Sustainable Development 1

Project Design,

Funding &

Project Management

Project Design for Sustainable Development 101

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.

OVERVIEW: Project Design for Sustainable Development

What is this course?

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.

Project Design: 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 will you you learn about Project Design?

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 Project Design course?

1. 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.


Project Design Syllabus

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.

See the full detailed syllabus.


Project Design Participants:

“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.

Tim Magee: Climate Change Scientist & Author

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.


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ENROLL: How To Enroll in This Course.

Simply click on the “ENROLL NOW” button to make your payment.

Last Step: Your next step is to simply fill out the student information sheet to complete your registration.

PRICING: Project Design with a Live Teacher

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.

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.

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What You Will Get:

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.