Women advising Women Farmers (May 23, 2014) By Henk Knipscheer - Senior Fellow
The five 2013 awardees (Mrs. Ayele in Ethiopia, Mrs. Sy in Mali, Mrs. Koné in Mali, Mrs. Traore in Mali and Mrs. Bukar in Nigeria) have completed the first six months of their studies successfully.
Presently, the Christopher Dowswell Scholarship Fund (Fund) is preparing for the announcement and selection of the 2014 scholars. In order to make the scholarship availability known to as wide an audience as possible, a scholarship website has been developed. The website address is: www.christopherdowswellscholarshipfund.org. The University of Central Arkansas located in Conway, Arkansas, was very instrumental in this effort. Applications for new scholarships are welcome from June 1 through July 15, 2014. For the academic year 2014-2015, the Fund aims at tripling the number of scholarships.
The Christopher Dowswell Scholarship Fund is managed by a group of dedicated volunteers in order to minimize the costs of management and administration and maximize the use of the Fund for the support of women farmers in Africa.
Women advising Women Farmers (February 28, 2014) By Henk Knipscheer - Senior Fellow
The five awardees (Mrs. Ayele in Ethiopia, Mrs. Sy In Mali, Mrs. Koné in Mali, Mrs. Traore in Mali and Mrs. Bukar in Nigeria) have all enrolled at their universities. Mrs. Ayele already received formal notification of the successful completion of her first semester, while all the others expect a similar confirmation in March.
In collaboration with the University of Central Arkansas, Winrock is developing a Website for the Christopher Dowswell Scholarship Fund. The purpose of collaboration is the development a fully functioning and user-friendly website that (a) provides general information about the Fund, (b) allows an easily accessible method of applying for scholarships from the Fund, and (c) will encourage additional support. The Website will be functional before May 31, 2014
Women Advising Women Farmers (November 30, 2013)By Henk Knipscheer - Senior AssociateSince the last update, the Christopher Dowswell Scholarship Fund has made significant progress. During September, five women have received notification of their scholarships awards: three in Mali, one in Ethiopia and one inNigeria. The awardees are Mrs. Ayele (Ethiopia), Mrs. Sy (Mali), Mrs. Koné (Mali), Mrs. Traore (Mali) and Mrs. Bukar (Nigeria). We congratulate the successful candidates. In early October, during the recent World Prize award ceremony in Des Moines, Iowa, two significant gifts to the Christopher Dowswell Fund were announced: USD $50,000 from Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA) and an additional USD $20,000 from Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education (SAFE). Both organizations are sponsored by the Nippon Foundation. These and other gifts have allowed us to set new and higher fund-raising targets for 2014, with the ultimate goal of reaching more women farmers.
On behalf of Winrock International and the Dowswell family, we thank all donors for their generous support.
Women advising Women Farmers (August 31, 2013)By Henk Knipscheer - Senior Associate
Since the last update of March 31, 2013, the Christopher Dowswell Scholarship Fund has made progress on two fronts, i.e. scholarship promotion and scholarship fund raising. Scholarships for rural female extension agents have been advertised in the three target countries, Ethiopia, Mali and Nigeria. Despite the relatively short window for application, numerous applications have been received. These applications are presently being evaluated. Mid-September, successful candidates will be informed about their selection. The scholarships will be mentored in collaboration with the Sasakawa Fund for Extension Education Program (SAFE). SAFE is committed to addressing faculty gender imbalances in agricultural extension education. By targeting female candidate students, the Christopher Dowswell Scholarship Fund will help improving the gender balance in rural advisory services.
In June, Winrock was informed of the commitment by Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA), of an additional USD 50,000 for the scholarships. SAA is a Nippon Foundation sponsored program (also known as Sasakawa Global 2000) that was the institutional home of Christopher Dowswell for many years. This gift will be announced during the next World Prize award ceremony in Des Moines, Iowa, in October. On behalf of Winrock, the Dowswell family and our partners in the SAFE program, we thank all donorsfor their generous support.Stay tuned for more updates!
The first year of the Dowswell Scholarship Fund was one of fundraising and program preparation. Because of the support by the Dowswell family and numerous other donors, Winrock was able to raise more than USD 55,000 for scholarships for female agricultural extension agents. These scholarships will be advertized, awarded, and mentored in collaboration with the Sasakawa Fund for Extension Education Program (SAFE). One of the strategies ofSAFE is to ensure that agricultural faculties and colleges broaden their admission criteria to provide opportunities to female candidates with backgrounds in non-agricultural production fields, such as home economics, nutrition, food science and development studies. SAFE aims at addressing faculty gender imbalances in agricultural extension education. By targeting female candidate students the Dowswell Scholarship Fund will help improving the gender balance in rural advisory services.
During the next SAFE staff retreat in June, the specifics of scholarship such as distribution, selection, duration, and size, will be finalized in order to be able to make the first awards before the next academic year, i.e. September 2013. The scholarships will be awarded in the three countries, Ethiopia, Mali, and Nigeria. Collaborating institutions are Haramaya University, Hawassa University, Bahir Dar University, and Mekele University in Ethiopia; Rural Polytechnic Institute, and Samanko College in Mali; Ahmadu Bello University, Bayero University, Adamawa State University, and Ilorin University in Nigeria.
On behalf of Winrock, the Dowswell family and our partners in the SAFE program, we thank donors for their generous support.
Stay tuned for more updates!
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