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March 2010

Winrock will be a lead implementer of the iWASH program in Tanzania under the Global Water for Sustainability (GLOWS) consortium, led by Florida International University (FIU). Winrock and other GLOWS partners FIU, CARE, and the World Wildlife Fund will implement the program. Winrock’s role is to provide multiple-use water services (MUS) and increase the number and capacity of enterprises providing water-related technologies and services. This project is a direct result of Winrock’s investment in water and MUS through Winrock’s Innovation Investment Program and the ongoing support and investment through Winrock’s Agriculture unit.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has selected The Wallace Center at Winrock International to run its Healthy Urban Food Enterprise Development Center (HUFED) project. The three-year, $2.7 million project is designed to establish and support a HUFED Center to increase access to healthy affordable foods, including local agricultural products, for underserved communities. The HUFED Center will provide training and technical assistance for food enterprises and award sub-grants to eligible entities for healthy food enterprise development. The Wallace Center will lead the HUFED Center in order to facilitate and support the development of strong enterprises dedicated to increasing access to affordable, healthy foods in underserved communities. 

Winrock’s work in Sudan is featured in the February issue of USAID’s monthly update for that country. See pages 3-4 to learn about how the GEE scholarship program is helping former child soldiers, and page 6
to read about the BRIDGE project’s work with Community Action Groups.

Winrock’s work in Nepal is highlighted in the February issue of USAID’s Frontlines. See page 8 to read about how Winrock has helped villagers construct and maintain fish ponds that increase incomes.

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Winrock Kicks Off 25th Anniversary Year with African Food Security Forum
On February 17, Winrock International hosted “A 21st Century Framework for Food Security in Africa,” a forum designed to construct, re-construct, and share development approaches and products for integrated solutions to rapidly increase food security in Africa over the next decade.

Despite being a major potential engine for Africa’s economic growth, agricultural development has faced increasing pressures, and for 30 years, food production has failed to keep pace with population growth, making sustainable household food security an elusive goal for millions of Africans. “Several problems, including drought and flood cycles, soil loss and degradation, bad public policies, political instability, and gender inequity, have all intersected to create a serious food security problem in Africa,” said Frank Tugwell, president and CEO of Winrock. “We will continue to work across the continent to address these issues with an integrated approach.”

Held in Nairobi, the event included plenary sessions, breakout panel presentations, and a number of speakers, including Kenya’s assistant Minister of Agriculture Japhet Kareke Mbiuki; Dr. Vasey Mwaja, an expert in the field of agricultural research and education; and Tade Akin Aina (above), program director of higher education in Africa with the Carnegie Corporation, and a member of Winrock’s board of directors. "We need to transcend our boundaries and comfort zones of being scientists, academics, and professionals and understand an important dimension of the politics and sociology of change. This is fully embedded in the values and principles that guided the founding of Winrock," said Aina. "Change happens only when there is commitment, passion, sustained engagement, and struggles. Change will not happen when our ideas are not adopted, mobilized for, and carried in a movement. And our ideas and knowledge are not going to be good in themselves or be the end. They are means to greater good."

Nonprofit Improvement Program Continues to Support Rural Arkansas
Winrock has been awarded a $251,000 USDA Rural Development USDA Rural Development Grant Presentationgrant to implement the Nonprofit Improvement Program Phase VII. U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln, chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, and USDA Rural Development Rural Housing Administrator Tammy Trevino announced the funding in Little Rock in February. “As we look at ways to put our nation’s economy back on track it’s important to look beyond Wall Street and support initiatives that will help Main Street. This funding does just that," Lincoln said, "This will help our rural communities embrace new economic development opportunities, create jobs and improve local economies."

The Nonprofit Improvement Program began in 2003 with seven nonprofits receiving technical assistance. This exceptional program has grown to include 45 rural municipalities and nonprofits participating in classroom workshops, field tours, and mentoring activities. Program participants have used the proven techniques to bring home more than $22 million in federal, state, and private funding, which has supported projects including fire stations, sewer systems, walking trails, value-added agriculture facilities, and local festivals. Participants have also learned important lessons in financial management and board development.

In this phase of the program, community development experts will mentor six new recipients and provide training opportunities to all current and previous program recipients. New recipients include the city of Bradford, the Chicot County Memorial Hospital Foundation, Montrose Developmental Center, city of Mena, Scott County Boys and Girls Club, and the city of Springtown.

U.S. Government, Winrock Partner to Promote Girls' Education in Angola
United States Ambassador to Angola Dan Mozena and USAID-African Girls Education AngolaAngola mission director Randall Peterson presided over a ceremony at a school outside Luanda to highlight the importance of girls’ education on March 8, International Women’s Day. Mozena and Peterson distributed school supplies and other materials to students receiving scholarships through the USAID-funded Africa Education Initiative– AMBASSADORS GIRLS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM (AEI-AGSP), implemented by Winrock.

Deputy Minister of General Education and Social Action Dr. Ana Paula Ndala Fernando and Deputy Minister of Assistance and Social Integration Maria da Luz Cirílio de Sá Magalhães were in attendance to learn more about AEI-AGSP, and to voice their strong support for increased educational opportunities for girls and women. Through Winrock’s partners in Angola, a total of 2,409 scholarships will be distributed in 2010, including 2,064 to girls in primary and secondary school.


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