Our programs in 17,000 communities throughout Africa, South Asia and Latin America are based on an innovative, holistic approach, which empowers women and men living in rural villages to become the agents of their own development and make sustainable progress in overcoming hunger and poverty.
While adapted to meet local challenges and opportunities wherever we work, all our programs have at their foundation these three essential elements:
- Empowering women as key change agents
- Mobilizing communities for self-reliant action
- Fostering effective partnerships with local government
One of our first activities is a Vision, Commitment and Action Workshop, which serves as the foundation of our work, inspiring individuals to move from “I can’t” to “I can” to “We can.” Through participation in our trainings, people set a vision for their communities, and then lay out the actions they will take to achieve that vision. Read more about this workshop.
In eight countries in Africa, The Hunger Project’s Epicenter Strategy mobilizes clusters of rural villages into “epicenters,” which band together 5,000-15,000 people to carry out community-led integrated strategies to meet basic needs. Women and men in 121 epicenters create and run their own development programs, reaching 1.6 million people in their communities.
In India, The Hunger Project empowers women elected to local government in more than 2,500 panchayats (clusters of rural villages) to meet the development needs of their communities. Across seven states of India, these women lead 12 million people. At the regional level, we facilitate federations of women leaders to strengthen their voice and provide a platform for learning and exchange.
In Bangladesh, The Hunger Project mobilizes local “animators,” (trained volunteers), youth, women leaders, and local government representatives. In 2013, efforts intensified in 112 priority “MDG Unions” (clusters of rural villages) to carry out holistic, bottom-up strategies to achieve the Millennium Development Goals in their communities. Their work reaches 4.6 million people.
In Mexico and Peru, we support community development initiatives, focusing on the people who are the most marginalized, particularly indigenous women, reaching 21,000 people. Our work includes a special focus on improving childhood and maternal malnutrition and igniting local entrepreneurship.