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Sustainable Development 1

Project Design,

Funding &

Project Management

How to Run a Real Sustainable Development Project in a Real Community

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

Sustainable Solutions for Hunger, Poverty and Ill-Health:
Participate in this sustainable development training program and learn how to address the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Learn project design & project management. Get field experience: Run a real sustainable development project in a real community.

What? An 8-week, self-paced training program in designing a sustainable development 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 102—where you will develop a full set of donor documents in preparation for funding.

Start Small—Think Big:
We teach sustainable development by helping participants start real projects in real communities.

Learn by doing. Learn Sustainable Development Online. Advance your Career, Raise Funds and Solve Challenges. This Sustainable Development Course is for Nonprofit/NGO and donor staff—and job-seekers wanting to successfully solve community challenges sustainably. Participants work on projects as diverse as food security, water, health, income generation, adaptation to climate change, gender and education. 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/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 nonprofit/development world and wanting to develop employable skills.

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

What Participants Say: “Keep up the good work. I am very grateful for the opportunity I was offered to join the valuable online course six years ago. Due to the assignments related to the course I got in contact with different institutions/NGO’s, communities and individuals.

Since then I am involved in more community- based projects, especially with the focus on sustainable development. All the very best and please feel free to contact me if you need any assistance from me.” Usha Satnarain, MSc. Research-Assistant, Programme in Sustainable Management of Natural Resources. Suriname.

Reduce the impact of Hunger, Poverty and Ill-Health. Aligning your project with the UN Sustainable Development Goals offers an international focus, credibility, and access to additional resources for project design, management, funding—and positive impact.

Real human help: The training program will be led by Tim Magee, CSDi’s Executive Director, who has over 15 years experience in 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.

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.

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.

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.

Reduce the impact of Hunger, Poverty and Ill-Health. Aligning your project with the UN Sustainable Development Goals offers an international focus, credibility, and access to additional resources for project design, management, funding—and positive impact.

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
6 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  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