Author: Tim Magee

April’s 45 Top Resources: Climate | Gender | Participation | Farmer Markets | Water | Agriculture | REDD+

April’s 45 Top Resources: Climate | Adaptation | Climate Smart Ag. | Climate Finance | Gender | Farmer Markets | Environment | Livelihood

Special April Newsletter on the Best New Resources for Adaptation, Development, Sustainability and Nonprofit Programs

We have so many excellent resources come through CSDi that we periodically compile them and share them in an occasional, special newsletter.

Please note: web addresses change frequently – if one doesn’t work simply type the resource title into your browser.

U.N. climate panel: Governments must do more in face of dire global-warming threats
Darryl Fears
Washington Post
April 13, 2014
On the Job Training. CSDi distance programs on  Adaptation, Development, Sustainability, Climate Change and DRR programs begin May 6.
How to win the argument on climate change – a five-point plan
Simon Maxwell
March 2014
How NOT to do climate aid
Katie Peters and Simon Levine
February 2014
Integrating climate change in the post-2015 development agenda
Andrew Scott, Helen Picot
March 2014
What the climate movement must learn from the fight against AIDS
Assaad Razzouk
The Independent
18 March, 2014
Where the rain falls: Evidence from 8 countries on how vulnerable households use migration to manage the risk of rainfall variability and food insecurity
Koko Warner & Tamer Afifi
Climate and Development
November 2013
100 Projects: The Best of 3 Years of Partner Field Projects
Center for Sustainable Development
AfDB climate finance newsletter
African Development Bank
January-February 2014
Adaptation Frontiers: European Climate Change Adaptation Research and Practice Presentation PDFs
March 2014
Adaptation to climate change in water, sanitation and hygiene – assessing risks, appraising options in Africa
Naomi Oates; Ian Ross; Roger Calow; Richard Carter; Julian Doczi
March 2014
The economics of climate change adaptation in Africa’s water sector: a review and a way forward
Julian Doczi; Ian Ross
March 2014
Close to home: subnational strategies for climate compatible development
Barbara Anton, Ali Cambray, Mairi Dupar and Astrid Westerlind-Wigstroem with Elizabeth Gogoi
April, 2014
Africa Adaptation Newsletter Issue 5
Ed. Richard Munang
Africa Adaptation Knowledge Network (AAKNet)
January / February, 2014
Extreme vulnerability of smallholder farmers to agricultural risks and climate change in Madagascar
Harvey, C.A., Z.L Rakotobe, N.S. Rao, R. Dave, H. Razafimahatratra, R. H. Rabarijohn, H. Rajaofara, and J. MacKinnon
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society
February 2014
Climate-smart landscapes: Opportunities and challenges for integrating adaptation and mitigation in tropical agricultural landscapes
Harvey, C.A. , M. Chacon, C. Donatti, E, Garen, L. Hannah, A. Andrade, L. Bede, D. Brown, A. Calle, J. Chara, C. Celment, E. Gray, M.H. Hoang, P. Minang, A.M. Rodriguez, C. Seeberg-Elverfeldt, B. Semroc, S. Shames, S. Smuckler, E. Somarriba, E. Torquebiau, J. van Etten and E. Wollenberg.
Conservation Letters
Innovation in smallholder farming in Africa: recent advances & recommendations
Triomphe B, Waters-Bayer A, Klerkx L, Schut M, Cullen B, Kamau G & LeBorgne E (eds.)
Proceedings of the International Workshop on Agricultural Innovation Systems in Africa (AISA)
20 March, 2014
ONLINE RESOURCE: aims to improve seed security in high stress & vulnerable areas across the world
The Role of Voluntary Agricultural Certification Standards in Quantifying and Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions: Exploring the Cocoa, Coffee, Palm Oil and Shrimp Aquaculture Sectors
Adam Gibbon, Julianne Baroody and Richard McNally
SNVs​ REDD+ Energy and Agriculture Programme (REAP)
Feldafing Principles for enhancing agricultural innovation
Editorial Committee: Dr. Ann Waters-Bayer, Michel Bernhardt, Piers Bocock, Dr. Patrick Dugan, Dr. Joerg Lohmann, and Dr. Sidi Sanyang
November 2013
100 Projects: 3 Year Summary Of Partner Field Projects
Center for Sustainable Development
Become a CSDi Field Partner: New Field Partner Program
Center for Sustainable Development
Malawi’s Open Aid Map
Catherine Weaver, Stephen Davenport, Justin Baker, Michael Findley, Christian Peratsakis, and Josh Powell
The Robert Strauss Center
The Chronic Poverty Report 2014-2015
Andrew Shepherd, Lucy Scott, Chiara Mariotti, Flora Kessy, Raghav Gaiha, Lucia da Corta, Katharina Hanifnia, Nidhi Kaicker, Amanda Lenhardt, Charles Lwanga-Ntale, Binayak Sen, Bandita Sijapati, Tim Strawson, Ganesh Thapa, Helen Underhill, Leni Wild
Launch of the Aid Transparency Index
David Hall-Matthews
Publish What You Fund
Inclusive Green Growth in Zambia: Scoping the needs and potentials
Tasila Banda and Steve Bass
New Research Warns of Exacerbated “Land Grab” Through Carbon Trade
The Rights and Resources Initiative
March, 2014
Author seeking contributions to book of case studies of successful sustainable development programmes
Anita Meldrum
I am putting together a book of case studies of successful programmes that are sustainable and applicable to developing countries in sub saharan Africa. I ma seeking case studies if any member would like to contribute.
A new book about sub sharan Africa and water: Seeking contributors
Anita Meldrun
Glasgow Caledonian University
I am putting together a book about sub sharan Africa and water and am seeking case studeis of capacity building and successful community engagment for it. I need contributors. If you know anyone who might like to contribute, please let me know.
If you would like more information contact her at:
Meat Makes the Planet Thirsty
James McWilliams
New York Times
March 7, 2014
IRC showcasing WASHCost Calculator at Reinvent the Toilet Fair: India
The World Water Development Report 2014, Water and Energy
Participatory Impact Assessment: A Design Guide
Evaluación Participativa Del Impacto: Guía para profesionales
Évaluation D’impact Participative: Guide à Destination Des Praticien
Andy Catley, John Burns, Dawit Abebe, Omeno Suji
Feinstein International Center | Tufts University
March 2014
Collective action among African smallholders
Wanyama, Fredrick, Poulton, Colin, Markelova, Helen, Dutilly, Céline, Hendrikse, George, Bijman, Jos, Francesconi, Gian Nicola, Bernard, Tanguy, Cook, Michael, Badiane, Ousmane, Wouterse, Fleur
New Papers on Inclusive Innovation
Centre for Development Informatics, University of Manchester
Conceptualising Inclusive Innovation; Foster, C. & Heeks, R.
Analysing Policy for Inclusive Innovation; Foster, C. & Heeks, R.
Innovation and Scaling of ICT for the Bottom-of-the-Pyramid; Foster, C. & Heeks, R.
Inclusive Innovation: Definition, Conceptualisation and Future Research Priorities; RICHARD HEEKS, MIRTA AMALIA, ROBERT KINTU & NISHANT SHAH
PUBLICATION: Special Issue on Land, Gender, and Food Security
Feminist Economics
Feminist Evaluation & Research: Theory & Practice
Ed.: Sharon Brisolara, Denise Seigart, Saumitra SenGupta
Guilford Press
April 2014
Pursuing gender equality in land administration
Helle Munk Ravnborg, Rachel Spichiger
Danish Institute of International Studies (DIIS)
February 2014
A Resource Book for Permaculture
Lachlan McKenzie with Ego Lemos
Globalized diet: More food, less diversity, more associated risks
Stefanie Neno
March 2014
Can government-allocated land contribute to food security? West Bengal’s microplot allocation program.
Santos, Florence, Fletschner, Diana, Savath, Vivien and Peterman, Amber
Sharing the Land: Restoring Degraded Ecosystems and Improving Livelihoods Through Agroforestry.
Marion Davis,and Matilda Palm
Trees in Home Gardens: Making the Most of an Age-Old Practice to Improve Food Security and Nutrition.
Marion S. Davis, Eskil Mattsson, Matilda Palm, Jenny Friman, Maria Ölund, and Ekaterina Bessonova
Five Skill Sets for Smallholder Farmers
Catholic Relief Services
Making REDD+ work for communities and forest: three shared lessons for project designers
Steve Ball, Jasper Makala
March 2014

Spring Quarter Final Call: Training programs begin May 6.
Become the Solution. 18 distance training programs starting in the next 2 weeks. Learn more about becoming part of the solution to the challenges faced by nonprofits and NGOs.
Which training track best fits your organization’s current need:
1. New Project. Design a sustainable, impact oriented project from scratch. Read more.
2. Pre-launch.  Fine-tune a project you are about to launch to increase its impact and sustainability. Read more.
3. Projects in process.  Fine-tune a project in process to solve challenges with the project and increase its impact. Read more.
If one of the tracks above fulfills organizational need, then the training and consulting programs offered below are for you. Simply use these programs to further develop and organize your project; work with our expert consultants to perfect it.
“Tim Magee, and his colleagues at CSDi, are to be commended for producing a change in the way development is practiced, and so directly contribute to the improvement of millions of lives around the world.”

Howard White
Executive Director, 3ie

Distance Programs in English & Español
May 6, 2014 Distance Training Begins May 6.  Haga click aquí para Cursos en Español.

Specialized Training
Fine Tune your Projects with this Powerful array of Specialized Training Programs

We look forward to working with you in our training programs.
Tim Magee, Executive Director
Tim Magee is the author of A Field Guide to Community Based Adaptation published by Routledge, Oxford, England.
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New Field Partner Program: Become a Charter Member

Become a Charter Member of our New Field Partner Program for Designing and Funding Programs and Projects..

Through working with over 500 organizations on field projects we learned that Nonprofit organizations and NGOs worldwide need increased access to:

  • cost effective training and consulting in effective project design and management
  • new donors and new fundraising opportunities
  • how-to information on best practices for programs and projects
  • consistent, ongoing technical support during project implementation
Through this learning process, and in our desire to positively impact a greater number of the world’s poor, we have developed a new program that is:

  • making our training and consulting programs more accessible to individuals through group funding by their organizations
  • providing organizations with training programs that will create organizational uniformity in project design, development and management
  • making organization-wide training affordable for grassroots, in-country, international organizations, and northern nonprofits

CSDi has developed a Field Partner Program that will allow your organization to enjoy:

  • half-price training and consultancy group rates
  • new donors: promotion of your projects on our donation web pages for US donors
  • enhanced access to information on evidence based program tools and techniques
  • long-term organizational support and guidance as a CSDi partner

Would your organization like: improved project design, funding, and management during one of these key stages in project development? Read more about these 3 tracks in project development used in our training programs.
1. New Projects.  Design and fund sustainable, impact oriented projects from scratch.
2. Pre-launch. Fine-tune a project you are about to launch to increase its manageability, impact and sustainability.
3. Projects in Process. Fine-tune a project in process to solve project management challenges and get back on track.
Half-price training and ongoing consultancy:
If one of these tracks fulfills an organizational need, then consider our Field Partner Program. By partnering with CSDi, your organization can use our training programs to further develop and organize your programs—and then work with our expert consultants to perfect them.
Field Project List: Access a list of 50 newsletters with a focus on field partner projects and download their background documents and photos. Scan the list to get a unique vantage of our training process and the diversity of projects. Find projects in your field of work and in your country.
Increased access to US donors. Project Marketing and Fundraising:
CSDi Field Partners have access to tools essential for promoting their projects including having them featured on CSDi’s donation web pages (over 20,000 unique monthly visitors) to connect with US donors; this will allow you to benefit from credit card donations. Your projects will also be featured in our e-newsletter (over 24,000 subscribers). See a range of newsletters featuring partner projects.
Enhanced access to information on evidence-based program tools and techniques:
The Center has collected thousands of downloadable resources for nonprofit and development practitioners—scientific papers, best practice guides, manuals and handbooks for you to use in designing and implementing programs and projects.
How does CSDi engage with its field partners?
Field Partners work with local communities to develop solutions to community challenges with the ongoing support of CSDi’s training, guidance and consultancy. Through our proven training and consulting process, Field Partners develop real projects, in real time that are fundable, sustainable, and impact driven.
CSDi program facilitators, who have gained their development expertise in face-to-face consulting with nonprofits and NGOs in the field, consult with partner staff on their projects, provide technical support, and help them design, launch and manage their projects. Upon completion of project design, Field Partners can utilize CSDi’s donation pages for soliciting credit card donations for project funding.
CSDi has partnered with development staff from 500 organizations in 149 countries to develop and manage projects impacting over 360,000 people. Their projects have utilized 270 different kinds of solution-oriented activities to address community need. Scan the list to see which would work best for your project.
“Tim Magee, and his colleagues at CSDi, are to be commended for producing a change in the way development is practiced, and so directly contribute to the improvement of millions of lives around the world.”

Howard White
Executive Director, International Initiative for Impact Evaluation: 3ie

Become a Field Partner.  If you are interested in becoming a Field Partner, please contact us at, and we will send you our partnership guidelines.
Can you introduce us to your Training and Fundraising departments?   It would help tremendously if you would introduce us to your organization’s executive director, director of donor relations, human resources manager, or training manger. We want the decision makers in your organization to learn about the benefits of this unique Field Partner opportunity. Thank you!
Our Field Partner Program comes in two tracks: Northern Nonprofit and International Development. Which one is best for you? Learn more about the benefits for your organization in becoming a Field Partner:
Northern Nonprofit Track:  If you work with a nonprofit in a developed nation working on programs such as food banks, animal welfare, teen drop-in centers, homeless shelters, arts & culture, education, health and human services, community development, or environmental restoration, click here..

International Development Track:  If your interests are working with communities in developing nations on projects as diverse as food security, water, health, income generation, subsistence agriculture, adaptation to climate change, connecting farmers to markets, gender, or education,  click here. .

Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or to request a Field Partner information package:
Tim Magee, Executive Director
Tim Magee is the author of A Field Guide to Community Based Adaptation published by Routledge, Oxford, England.
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Family Planning in International Development Projects

Family Planning, Population and Reproductive Health in International Development Projects
March 19, 2014

For several years we have been publishing special newsletters on partner projects from the field. Here is an example of a field project newsletter:

Course participants develop field projects based upon a community needs assessment. This means that community members voice their perception of their needs—which are then included in the project design.

Why isn’t family planning entering the discussion?
We’ve worked with staff members from 500 organizations in 149 different countries and yet it is been interesting for us to note that very rarely do we see any mention of overpopulation, family planning, or reproductive health.

Recently, two members of our community wrote and expressed concern about this.
Sue from Guatemala, the founder of the leading family planning organization here in Guatemala had this to say:
“Dear Tim – I am disheartened and appalled that in the list of 25 needs that surfaced in the needs assessments reported below, no one identified family planning access.   No developing country is going to be able to thrive and grow without it.”  Sue

Jane, from Australia added this:
“Remarkable – not one mention of population growth as a cause of water stress, nor any mention of incorporating family planning in any of the projects, despite the unmet desire of a large proportion of women in each of these countries to avoid further pregnancies or to space pregnancies.

Without doing this, you are deluding yourself that these actions can have lasting effect. They will not.
Population growth is reducing African land and water per capita five times faster than climate change.” Jane

We mentioned to Jane that we were also surprised at this and that in 2013 we wrote 10 grant proposals to try and fund the development of a Spanish language family-planning course for Latin America—and didn’t get a single nibble.

Jane replied with:
“Thank you for your response to my note. I am heartened that you would welcome partnering with family planning projects.

These involve “Population Health and Environment” programs (PHE) of integrated development, and reproductive health education for youth.

Rather than, or in addition to, a course on the PHE approach, I would be interested to see how the population perspective could be inserted into existing projects. I noticed in a couple of Participatory Needs Assessment reports that I looked at, that the student-facilitator was separating the issues raised by the community into problems and underlying causes. It would seem relevant to me for such activities to raise the issue of population pressure as an underlying cause.

This doesn’t mean that it needs to be the focus of interventions, but becomes part of the awareness and discourse around problem solving. Interventions for water and food security, educational infrastructure and even employment could rightly be seen as mitigating population pressure. It then becomes obvious that, while the current pressure may be mitigated by the planned actions, future increased pressure may not. People understand this – often they only need someone to open the conversation. If the community participants are not receptive to this perspective, it doesn’t have to be pursued at that time. They can take the process in the direction they choose. But at least an opportunity has been given.

My own background is in agricultural development, and I’ve been involved in community participatory projects and farmer field schools in a number of countries. However, now my research is looking at the impacts of population dynamics and of family planning programs, as I see stabilising population as a prerequisite for development, not an afterthought. It seems to me that the best kept secret in the world is that all the family planning nations have romped ahead in economic development, while those who have insisted on development first have stagnated or even destabilised. I looked at the claim that development leads to people choosing smaller families, and haven’t seen any evidence that this contributed to the different paths of different countries. Invariably the family planning programs and the fertility decline came first. In its absence, even the recipients of the highest levels of international aid have struggled to develop in terms of GDP per capita, and have gone backwards in terms of absolute numbers of people in extreme poverty. It is inconscionable that the development industry should continue to turn its back on these facts.”


What are your thoughts on this?

Why do you feel that family-planning isn’t entering into community-based participatory needs assessments? In other words, why aren’t community members mentioning population and/or a lack of family planning as part of the challenges which they face in their lives?

I look forward to hearing from you,

Tim Magee