Community Based Sustainable Development

Sustainable Project Design Aligned To The UN SDGs | Fund Development Projects

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An Online Certificate Program of 4 Courses

Are you working in sustainable development in areas such as food security, health and hygiene, watershed management, agriculture, or income generation? Then this training program is for you.
The program will present an ‘online field experience,’ and lead participants through the process of developing sustainable, self sufficient communities. This training program will lead you through the development of a real project, in real time, in a real village.

In our online courses participants are actually designing and launching sustainable development projects—real projects within communities.

Aligning Your Project to The UN Sustainable Development Goals
Participant projects begin with engaging community members in a needs assessment and maintaining that engagement throughout the program. During this process, a problem is co-identified and research is conducted into evidence-based best practices for that particular challenge. This happens very early on the first course (101).
We then analyze which of the SDGs does the Challenge align with—and we try and work within that framework to begin project design and development. This lends an internationally accepted direction to the project—and can help to impact negotiations with potential donors.
In this certificate program the sustainable development principles begin with the Brundtland report (‘meeting today’s needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs) and progress through community engagement and evidence-based best practices for long-term sustainability of the solutions that course participants come up with. Aligning with the SDGs offers an international focus, credibility, and access to additional resources for project design, management—and funding.
Don’t have community access? No problem: we partner you with a fellow student in a developing nation who does.
Learn to Design Sustainable Development Projects

Sustainable Development Certificate Program. In Sustainable Development courses 101 and 102 you will develop projects on the ground—projects that focus on community based Sustainable Development.

OL 103 and 104 you will investigate the special challenges in your Sustainable Development project and refine your project’s activities. Build sustainability and impact into your project by fully engaging the community. Learn how to launch, manage and hand-over a project whose impact may not be measured in years, but in decades.

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How long does it take to complete the diploma and how much will it cost?

101: Designing and Funding Sustainable Development Projects. Contemporary methods of developing sustainable, impact oriented projects. Gain practical field experience using evidence-based activities. Develop a real project in real-time.
102: Funding Sustainable Development Projects. Imbed impact into your project design with a powerful set of management tools. Log frames, detailed budgets, timelines, compelling fact sheets, a detailed schedule, M&E plans, outcomes and impact. These tools will communicate to donors and stakeholders exactly what you are trying to accomplish and can be used for effective management of the project once funded.
103: The Community Focus. What does sustainable development mean at the community level? What practical tools are available today for communities to use in sustainable development? For practitioners who wish to begin working now at the community level to successfully adapt to the challenges that face us.
Sun Trees Climate Change Adaptation 104: Sustainable Implementation. How do you launch and implement a community based sustainable development project? The importance of community engagement and project co-management. Developing skill sets for your community to use in the process. Learning tools: monitoring & evaluation. Community empowerment during project hand-over. Sustainability, follow-up & mentoring.

Resources include links to specialized sustainable development sites, practical articles on identifying sustainable development challenges, and information on sustainable development techniques.

You will receive a course completion certificate upon successful completion of each of the four courses. Upon completing the four courses you also receive a certificate for OL 140 Certificate Program: Project Design for Sustainable Development. Read more about the certificates and the diploma.

Project Design for Sustainable Development Certificate. Online course participants are using our courses to develop real, on-the-ground projects with real communities—both both individually and through North/South student partnerships. People from 153 different countries and over 500 organizations have used CSDi online courses to develop projects impacting over 400,000 people.

Don’t have community access? No problem: we partner you with a fellow student in a developing nation who does.

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This CSDi training program is offered in 4 venues to best suit your needs: