Our Impact

At a glance

The Hunger Project has a global reach in rural communities across Africa, South Asia and Latin America, encompassing millions of people working to end their own hunger and poverty.

Amplifier effect of local leadership.

When The Hunger Project trains one person, the ripple effect it catalyzes is far-reaching: to their children and spouses, to their neighbors and to the wider community. This is the power of investing in community leadership.

Data for the people. By the people.

We measure what matters. The Hunger Project tracks our work over years so we can see the transformation in behavior and attitudes in communities, and so we can learn and adapt our programs. Our local community partners participate in collecting and analyzing their own data, so that they can take control of their own development and progress.

Examples of progress in our partner communities in Africa include*:

  • 42% increase in the proportion of female small business owners
  • 33% decrease in the proportion of households with moderate to severe hunger
  • 23% decrease in the proportion of households living below the poverty line

*data based on mid to endline surveys of 47 self-reliant epicenters in Africa as of December 2019.

Progress is made when we work together.

It will take all of us to achieve the sustainable end of hunger. That’s why we were thrilled when the UN announced the Global Goals for Sustainable Development including the goal of zero Hunger.

Hunger is linked to a nexus of issues – only in solving them together will any of them be solved on a sustainable basis. Here’s a snapshot of our work and how our partner communities are achieving progress on all of the Global Goals.

Theory of change

The Hunger Project’s theory of change is rooted in our mission to end hunger and poverty by pioneering sustainable, grassroots, women-centered strategies and advocating for their widespread adoption in countries throughout the world. We do gender-focused, community led development in rural communities and engage national governments to decentralize decision making power and devolve resources through the Movement for Community-Led Development for a convergent approach. Our bottom-up and top-down strategy is effective at the levels where it matters.

Women’s Empowerment Index

The Women’s Empowerment Index (WEI) is a composite index designed to measure progress in the multidimensional aspects of women’s empowerment. It considers empowerment to be a factor of both women’s achievements as well as of gender parity with men. The WEI measures results across 5 key areas: agency, income, leadership, resources, and time.

Participatory Monitoring

As a champion for community-led development, we believe that communities have the solutions needed for their own sustainable future.

Some development organizations will collect data from their projects and that information never flows back to the communities where it originated. This perpetuates a top-down approach to development where the feedback loop of information and progress doesn’t reach grassroots level communities. 

Our participatory monitoring practice puts data in the hands of the people. The community tracks their own progress towards local goals and, through partnership with The Hunger Project, can evaluate and adapt approaches in real time. This data is owned by our community partners, which translates to a real shift from traditional models of power and accountability.

Self-reliance Framework for Measurement

The measure of community self-reliance is based on indicators that evaluate progress in all integrated, epicenter-level program areas. The Hunger Project has identified a diverse set of indicators to measure program outputs, outcomes and impact. The community declares its self-reliance when it demonstrates sufficient local capacity (defined as meeting the locally set targets)  in each program area.

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