CSDi OL 101:
Sustainable Development Projects: Design, Fund, Manage for Impact
Sustainable Development Course | Fund Development Projects | Project Management Templates
An online field experience to develop real sustainable development projects in real communities.
|An 8-Week Online Sustainable Development Projects Training Course.
The 8-week course begins again monthly.
Advance your Career, Raise Funds and Solve Challenges
This online Sustainable Development Projects training course is for NGO and donor staff—and job-seekers wanting to successfully solve community challenges. Participants work on projects as diverse as food security, water, health, income generation, adaptation to climate change, gender, education—or with connecting farmers to a market—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 Sustainable Development 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 organization. You will:
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Become your NGO’s Sustainable Development Solution
Don’t have community access? No problem: we partner you with a fellow student in a developing nation who does.
|Overview||OL 101: Sustainable Development Projects: Design, Fund, Manage for Impact|
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. 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.
|Projects||Become your NGO’s Sustainable Development Solution|
For example, student projects have included efforts to help communities in Europe and North America with community development projects—and communities in Africa, Asia, and Latin America that face the challenges of drought, hunger and poverty. The course will lead you through the development of similar real projects, in real time, in your own country.
|Outline||Design Projects to meet the Sustainable Development Goals|
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.
- 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 activities for the sustainable development goals,
- refine your community based projects and share it with your community, and
- share your project concept with a potential donor.
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.
In the next SDGs course, OL 102: The SDGs: Planning for Impact, you will transform your project with the real management tools of a logframe, a budget, and fact sheets (letter of inquiry) into a project ready to formally present to a donor.
Certificate. Course participants who successfully complete the Sustainable Development Projects 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
The 8-week course is $150.00 for citizens of developed nations. Are you from a developing nation? You may qualify for a $50 Scholarship.
- Week 1 Learn to navigate the course website, download the week’s documents, and form partnerships.
- Week 2 & 3 Read the document on participatory needs assessments and conduct an informal assessment with a few community members to uncover a real challenge. List the needs identified and organize them into a clearly described challenge—a development/nonprofit challenge that you are going to solve with your project design. We want this as real as possible.
- Week 4 We will clarify your project’s challenge, develop a theory of how you plan to solve it, and research 3 solution-oriented activities that would fulfill the premise of your theory.
- Week 5 Research one peer-reviewed paper for three of your project’s 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 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, and then make an illustrated, How-to card to give to community members.
- Week 8
- Share your project with someone that you would like to sell it to: a donor, your boss, your professor, someone in the development/nonprofit world for feedback.
- Lay out your challenge, proposed solutions, and activities in a simple matrix (logistic framework) that I will supply. This will prepare you for the next course: OL 102 where you will transform your project into a set of management documents that can formally be presented for funding.