Winrock-implemented projects address some of the most important and critical issues facing the world today: agriculture and sustainability; clean energy; climate change; economic opportunity; forests and natural resource management; gender and social inclusion; water; and youth and education. Whether the initiative revolves around one of these issues, or one of the myriad other challenges facing the world today, Winrock is prepared to offer solutions tied to the strong values that guide our work: a commitment to good science and sound economics, an appetite for innovation and new ideas, a belief in the power of knowledge to improve lives, an understanding that ideas must be proven on the ground, a commitment to equity and the empowerment of women and the disadvantaged, respect for partners, and a long-term vision.
A key challenge for agriculture is to sustain resources, health and wealth as the world’s population grows from 7 billion today to 9 billion by 2050. Winrock International improves the capacity of people, their communities and governments to achieve food security and equitable livelihoods through strategies such as alternative crops, innovative technologies, natural resource conservation, sustainable business practices, and improved on-farm production, harvesting and storage methods.
Winrock International’s clean energy programs expand access to energy services that improve health, education and women’s status, and increase incomes through market development, community empowerment, and public-private partnerships. Winrock’s work focuses on building the capabilities of communities, project developers, financing institutions and government organizations around the globe, and supports the investment conditions necessary to fully realize the opportunities modern energy brings.
As the effects of climate change become more apparent, addressing it becomes more urgent. Winrock offers expertise in sustainable agriculture, Payment for Environmental Services, and the design and implementation of carbon measurement and monitoring for mitigation activities. We also operate the American Carbon Registry to incentivize transformative emissions reductions, and help communities generate income from activities such as Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD).
Winrock promotes sustainable economic development by stimulating entrepreneurship, guiding and strengthening small and medium enterprises, identifying market niches, and building public-private partnerships and the infrastructure to accelerate private-sector growth. In rural communities, Winrock focuses on increasing the wealth of individuals and families through better knowledge, enhanced skills and technologies to create more jobs, improved agricultural productivity, and new income-generation opportunities.
Practical approaches to natural resource management are key to rural development, biodiversity conservation and improved human capital. Winrock works in some of the most fragile areas and richest forests on earth, employing strategies to natural resource management that integrate good governance with solid applied science. Winrock works with communities and governments to foster fair resource use, incentives for sustainable land use, and alternative income strategies to reduce pressure on natural resources.
Winrock is committed to ensuring that all members of society have equal access to services and goods, and are protected by just laws, with a focus on ending child labor and human trafficking, as well as full participation and opportunities for men, women, girls and boys. Programs include policy reform; advocacy and awareness raising; strengthening of organizations and governments to understand and defend the rights of all citizens; and economic empowerment of the most marginalized populations.
Winrock International seeks out and empowers the next generation of leaders across all sectors of society. With a focus on women and youth, Winrock programs help individuals lead the transformation of their lives, their organizations and their society. Winrock invests in current and future leaders through its signature training program, Leadership for Change, and other initiatives to improve the governance and effectiveness of academia, business, civil society and government.
Many people living in poverty lack access to water services for many essential activities: drinking, hygiene, farming, watering livestock and operating small businesses. Winrock addresses water issues through comprehensive programs targeting sustainable strategies for use and conservation within communities, watersheds and regions. Multiple-Use water Services (MUS) is an integrated, client-oriented approach that couples water service delivery with supporting programs in health, livelihoods and environment.
Winrock International invests in the well-being of children and young adults to promote a well-informed civil society and economic growth. By preparing today’s youth — many of whom live in poverty without access to education and basic services — with information, skills and knowledge, Winrock is enabling them to achieve their own potential as citizens able to advance their communities and countries. Programs target scholarships and education, harmful labor practices, and exploitation of children and youth.