|Rodney Ferguson Named Next President and CEO of Winrock International
Winrock International’s Board of Directors announced this month that Rodney Ferguson will become the organization’s new President and CEO on April 1, succeeding Frank Tugwell, who is retiring after leading Winrock for more than 14 years.
Ferguson, currently a principal with Lipman Hearne, Inc., in Washington, D.C., will be responsible for the strategic, programmatic, financial and management operations of Winrock International. Winrock has implemented projects in more than 70 countries and throughout the U.S. in its mission to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity and sustain natural resources. Ferguson will lead a global staff of more than 1,100 with a continued commitment to sustainable development and innovation.
“After an extensive search, we are truly delighted that Rodney Ferguson will join us as the next President and CEO of Winrock International,” said Board Chair Betsy Campbell. “We believe that his experience developing effective organizational strategies for increased impact will complement our strong technical staff at Winrock. Rodney’s commitment to personal and institutional integrity reflects the longstanding and unwavering pursuit of organizational excellence and environmental sustainability found in many of the organizations with roots in the Rockefeller family’s philanthropic tradition.”
“I am thrilled about the opportunity to lead Winrock International,” Ferguson said. “Winrock has a well-deserved reputation for demonstrating integrity, successfully executing programs around the world and in the U.S., and building and supporting an extraordinary team of professionals. I look forward to working with the Winrock team to advance its mission in the years ahead.”
For the past 20 years, Ferguson has worked as one of the country's leading consultants on communications and strategy for the nonprofit sector. Continue reading the full media announcement here.
Winrock-Implemented Project Teaches Young Tibetans in China Life Skills for Success
Increasingly, young Tibetans in China leave their rural homes and move to urban areas for work and study. In their new locations, they confront an environment for which they are little prepared. Sometimes, culture shock may overwhelm them and hinder their success in school, in the workplace, and in society.
Realizing that young Tibetans need help adjusting to their surroundings, the Winrock-implemented Tibetan Sustainable Environment Resources for Increased Economic Growth (TSERING) project, funded by USAID, offered life skills training in China. The life skills course — adapted from materials successfully used in Winrock’s USAID-funded project in Nepal — provides young Tibetans with survival skills, instills self-confidence, and contributes to improving livelihoods. The course includes subjects such as interpersonal communications, nutrition and business mathematics.
In February, the TSERING project sponsored a discussion panel on life skills, in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, which included local government representatives. The session, taped by a television channel for regional broadcast, culminated in the mobilization of about 200 university students to distribute informational material in the city’s Wuhouci District, where many Tibetans live. The event followed and built on previous life-skills activities. For example, in February 2012, TSERING conducted a Training of Trainers session in Chengdu. These participants then returned to their communities to conduct training as part of vocational training or cultural activities, or stand-alone events, thereby amplifying the impact of the training in a cost-effective, socially relevant manner.
One young man taking part in the life skills training said, “These lessons are valuable. They will help me live better in the city.”
The goal of the TSERING project is to improve livelihoods in Tibetan communities in the western and southwestern regions of China.
Pakistan Domestic Biogas Programme registered as CDM Programme of Activities
The Pakistan Domestic Biogas Programme is now registered as Clean Development Mechanism Program of Activities (CDM POA) with United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The POA envisions installing 300,000 domestic biogas plants in Pakistan over a 10-year period, with the first project activity being implemented in the Punjab Province of Pakistan. These biogas plants will replace the use of firewood being used for cooking in rural areas, reducing an estimated 2.75 tCO2e annually per plant. The first CPA is targeting the installation of 18,000 biogas plants, which will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by an estimate of 195,168 tCO2e in first 7 years. Once the 300,000 plants are installed, GHG emissions will be reduced by an estimate of 825,000 tCO2e annually.
Winrock International, together with Netherlands Development Organization provides technical support for the Pakistan Domestic Biogas Programme, which is being implemented by the Rural Support Programmes Network (RSPN), with financial support from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. RSPN is the managing and coordinating entity of this POA.