OL 104/344:
PROJECT DESIGN FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Sustainable Implementation

Online Certificates | Sustainable Development
 

6 weeks. Courses are offered every two months. Current dates are in the column to the right.

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Prerequisite for this course:
OL 103/343
Why are there prerequisites?

Sun, trees and adaptation to climate change

Project Design for Sustainable Development 4: Sustainable Implementation. How do you launch and implement  a sustainable development project? The importance of community engagement. Developing skill sets for community use in the process. Learning tools: monitoring & evaluation. Community empowerment during project hand-over. Sustainability, follow-up & mentoring.

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Project Design for Sustainable Development 4: Sustainable Implementation
This pair of courses, OL 103/343 and 104/344, are a continuation of OL 101 and 102 where course participants worked on-the-ground with communities to develop real projects.

In the last course, OL 103/343, we determined if our projects were truely linked to sustainable development. We then assessed our vulnerabilities and investigated what potential solutions showed evidence for mitigating these challenges.

We worked with our communities to incorporate these solutions into our projects. And then we set up a leadership committee within the community to be our partner and to take over and manage the project after we’ve gone.

These sustainable development projects are for the long-term. So we need to plan our project management to take that into consideration and to make sure that the community is fully engaged in the process. We also need to make sure that we successfully deliver a set of skills to the community so that they will be able to implement the project activities along side us.

One of the most important things that we need to be doing is to be monitoring the outputs and outcomes of the project for two reasons. One is as a short-term learning mechanism in case we need to adjust the project in-process. And two, since we did a baseline survey, we have the opportunity of deciding if we want to design a long-term impact analysis.

As we begin wrapping up our portion of the project implementation, we need to make sure that we properly orchestrate the project handover to the community. We need to begin this process of community ownership at the very beginning. But there will come a point when we officially hand them the baton.

But we can’t simply desert them, they need to understand that we’re still available — even from a distance.

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Course syllabus

Community need illustration Week 1: Project Management – the community perspective. Managing a project whose outcomes are projected in terms of decades needs to be carefully planned. If we play too large a role in the project process, it will make it more difficult for the community to take over when we leave.
Engaging community members in adaptation project with a vote Week 2: Engaging the community in project launch. If we’ve planned the project properly the community will think that this is their project and that we’re just there to provide the service they requested. We need to maintain that relationship in order to ensure that the community is fully engaged in the process.
Kitchen gardening as a skill set Week 3: Skill Sets. Design a family of workshops on the solutions your community will use in the adaptation process.  The solution activities we select need to be able to be implemented by a broad range of people types.  These workshops will provide the community with all the information that they need to continue these activities for decades.
Project launch clipboard Week 4: Project Launch. Lead the participatory workshop and introduce the community based sustainable development skills designed to address the community expressed needs. Continue to  encourage community feedback to develop lessons learned and to continue building community ownership of the process.
Community member monitoring and evaluation discussion Week 5. Learning tools: Monitoring and evaluation. In the last course we conducted a baseline survey. We now need to do two things: determine what information we’re looking for in order to evaluate short-term outputs and long-term impact, and manage the process of collecting this information.
Hand shake on community project hand-over

Week 6. Community Empowerment: Project hand-over. Our 3 years is up, our budget spent & it’s time to leave. Have we empowered the community to take full control at this point?  Have we worked with them to identify milestones that will allow them to stay on track? Can we provide follow-up without taking the project back? Have we introduced supporting partners where they can seek future technical support?

The Course also Provides the Following Resources

Documents on course topics by contemporary experts.
Books, posters and manuals available online for download.
Internet development links organized by sector.
Class blog for sharing your stories and photos from the field.
Class forum for posting questions to your classmates.
There are no books to buy—all course materials can be linked to, or downloaded from the course site.

Choose which price fits your profile
Course Fees
1. The 6-week course is $100.00 for citizens of developing nations.
2. The 6-week course is $150.00 for citizens of developed nations.

Enroll by clicking on “Enroll Now” at the bottom of the page.

We will send you a confirmation letter upon receipt of payment and your Login username and password, and instructions for starting the course on the Monday before the course starts. We look forward to meeting you online.

The online course will be led by Tim Magee, CSD’s Executive Director, who has over 30 years experience in both working with nonprofits and leading training workshops. Mr. Magee is the author of A Field Guide to Community Based Adaptation published by Routledge/Earthscan.

If you have a question don’t hesitate to contact us at: Online.Learning@csd-i.org .

Space is limited.