Blended online and live training: Designing and funding integrated DRR and adaptation projects

Training Course
Center for Sustainable Development (CSDi)
02-29 Sep 2013
English, Spanish
30 Sep - 04 Oct 2013
Guatemala (Antigua)
English, Spanish
05-31 Oct 2013
English, Spanish

In this blended learning, 2 month training program you will participate in:

  • Distance learning: Participatory needs assessments. 4 weeks. Conduct participatory needs assessments with a community in your own country in preparation for the Guatemala workshop-guided through distance learning by CSDi staff.

  • A face-to-face workshop. Full project design and development. 5 days. Upon arriving in Guatemala, working with the CSDi workshop leader, you will use your needs assessments to begin the development of a complete, fundable, launchable project.

  • Project launch: Community capacity building: 4 weeks. Return home to your country and launch your project with the continued guidance of your CSDi workshop leader.

This blended training program is available in 3 specialized sections:

  • Section 1. Designing and funding community based adaptation to climate change projects

  • Section 2. Designing and funding international development projects

  • Section 3. Designing and funding nonprofit projects in developed nations

What you will get out of this diploma program

This two-month diploma program-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 use by participants from 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 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 are 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 community based adaptation. They present an ‘online field experience,’ and lead participants in the process of developing sustainable, self sufficient communities. This blended learning program 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 have 4 weeks to facilitate participatory needs assessments 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 a community's development need in a target community

  • Facilitate a participatory capacity and vulnerability climate change assessment

  • 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


The training will have both English and Spanish sections. This is a blended learning workshop. During the month prior to the five day workshop, guided by CSDi staff, you will conduct needs assessments with a local community—in the country where you work—in preparation for the workshop. These will become the basis of your project. Arriving in Guatemala, you will spend five days developing and fine-tuning a project that will address the specific context that your community faces. As a bonus, at the end of the live workshop, upon returning home, you will return to work with your community—and launch your project's implementation— all under the continuing support and guidance of your CSDi workshop leader.

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Event fee

US $1,250

What is included in the event fee

This covers the 2-month training fee (including the 5-day live workshop), resource materials, the course textbook, guidance during the pre- and post-workshop field components, a welcome dinner, and lunches during the workshop. Participants will be responsible for their own travel expenses and arrangements such as airport transfers, visa application fees where necessary, food and accommodation, health/accident insurance, and other personal expenses.

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

How to register

Please complete the online application form and arrange payment with the course coodinator.


Climate Change, Community-based DRR, Risk Identification & Assessment, Economics of DRR
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