OL 341: Climate Change Adaptation: Design, Fund & Manage Projects

Earn a Community Based Adaptation Certificate While Running a Real Project in a Real Community.

Answers to Global Warming: Get field experience solving challenges caused by global warming: Enroll in these climate change courses and learn to develop real climate change adaptation projects in real communities: Our climate change courses are instructor led & are for organizations in both Northern & Southern countries. Enroll now!

Climate Change Adaptation: This is the first of 4 Climate Change Courses in a Diploma Program on global warming challenges.
An 8-Week Climate Change Course.
Courses begin the first Monday of each month. Enroll Now!
Enroll Now in OL 341 Climate Change Adaptation.
This training program includes a complimentary PDF eBook of the course textbook: ‘A Field Guide to Community-Based Adaptation‘ (a $37.67 value) by Tim Magee, Routledge, Oxford, England.
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
These adaptation to climate change courses are for donor, non profit and NGO staff—and job-seekers wanting to successfully solve challenges caused by global warming. Participants work on programs such as food security, watershed management, agriculture, the environment, sustainable development and DRR—among others. Learn Community Based Adaptation project design by:
  • Clearly defining the community and the overall challenge.
  • Conducting a participatory needs assessment.
  • Developing a theory of how to solve the challenge.
  • Embedding sustainability using evidence-based solutions.
  • Developing a detailed project outline & logframe.
  • Sharing your project with a donor for feedback.
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.
Links for this page with complete, detailed information on this global warming course:
Detailed Program and Course Information
Great Project Design + Extra Funding = Increased Services
Design your next project to increase project funding & impact. The course will lead you in developing a winning, impact oriented project while learning to:
  • Become your NGO’s go-to solution for global warming challenges.
  • Engage donors with improved communications.
  • Enjoy increased funding for your programs.
  • Develop skill sets for a better job.
  • Standout in an interview for a new job in the development world.
  • Use time saving techniques to get more done: less time—less stress.
  • Develop projects that solve challenges sustainably.
  • Boost project successes using evidence-based solutions.
  • Begin using climate change adaptation project management techniques.
Design Climate Change Adaptation Projects & Attract Donors
The course provides cutting-edge information, tools, time-saving templates, training and expert consultancy—and leads you in developing a real project for your NGO. We provide real-life global warming project examples. Program highlights include:
  • Affordable training.
  • Interactive instructors.
  • On-the-job training.
  • Flexible course schedule.
  • Learning project design for project management.
  • Learning how to run real projects.
  • Gaining climate adaptation field experience.
  • Developing documentation for a climate change adaptation grant.
  • 9 years: 4000 students, 500 organizations.
  • 153 student countries.
Methodology Climate Change Adaptation: Design, Fund & Manage Projects
Women in Bangladesh participating in Climate Change Courses.
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. We are committed to achieving results-based sustainable development goals. For long-term sustainability you will learn to incorporate community identified need into the design of your project and research project activities that have shown evidence of having worked at solving challenges.
Real Projects Become your NGO’s Global Warming Solution
Woman in Kenya with Bananas participating in a Climate Change Courses project: Project Design, Funding, Project Management
For example, student projects have included efforts to help communities in the Yemen, Morocco, Tanzania and Afghanistan recover from challenges caused by global warming: unprecedented droughts that exhausted their water resources—and help communities in Suriname, Kenya, Nepal and Pakistan recover from flooding. The course will lead you through the development of similar real projects, in real time, in your own country.
Online Field Course. Students develop real field projects in the course. See a complete list of over 270 types of projects that students have developed.
Step-By-Step Design Climate Change Adaptation Projects
Climate Change Courses Community Committee member in Kenya
Course leaders have gained their development expertise providing face-to-face consulting services to NGOs & nonprofits in the field and will also provide you with personalized consulting to ensure your project has a solid beginning.
  1. They will help you conduct a participatory needs assessment in your community,
  2. develop a preliminary project concept,
  3. conduct research on your project to identify evidence based activities for sustainable results,
  4. refine your community based projects and share it with your community, and
  5. share your project concept with a potential donor.
Participants in climate change courses.
This training program is for members of NGOs solving challenges caused by global warming in developing nations. It presents an online field experience and leads participants in the process of developing empowered, sustainable communities. Online course participants learn to develop real projects in real villages.
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 caused by global warming in developing nations.
Women in India participating in climate change Courses Projects
  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.
Tim Magee facilitating climate change courses.
These climate change courses will be led by Tim Magee, The Center for Sustainable Development’s Executive Director, who has over 30 years experience in both working with NGOs and nonprofits, and leading international online training workshops. Mr. Magee is the author of A Field Guide to Community Based Adaptation published by Routledge, Oxford, England.
Climate Change Adaptation practical field tools OL 341 will give you an insight into contemporary methods of developing community based, impact-oriented Climate Change Adaptation projects to compat the challenges caused by global warming. 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.
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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.
The climate change course will lead you through the development of similar real projects, in real time, and leave you with the practical field tools to sustain them.
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.
“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.
“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.
“This CBA to Climate change course is fantastic and very relevant to the trends of development sector. Honestly, I’ve had many online courses but this experience is really magnificent. It is highly valuable for preparing a project proposal with a community. It is a fantastic experience for learning and has lots of resources (web links to materials). In the start I thought that it would be very difficult but the approach made it very simple. I learned that preparing climate change adaptation project is now so simple.”
“One thing more: I had a chance to be a speaker in Climate:Red Summit and I shared this course project as an example. The focus of the discussion was to incorporate climate scientific information into risk assessment and program planning. So, that was very good experience to be a speaker at global event.” Ghulam Farooqui, Program Coordinator, German Red Cross, Karachi City, Pakistan.
“Thank you for this course. I believe that it would be great to reach out to students who are deciding what field to pursue in universities. This course would be set a great foundation and give them an idea on what to expect if they were to pursue the climate change field. Mr. Magee provided very constructive feedback with insightful guidance.” Gloria Sengutuvan, IISD—International Institute for Sustainable Development. Singapore & Canada.
“Mr Nyambe, Project Manager, was impressed with my project design and set up an appointment for me with the Climate Adaptation Specialist at Ministry of Agriculture headquarters. He indicated that my project is in line with one of the ministry’s programme objectives which aims at reducing exposure and increasing resilience among peasant farmers. Therefore they might consider funding my project and work together in order to synergize our efforts. I now have an appointment with the Adaptation Specialist next week.

I did not expect that I would receive that kind of positive feedback and this has motivated me to continue working hard to sharpen my skills in designing projects.” Adrick Nyondo, District Development Programme Coordinator, Zambia.


What Other Students Think About the Online Sustainable Training Course.

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In the next course of the Diploma series, OL 342: Planning for Climate Change Adaptation Impact, 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. Course participants who successfully complete the climate change courses on time will receive a course certificate. Learn more. Your certificate will be e-mailed within 30 days of the end of your course.

Course Fees
The 8-week course is $150.00.

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An 8-Week Climate Change Online Training Course.
Courses begin the first Monday of each month. Enroll Now!
Enroll Now in OL 341: Climate Change Courses Online: Design, Fund & Manage Projects.

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 real global warming challenges. 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 for global warming 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 global warming 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.

Enroll now in OL 341 Climate Change Adaptation