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. Community members at epicenters create and run their own development programs, reaching more than 1.6 million people throughout Africa.
In India, The Hunger Project empowers women elected to local government in nearly 2,000 panchayats (clusters of rural villages) to meet the development needs of their communities. Across six states of India, these women lead more than 9 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 185 Sustainable Development Goals Unions, or “SDG Unions,” our partners carry out holistic, bottom-up strategies to achieve the SDGs in their communities. Their work reaches nearly 5 million people.
In Mexico and Peru, we support community development initiatives, focusing on the people who are the most marginalized, particularly indigenous women, reaching over 21,000 people. Our work includes a special focus on improving childhood and maternal malnutrition and igniting local entrepreneurship.
Read a summary of our 2016-2020 Global Strategic Plan (PDF) to learn what The Hunger Project sees as its highest leverage role for ending hunger by 2030.