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July 2013

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On July 3, the Winrock-implemented BRIDGE (Building Responsibility for Delivery of Government Services in South Sudan) project, funded by USAID, supported the Ministry of Local Government in officially launching its three-year strategic plan, which will serve as a road map to strengthen its ability to facilitate and supervise local government institutions and advocate for good governance, and gradually transform state-citizen relationships to enhance service delivery and promote peace and prosperity in Jonglei, South Sudan. The launch was attended by 56 officials, among them Governor H.E Kuol Manyan Juuk, and the Minister of Local Government, the honorable Diing Akol Diing.

The Wallace Center’s National Good Food Network will co-host a free webinar on Aug. 2, for participants to learn about a new Wallace Center/Changing Tastes project on developing a local foods investment strategy. Hosting the webinar alongside Winrock’s Wallace Center will be the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, Changing Tastes, and the San Francisco Planning Department. Register for this webinar today. Also, on Aug. 15, there will be a free webinar that will explore the results of the first-ever food hub benchmarking study, looking at key financial metrics to understand the health of food hubs across the U.S. Go here to register for this webinar.

Earlier this month, Winrock International and USAID/Bangladesh organized a national conference in Dhaka to support the fight against human trafficking and improve the implementation of anti-trafficking laws in Bangladesh. Along with U.S. Ambassador Dan W. Mozena, Winrock’s Carol Michaels O’Laughlin participated in the conference.

Winrock volunteer Burt Hicks, whose first volunteer assignment in Myanmar is wrapping up, recently described his experience in a blog post. Read the full post on Winrock’s volunteer blog.

Read about how a biogas program in Punjab is improving the lives of rural families who are able to save money by replacing fuel wood and liquid petroleum gas.

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Sustainable, Affordable Energy Changes Lives of Villagers in East Georgia
Electricity changes the lives of villagers in East Georgia.Whole generations of Mamishlari villagers (in Eastern Georgia) grew up in a power blackout. For more than 20 years this community has been torn away from a centralized electricity network, when electricity transmission lines were stolen in the early 1990s.

Since then, many families have had to resort to burning firewood and manure briquettes for heating and cooking, or to kerosene lamps for lighting. Complicating matters further and increasing their isolation, the nearest point with a traditional energy source is four kilometers away and the road to that village goes through a field strewn with volcanic stones, which threaten to block roads in winter.

To bring sustainable energy to Mamishlari, Winrock International is implementing the Georgia New Applied Technology Efficiency and Lighting Initiative (NATELI II), funded by USAID. As part of one of the project activities, NATELI II focuses on bringing clean and affordable energy to off-grid rural villages. With the support of USAID, the project constructed an electricity transmission line from the substation in Karabulakhi to Mamishlari, an inner electricity transmission line throughout the whole village, and also installed a 160 kV transformer substation.

Today, every home in the village has electricity and now they say they feel connected to the rest of the world. “Now we will buy refrigerators and washing machines,” said Eldar Garibov, a resident of Mamishlari village. “A school teacher will not [need to] go to Dmanisi to charge a laptop for children anymore. Each of us arranges outdoor lighting so that we will be safer from the attacks of wolves."

Winrock-Implemented AMORE Develops Micro Hydropower Grid for Upland Village
Winrock-implemented AMORE develops micro hydropower grid for upland village.The air was buzzing with excitement among residents of the small, upland village of Lubo in the Philippines on May 29 as electricity flowed for the first time through a 3-kilometer transmission line and on to some 125 households from the newly-completed 35kW microhydro power plant. Winrock International, through the USAID-funded Alliance for Mindanao and Multi-Regional Renewable/Rural Energy Development (AMORE) Program, facilitated the implementation of the micro hydropower project to provide electricity for household lighting, a backyard corn mill and communal facilities in the village, located in Lake Sebu town, southern Philippines, to improve the quality of life and increase livelihood activities of over 1,700 farmers and their families. Winrock partnered with the Philippine Department of Energy to complete the project.

School teacher Edgar Dewatin, who heads the Lubo Renewable Energy and Community Development Association – a local citizen’s organization tasked to operate and maintain the project, committed to make the project sustainable.

“The source of our electricity is water, so all we have to do is to keep the water in our river flowing,” Dewatin said. “And to do that, we need to preserve our watershed.”

Nestled 800 meters above sea level along the Daguma Mountain Range in the province of South Cotabato, Sitio Lubo is known for its abundant natural resources. AMORE worked with a local NGO, Yamog Renewable Energy Development Group, to complete the microhydro power facility after finding that water flow from the Maligaya and Kalolo stream could generate at least 35 kilowatts of electricity.

Supporting Forests and Biodiversity project Participates in Cambodia’s Arbor Day Activities
SFB project participates in Cambodia's arbor day activities.Earlier this month, the USAID-funded Supporting Forests and Biodiversity (SFB) project – implemented by Winrock International – participated in Cambodia’s annual National Arbor Day celebrations. In support of the day’s events, the project provided banners and T-shirts, which were distributed to local communities. National Arbor Day celebrations are popular in Cambodia, organized every year by the Forestry Administration in the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Over the past several years, the main activities have been presided over by King Norodom Sihamoni to reflect the united efforts of the Cambodian people to prevent the further loss of forests and strengthen the spirit of responsibility of citizens. Since 2000, almost 1,500 hectares have been planted throughout the country.

Joining King Norodom Sihamoni, and an estimated 10,000 villagers in this year’s celebration, were Prime Minister Hun Sen; His Excellency Chan Sarun, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries; and His Excellency, the Provincial Governor of Preah Sihanouk. The SFB project is implemented by Winrock International in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund, the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Center for People and Forests and the East-West Management Institute. View photos from the Arbor Day celebrations here.


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