Transforming Lives

CSRL programs have improved the livelihoods of thousands of rural Ugandans through direct intervention, education, and training. Whether from malnutrition to health, or from poverty to thriving enterprise, these are real transformations that touch peoples' lives during all phases of the life span.


"Tapping Philanthropy for Development"

Image of Tapping Philanthropy book cover"Tapping Philanthropy for Development: Lessons Learned from a Public-Private Partnership in Rural Uganda" offers advice for managing multi-faceted, public-private partnerships for development. Focusing on the work of the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods, this book is co-authored by Lorna Michael Butler, Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Anthropology, as well as an Agricultural and Life Sciences Global fellow at ISU, and Della E. McMillan who is, among many extraordinary achievements in research and field work, a team leader for Africare in Strategy Development Exercise for “Resilience” Programming in the Sahel (Burkina, Mali, Niger, and Chad).  The publication includes chapters authored by Robert Mazur, CSRL, Sociology; Dorothy Masinde, CSRL, Global Resource Systems; Mark Westgate, former CSRL Director, Agronomy; Max Rothschild, CSRL Associate Director and Distinguished Professor in Agriculture; Gail Nonnecke, University Professor, Morrill Professor, Global Resource Systems; and David Acker, Associate Dean, Academic and Global Programs.  To read the introduction of the book or to order a copy, please click here for the Lynne Rienner Publishers website.


Guidelines for Engagement in Developing Countries

Iowa State University of Science and Technology is committed to excellence, integrity, the free exchange of ideas and collaboration. It is imperative that the creation, sharing and application of knowledge be a global effort characterized by a profound respect for the diversity of people and ideas. The Guidelines for Engagement in Developing Countries were developed to help inform decisions in the college on engagement in developing countries:



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