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A community’s effort to educate its children

January 5, 2024

Achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4, which focuses on inclusive and equitable quality education, is a challenge, as approximately 57 million primary school-aged children remain out of school, most of them in sub-Saharan Africa. Among them were 35 kindergarten-aged children in Essonkrom, Ghana, until their parents and other community members, with support from the U.S. Department […]

The total eclipse is coming. Winrock’s Innovation Hub is ready. Are you?

November 27, 2023

The following story was originally published on, an initiative of the Simons Foundation. For over 20 years, Errin Stanger, director of the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub, has been driven by her love of community organizing and serving others. So when she learned that her town of North Little Rock, Arkansas, was in the path […]

Innovation Hub hosts Make48 national competition in North Little Rock

November 27, 2023

Eight teams from across the country faced off at Winrock’s Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub for a soon-to-be-televised competition aimed at tackling one of the most complex social challenges in the U.S.: How to help members of the nation’s vast unhoused population successfully transition into new homes. Make48 is a national invention competition, recorded for future […]

Private-led agricultural extension key to sustainable food systems in Africa

November 16, 2023

The work of the Feed the Future Nigeria Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services Activity implemented by Winrock featured prominently at the 6th Africa-Wide Agricultural Extension Week – a major continental conference that occurs every two years.  Hosted this year in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, by the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, the event kicked […]

Transforming youth trajectories through Skills to Launch

July 17, 2023

After graduating high school, 18-year-old Joseph Flores of Bryant, Arkansas, was at a crossroads. He wanted to advance from his position as a general laborer at U.S. Vanadium Holding Company but couldn’t see a path forward. He was helping out at the Hot Springs-based chemical manufacturer wherever needed, whether shoveling leftover milled material or operating […]

No documents, no rights

July 5, 2023

THE OFFER Nazgul, a single mother of four, wanted to buy her children a home so that they could have a place of their own. Short of money, she traveled to neighboring Kazakhstan in search of job opportunities, but instead she found herself wandering around the country trying to make ends meet. When her son […]

Committing to a child labor-free world

June 14, 2023

I want to share an update on some of the U.S. Department of Labor-funded MATE MASIE project’s inspiring successes as we work with communities, government and other important stakeholders in Ghana to better understand the complex drivers of child labor in the cocoa industry, and to develop solutions to prevent it. It is important for […]

A Holistic Approach to Girls’ Education Leads to Better Learning Outcomes

June 13, 2023

This post originally appeared on USAID’s site on May 15, 2023. “With the GLEE project, my motivation for schooling increased because the mentor sensitized us about early marriage, the use of sanitation pads, and the importance of schooling for girls.” – Hawa WARME, 13 year old girl, 5th grade Adolescence is a time of […]

Investing in Earth with organic agriculture, locally

May 25, 2023

Meredith Martin-Moats, a local food advocate and farmer from Yell County, Arkansas, who raises mealworms and flowers, hopped in her car in Harkey Valley and drove 20 minutes south to the Yell County Extension Office for a workshop on organic agriculture and markets. She’d heard about the Winrock International event on Facebook and hoped to […]

Building on USAID investments in education

February 6, 2023

Positive change is visible in the village of Selly thanks to community leadership and investment. The arrival of USAID Mali Girls Leadership and Empowerment through Education (GLEE) in Selly sparked genuine enthusiasm for education throughout the community, especially for adolescent girls’ education, which had not been a priority for most families. Like many other villages […]
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