The Center Passes 100! Plus: New Spanish Courses—¡Cursos Nuevos en Español!

Center for Sustainable Development

April, 2011  Newsletter


Upcoming Online Development Courses: May 2011
Courses Begin May 17: Earlybird Discount Ends April 25

Advanced Courses:
The Center Passes 100 in March

100 countries—100,000 beneficiaries. In our online program’s first 15 months, people from 103 countries and 225 organizations enrolled on our online courses and have developed projects impacting 100,000 people. Their projects include over 150 different kinds of intervention activities.

New Spanish Courses—¡Cursos Nuevos en Español! Six courses come online.

6 cursos han llegado en línea en español. Aprenderá a incorporar necesidades identificadas por la comunidad dentro del diseño de su proyecto. Empoderar a las personas en sus comunidades para cambiar sus vidas, desarrollar proyectos orientados a los impactos desde la base, utilice métodos probados con resultados sostenibles, atraer a los donantes, y colaborar con colegas del Norte y del Sur.

Online Courses Light: Free insights into the week-by-week lives of our students, their assignments and their projects.

Beginning this week on Facebook, online students from all over the world will be posting ideas, information and questions about their projects. Each week we will be posting the class discussion that their assignment is based upon and examples of the homework students turn in. See what the classes are like from the inside. Check in each week on our Facebook page to get the latest!

Project of the Month: Kenya. Incorporate indigenous knowledge into adaptation to climate change projects.

Last week, Stephen Oluoch met again with the community to gain a better understanding of their knowledge of climate change, challenges that they are experiencing attributable to climate change, and activities that they have begun on their own using indigenous knowledge to adapt to their changing situation.

Peak Coffee: Is Climate Change Affecting Farmers in Your Country? It is in Guatemala.

Each week I hear about subsistence farmers affected by extended drought, rainy seasons beginning late and ending early, too much rain at the wrong time, and extreme weather events destroying crops. But a trip to a coffee farm in Guatemala brought this reality home to me.

Bosco Odongo: How Villagers Can Co-manage Complex Projects: An Example from Kenya.

Bosco is developing a project with 120 families in three villages that includes home gardening & a farmer soil and water conservation program. To ensure long-term sustainability, he has facilitated community members in developing a Community Implementation Committee to co-manage this project. Read his short report and see his excellent photos.

How to Connect with a Donor at the First Meeting

Handing a lengthy proposal to a donor may not be the best way to start off your first meeting. A good alternative is to hand them a 1½ or 2 page clearly organized document: a fact sheet. They can scan it for 30 seconds or a minute, and quickly get a good understanding of your project.

Thank you to all of the people who have expressed interest in our courses—and for those participants from all over the world who have enrolled.

Consider helping more students enroll by sponsoring a scholarship—it’s easy!

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Until next month,

Tim Magee

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