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Disaster Risk Reduction:


Disaster Risks & Hazards,

Research Solutions,

Empower Communities

OL 245: DRR Hands-on Field Training: Protect Livelihoods & Save Lives

PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS: 5,000+ professionals from 500+ organizations in 153 countries have used 300+ project ideas to impact 500K+ people.

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?

Option 1: 100% Online. Complete this course in a self-paced fashion. You will have full access to exactly the same downloadable course resources and step-by-step modules as in the live teacher program—for 8 weeks. See what you can download and link to in “Course Content” below. Complete the course and receive a PDF Certificate. Learn More.

Option 2: Preview This Course.  You have been enjoying taking the 100% online version, but have decided you want to work directly with an expert to help you develop your project professionally. We will credit your $24.99 fee toward your enrollment in the live teacher program. Simply request a coupon. Learn More.

Option 3: Teacher Led. Take this course with an expert, live teacher. You will have complete access to the download course resources and lessons described below in “Course Content.” Your course teacher will offer expert line-by-line comments on each assignment—and will encourage you to learn by doing, to finish the course and to fully develop your project. Complete the course and receive a PDF Certificate. Learn More.

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.