your complementary copy of the book by filling out the subscription form at the bottom of this page.
 

In Summary
Facilitating a needs assessment with community members gets right to the underlying causes of the challenges they face—and develops a sense of ownership on their part.
 
Including solution oriented activities that have shown scientific evidence of having worked on projects similar to your project, will give you a greater likelihood of success and sustainability once the project is launched.
 
Using my fast log frame template will quickly get you speaking the language that donors speak—and will set you up for developing budgets, schedules, and monitoring and evaluation plans. These in turn increase your chances of receiving donations and successes in managing sustainable, impact oriented projects.

Please note: These four techniques are part of the process for developing a project design in a course I teach called OL 101: Designing and Funding International Development Projects. The first two assignments in 101 include detailed instructions for conducting a live needs assessment, an example of a completed assessment, and a project concept based upon the results. The third assignment leads you through the process of finding evidence based best practices. The fourth assignment provides simple steps to developing a logframe and presenting it to a donor.

Designing & Funding International Development Projects begins every month.

Sincerely,

Tim Magee

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