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Disaster Risk Reduction:


Disaster Risks & Hazards,

Research Solutions,

Empower Communities

OL 345: DRR Hands-on Field Training: Protect Livelihoods & Save Lives

70% of all disasters are now related to climate change based extreme weather events. Learn how to design a Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction program to protect livelihoods and save lives.

What? An 8 week, self-paced training program where you will each continue improving your development project. Each one of the assignments will be a concrete step in preparing your project for launch and eventual community takeover. By the end of the 8 weeks, you will have developed a participatory mapping of disaster risks, hazards, assets and community capacity, and then consulted with a DRR training expert to develop a participatory DRR training process for a Disaster Risk Reduction Program.

Learn by doing.
The solutions that students have been developing include designing a community-based water use management plan. Community members will first assess their disaster related risks, hazards, vulnerabilities and capacities, and then consult with a DRR expert to develop a participatory process and training program for launching the DRR plan.

How? A dual approach will be used in this course:
1. The course will lead you through the continued development of your project by working closely with and engaging community members.
2. For long-term sustainability you will consult with a DRR expert to develop a participatory process and training program for developing the DRR plan.

Who should take this course?
This course is perfect for nonprofit and development professionals working in areas such as food security, watershed management, agriculture, the environment, sustainable development, or DRR—and who want to develop practitioner-level skills. If you are a grant writer, nonprofit staff member, consultant, project manager—or an executive director—you will develop real skills mastery.

2. This course is just as relevant to a person considering a career transition into the development world and wanting to develop employable skills.

8 Weeks: Make the project sustainable and have long-term impact.
Week 1.
Design a participatory capacity and vulnerability analysis.
2. Community workshop on participatory capacity and vulnerability.
Week 3.Organize a community based disaster risk reduction committee.
Week 4. Activities for use before disasters strike.
Week 5. Activities for use during disasters.
Week 6. Disaster risk reduction master plan.
Week 7. Workshop planning on a DRR technique.
Week 8. Facilitate the capacity building workshop in the field.

What Participants Say: “Dear Tim, I have already taken two previous online courses (Conflict Management and Gender and Development).

None of these can compare to your course in terms of innovation and stimulation to action and reflection that develop learners’ competences.

Another uniqueness about your course is the quality and quantity of the resources provided on the website. They are gold mines!
Edouard Yao, Ivory Coast

Learn Disaster Risk Reduction. Take this course to fully empower a community to protect livelihoods and save lives.

Real human help: The training program will be led by Tim Magee, CSDi’s Executive Director, who has over 15 years experience in adaptation to climate change and sustainable development projects. Mr. Magee is the author of A Field Guide to Community Based Adaptation.

Click on this link to see the Full Course Description and Course Syllabus.


Simply choose whether you wish to audit the course or work with a live teacher—and then click on the “ENROLL NOW” button to make your payment.

This course has a prerequisite: OL 102 Sustainable Development Projects 2, or OL 342 Climate Change Adaptation 2, or OL 202 Designing and Funding Non Profit Programs 2. Why are there prerequisites?

Online: Audit this course 100% online. You will have complete access to exactly the same downloadable course resources and lessons as in the live teacher program—for 8 weeks.

Teacher Led: Take this course with a live teacher. You will have complete access to the download course resources and lessons described below. Certificate:Turn in the 8 assignments and you will receive a PDF Certificate. Your course teacher will offer professional comments and encouragement for your assignments.

What You Will Get:

Job Ready Skills: Learn more about this project-based, active learning program in this in-depth description and detailed syllabus.

Job-focused content includes:
8 PDF Detailed Assignments
8 PDF In-depth Discussions
8 MS Word Completed Assignment Templates for you to personalize as your own assignment for submittal.
Over 50 Word, Excel and PDF additional resources to download that contain learning guides, studies—and project templates.

Welcome Students!


Welcome to your course dashboard! From this page, you can access all of the course lessons and resources.

Please read the entire section “Download Course Resources and Student Home Page” just below to learn how you can get the most benefit from this course and have a good time too!

If you are a 100% online ($40) student who is auditing the course, please continue at your own pace.

If you are a participant in the live teacher program, please submit your assignments by uploading them at each individual assignment module on a weekly basis as described in the Student Home Page.

Save your completed assignment using the format described in Email and Homework Etiquette. This is important and you must follow the instructions. Then, upload the assignment. I will be notified of your submission.

I will review each one of your assignments, offer suggestions and comments, and send it back to you. Then you can proceed to the next assignment.

Some of the modules below, such as Discussions, are simply informational and you don’t need to submit anything.

However, you still need to mark them as completed at the bottom in order to proceed forward to the next module.

I look forward to working with you!

Tim Magee