International 5 day adaptation workshop: Designing and funding community based adaptation projects

Meeting or Conference
Center for Sustainable Development, Training Workshops) (CSDi)
16-20 Sep 2013
Guatemala (Antigua)

What you will get out of this workshop

This five-day training workshop—attended by international participants—will provide a system of building block activities for you to use on the ground in developing and implementing successful adaptation to climate change projects that can be co-managed and sustained by communities. Based on years of use in 147 different countries, the techniques illustrated in this training course use a step-by-step progression to lead participants through problem assessment, project design, implementation, and community takeover. The course will equip you with all the tools and techniques you need to improve current project effectiveness, to introduce community-based adaptation into organizational programming and to generate new projects. This practical training course is appropriate for administrators, policymakers, all levels of practitioners—as well as for students of development.

The international challenge

The world's poor will be the most critically affected by a changing climate. These human beings have been struggling for decades with poverty, malnutrition, poor health, and a lack of access to education. Development professionals are beginning to realize that for many communities, their plight may not be improving rapidly enough to reach the UN’s Millennium Development Goals by the targeted date. If experienced development organizations are finding it difficult to solve decades-old development problems, how will they additionally solve new challenges driven by a changing climate?

Course participants learn to develop real projects in real villages

In an effort to reverse this trend, the Center for Sustainable Development (CSDi) provides live training workshops and distance-learning courses for development organizations, grassroot organizations, nonprofit staff—and individuals interested in the nonprofit world. They present an ‘online field experience,’ and lead participants in the process of developing sustainable, self sufficient communities. This blended learning workshop will lead you through the development of a real project, in real time, in a real village, and leave you with the practical field tools to sustain it.   Become the solution

Where does one turn to for information on designing, launching, and managing CBA projects? For many staff members it may feel overwhelming to launch an adaptation project. Where do you begin? What practical tools are working today? How do you convey climate change concepts to a community? Together, during the training workshop, we will explore the full process of developing CBA programs.   The course provides a system for field staff to use in developing successful projects and includes the tools and resources needed to:

  • assess and organize information about climate challenges and vulnerabilities that communities face

  • work side-by-side with communities to develop long-term, sustainable adaptation programs

  • link together development, disaster risk reduction, and adaptation activities into sound projects

  • empower communities to take full charge of programs once up and running

What you will do This workshop is not based upon lectures—it is based upon action. We will not be using case studies. Immediately before the live workshop you will facilitate a participatory needs assessment with a real community where your organization works. You will then develop the following tangible outputs, tools and techniques for your specific project based upon your community's assessment:

  • clearly assess community need in a target community

  • develop a project outline with a problem statement, underlying causes, and solution oriented activities

  • research scientific evidence that your activities have worked to solve the project challenge

  • develop project management documents: log frames, budgets and schedules

  • develop a letter of inquiry for a donor presentation

  • prepare for the formation of a community based project management committee

  • develop field guides and lesson plans for beginning a series of capacity building community workshops

  • develop a participatory monitoring and evaluation plan

  • develop a long-term project management plan for community use

Optional preparatory field visit

If you're planning on attending the workshop and hope to work on an international development project—but don't have a community to survey for the information you need for your project—this two-day field component in Guatemala is the perfect solution for you.

These two field days will be the Saturday and Sunday—the two days immediately before the five day workshop. We will be staying in the beautiful colonial town of Antigua, Guatemala—and we will be working with a community in one of the surrounding villages.

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Event fee

US $1,500 per participant

What is included in the event fee

This covers the training fee, resource materials, guidance during the pre- and post-workshop field components, a welcome dinner, and lunches during the workshop.

Target audience

  • Policymakers, administrators and officials at various governmental levels

  • Practitioners such as planners, disaster risk managers and development workers at provincial and local levels

  • UN agency and/or other international/regional/local NGO staff working in the fields of climate change adaptation, risk management, disaster risk reduction and development

  • Southern and Northern development students and postgraduate students who want to learn more about what works in designing impact-oriented projects

  • Donors, development practitioners, field staff, grant writers, project managers, directors, and donor staff.

  • Staff from large INGOs, staff from small in-country NGOs, people considering career changes, and business owners with a social conscience.

How to register

To register, please complete the registration form below and follow the instructions provided online.

Deadline to register is 15 August 2013.


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