CSDi OL 341:

Climate Change Adaptation: Project Design, Funding, Project Management

Climate Change Course | Design Adaptation Projects | Project Management Templates

An online field experience to develop real Climate Change Adaptation projects in real communities.

Climate Change Adaptation: Study Online. This is the First Climate Change Course in a Diploma Program of 4, 8-Week Online Courses on Climate Change Adaptation.
Enroll Now in OL 341 Climate Change Adaptation.
Course Schedule: The 8-week course begins again on a monthly basis.
*From the developing world? Take your $50 scholarship.
This video gives an overview of the first two climate change courses in the Diploma Program: 341 and 342.
Advance your Career, Raise Funds and Solve Challenges
This adaptation to climate change course is for donor, non profit and NGO staff—and job-seekers wanting to successfully solve climate change challenges. Participants work on programs such as food security, watershed management, agriculture, the environment, sustainable development and DRR—among others—and decided to enroll in the program because they were:
  • developing skill sets for a better job or for a promotion
  • hoping to improve donor communications and donations
  • wanting to learn to design projects that solve challenges
  • seeking time saving techniques for getting everything done
What Participants Say:
“I just want to take this opportunity to complement you on the practical ideas, knowledge and vast experience that you continue to share with us on each assignment. Many times your examples are the solution of choice for our community. I have been provided with constant support, practical solutions suitable for my project, feedback specific to our project submissions and unwavering encouragement.” Gillian Primus
“Thank you for all your effort in putting together a great program and all of the program resources. Thank you for everything – for making this possible, for your guidance, and for your continuous optimism and encouragement. I look forward to the opportunity to work with you again in the next session.” Wye Yee Yong.
Great Project Design + Extra Funding = Increased Services
The course will lead you in developing a winning, impact oriented project to help you:
  • increase funding for your program services
  • design impact and sustainability into your project
  • boost project impact using evidence-based techniques
  • engage donors with improved communications
Design your own Solution-Oriented Adaptation to Climate Change Project
Attract Donors. The course provides cutting-edge information, tools, time-saving project templates, development case studies, NGO training and expert, project consultancy—and leads you in developing a real project for your organization. We provide real-life adaptation to climate change project examples. You will:
  • use a participatory needs assessment to define community challenges
  • design a solution oriented project using evidence-based activities
  • incorporate initial feedback from the community and a donor
  • organize the project design into a logical framework
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OL 341 Climate Change Course: Online
Detailed Course Information
The Challenge
Although many NGOs have been working to reach the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, 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 climate change courses. CSDi is delivering solutions by providing cutting-edge information, tools and training courses 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 Communities. Our online Climate Change Adaptation courses are for members of nonprofit organizations working in northern countries—and members of international development organizations solving challenges in developing nations. They present an online field experience and lead participants in the process of developing empowered, sustainable communities. Online course participants develop real community projects in real communities.
We are leveraging impact-oriented development: a project developed by one course participant impacts an average of 300 men, women and children.
Development practitioners from 153 countries and 500 different organizations have developed course projects that are impacting over 400,000 people. See a sample assignment and complete project overview from Tanzania.
“Tim. Keep up the good work. I am very grateful for the opportunity I was offered to join the valuable online course six years ago. Due to the assignments related to the course I got in contact with different institutions/NGO’s, communities and individuals. Since then I am involved in more community- based projects, especially with the focus on adaptation to climate change.”
“All the very best and please feel free to contact me if you need any assistance from me.” Usha Satnarain, MSc. Research-Assistant, Programme in Sustainable Management of Natural Resources. Suriname
OL 341: Climate Change Adaptation
Man in desert mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation practices
We observed that 50% of student-chosen projects in our sustainable development courses were working to solve project challenges linked with climate change. In response, we offer a diploma program of four climate change courses (Diploma OL 340) tailored to the needs of those of you helping communities with adaptation to climate change. This course, OL 341, is the first in the series.
Projects Students Develop Projects and Become the Solution
Climate Change Adaptation: Woman in Kenya with Banana tree
For example, student projects have included efforts to help communities in Yemen, Morocco, Tanzania and Afghanistan recover from unprecedented droughts that exhausted their water sources—and helped communities in Suriname, Kenya, Nepal and Pakistan recover from flooding.
Students from 153 countries have developed projects designed to help community members with new climate change related challenges in agriculture, forestry, water management, coral reef preservation and economic migrant job creation.
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 Climate Change Adaptation: Project Design, Funding, Project Management
Climate Change Adaptation: Conservation agriculture - applying fertilizer
Course leaders have gained development expertise managing projects and 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.
  • They will help you conduct a participatory needs assessment in your community,
  • develop a preliminary project concept,
  • conduct research on your project to identify evidence based Climate Change Adaptation activities,
  • refine your community-based project and share it with your community, and
  • share your project concepts with a potential donor. See the full course syllabus.

OL 341 Course Syllabus

Climate Change Adaptation

Climate Change Adaptation practical field tools You will leave this course with practical field tools and develop a range of skills: needs assessments, community workshops, and discovering evidence-based adaptation activities. The course is designed to be used as a vehicle for you to develop a real Climate Change Adaptation project, in real time, during this course.

Course Syllabus

Week 1. Learn to navigate the course website and download the week’s documents.

Week 2 & 3. Read the document on participatory needs assessments and conduct an assessment with community members to uncover a real challenge. List the needs identified and determine which could be linked to climate change. Organize them into a clearly described challenge—a development challenge that you are going to solve with your project design.

Week 4. We will clarify your project’s challenge, develop a theory of how you plan to solve it, and research 3 Climate Change Adaptation intervention activities that would fulfill the premise of your theory.

Week 5. Research one peer-reviewed paper for each of the three Climate Change Adaptation activities and see if scientists have found evidence that they are effective in solving your project’s challenge. Write a one paragraph summary of the papers’ findings.

Week 6. Share your proposed project concept locally with climate change colleagues to gain feedback and constructive criticism.

Return to the community with your project concept and get their feedback and hopeful buy-in.
Pick one of your evidence-based activities and write a simple one page guide on how a field staff person could implement it.

Week 7. Write a workshop lesson plan for introducing this activity into a community.

Week 8. Share your project with someone that you would like to sell it to: a donor, your boss, your professor, someone specialized in climate change for feedback.

Lay out your challenge, proposed solution—and the activities that you will implement in launching the project—into a simple matrix that I will supply. This will prepare you for the next course: OL 342 where you will transform your project into something that can formally be presented for funding.

In Summary
OL 341 will give you an insight into contemporary methods of developing community based, impact-oriented Climate Change Adaptation projects. You will leave the course with practical field tools and develop a range of skills: needs assessments, project design, community workshops, and discovering evidence-based activities. The course is designed to be used as a vehicle for you to develop a real project, in real time, during this course.

Enroll now in OL 341 Climate Change Adaptation

The online course will be led by Tim Magee, CSDi’s Executive Director, who has over 30 years experience in both working with NGOs and nonprofits—and in leading training workshops. Mr. Magee is the author of A Field Guide to Community Based Adaptations published by Routledge, Oxford, England. Read the introduction here.
Climate Change Adaptation and food security in India
  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.
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.
In the next course of the Diploma series, OL 342: Project Architecture, you will transform your project with the real management tools of logframes, project budgets, a monitoring and evaluation plan, and fact sheets (letter of inquiry) into a project ready to formally present to a donor. Your project budget will be transformed into a matching, detailed schedule. We provide example climate change solutions to adapt for your own project concept.
Certificate Program. 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.
Enroll now in OL 341 Climate Change Adaptation