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.
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:
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:
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:
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- Empower people in your communities to change their lives,
- develop impact-oriented projects from the ground-up,
- use proven methods that produce sustainable results,
- attract donors, and
- collaborate with colleagues from the North and South.
Don’t have community access? No problem: we partner you with a fellow student in a developing nation who does.
OL 341: Climate Change Adaptation
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|
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.
|Course Outline||Climate Change Adaptation: Project Design, Funding, Project Management|
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.
OL 341 Course Syllabus
Climate Change Adaptation
|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.|
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.
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.
Some of the assignments suggest doing them in a community. If impractical for you, partnering with a classmate in the field who does have community access will add depth to your experience.