Adaptation to Climate Change 1:

Design, Fund & Manage

Community Based Projects

How to Run a Real Climate Change Project in a Real Community That You Serve

Answers to Global Warming: Get field experience solving challenges caused by global warming and learn to develop real adaptation projects in real communities.

What? An 8-week, self-paced training program in designing an adaptation to climate change project working in partnership with local community members. By the end of the 8 weeks, you will have designed a project complete with evidence based activities. You will have written a project logframe in preparation for the next course—OL 342—where you will develop a full set of donor documents in preparation for funding.

Learn by doing.
This hands-on training course is for actually launching a community based adaptation to climate change project. For example, student projects have included efforts to help communities in North America, Europe, Australia, Ireland and Great Britain recover from challenges caused by global warming: unprecedented droughts that exhausted their water resources. Other students have helped communities recover from flooding, hurricanes and fire. The course will lead you through the development of similar, real projects, in real time, in your own country.

How? A dual approach will be used in this course:
1. The course will lead you through the development of a real project, in real time, and leave you with the practical field tools to sustain it. We are committed to achieving results-based sustainable development goals.
2. For long-term sustainability you will learn to incorporate community identified need into the design of your project and research project activities that have shown evidence of having worked at solving challenges.

Who should take this course?
This course is perfect for nonprofit professionals working in adaptation 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 nonprofit world and wanting to develop employable skills.

Types of communities that you can help adapt to climate change challenges during your participation in this course:

  • Farming communities and drought stricken regions
  • Small communities fire prone areas
  • The elderly trying to survive in areas with extreme temperature
  • Communities in areas prone to flooding
  • Communities in areas susceptible to tropical storms, hurricanes and cyclones

Course Syllabus:
8 Weeks: Develop a real-world project.
Week 1. Complete enrollment, meet your teacher, and get comfortable with the training platform.
2. Clearly define the community and the overall challenge.
Week 3 & 4. Conduct a participatory needs assessment.
Week 5. Develop a theory of how to solve the challenge.
Week 6. Embed sustainability using evidence-based solutions.
Week 7. Develop a detailed project outline & logframe.
Week 8. Share your project with your community and with a donor for feedback.

What Participants Say: “I just want to take this opportunity to complement you on the practical ideas, knowledge and vast experience that you continue to share with us on each assignment.

Many times your examples are the solution of choice for our community. I have been provided with constant support, practical solutions suitable for my project, feedback specific to our project submissions and unwavering encouragement.” Gillian Primus, Grenada.

Reduce the impact of global warming. Take this course to help families develop resilience and to adapt to a changing climate.

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.

The Teacher Led training program includes a complimentary PDF eBook of the course textbook: ‘A Field Guide to Community-Based Adaptation‘ (a $37.67 value) by Tim Magee, Routledge, Oxford, England. Here is a link to the outline of the contents and the introduction.

Please Note: This course is for nonprofit professionals working in a developed country in (for example) North America, Great Britain or Europe. If you work for an International NGOs in developing nations, this course is a better match for you: International Adaptation to Climate Change.


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.

Last Step:  If you have chosen to work with a live teacher, your next step is to simply fill out the student information sheet to complete your registration.

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 6 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 its in-depth description and detailed syllabus.

Job-focused content includes:
6 PDF Detailed Assignments
12 PDF In-depth Discussions
6 MS Word, finished Assignment Templates for you to personalize to be 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