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Teaching the importance of eliminating child labor

Winrock International

Innovative and tailored approaches

Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources.

Winrock matches innovative approaches in agriculture, natural resources management, clean energy and leadership development with the unique needs of its partners. By linking local individuals and communities with new ideas and technology, Winrock is increasing long-term productivity, equity and responsible resource management to benefit the poor and disadvantaged of the world.

The organization is committed to building human capacity, creating long-term relationships, managing effectively, communicating openly, and promoting teamwork. It specializes in developing programs that provide alternatives to child labor and has received acclaim for its innovative methodologies that raise awareness of issues relating to child labor and promote basic, transitional, informal, and vocational education.

Founded in the United States in 1985, Winrock now has more than 900 employees worldwide, and approximately 70 of those are based at its headquarters in Little Rock, Arkansas in the United States. It has implemented full-scale projects, partnerships, or program activities in more than 60 countries.

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Winrock International in action with ARISE

The focus of Winrock’s work with ARISE is to raise awareness, engage with local communities and manage income generating activities. It improves educational and vocational training opportunities, for example, by offering Family Support Scholarships and After School Programs, and empowers individuals and community groups to establish and run our Model Farm Schools, and provides agribusiness training. As with the ILO, Winrock International has a team in each country, and two central coordinators, one each for Africa and Brazil. 

‘ARISE is an excellent example of what happens when three distinct organisations draw upon their comparative advantage to offer solutions to the shared challenge of eliminating child labor. Building on a common vision, together we implement a whole community approach to address the root causes.’

While we acknowledge that progress will not happen without overcoming significant challenges, we believe that through our partnership we can catalyse innovative ways that will ensure access to education for children, secure sustainable livelihoods for families, and ultimately overcome the poverty that contributes to child labor.


David J. Dobrowolski
Senior Director, Civil Society & Education


Our activities

Our activities aim to address the underlying root causes of child labor in the tobacco industry.

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Brazil, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia

We reach thousands of children and their families.

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Success story

We’re already making progress

Many of the children and families that ARISE has worked with have new opportunities.

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ARISE aims to end child labor in communities where JTI sources tobacco leaf. We work with those directly affected and with others who have the power to change things. Our initiatives are developed and delivered in collaboration with tobacco-growing communities, social partners and governments.