The idea for our Federation is to create a connected community that does more than just talk about it, we take action. Our first meet-up was a wonderful opportunity to form connections among a diverse group of people wanting to collectively make an impact here in Aotearoa.
Our Federation came together for its first community meeting last week, and it was a wonderful evening of forming connections among a diverse group of people wanting to collectively make an impact here in New Zealand. In the group of attendees were long time investors of The Hunger Project NZ, committed volunteers, past and future participants of our Immersion Leadership Programmes, and others who were just learning about The Hunger Project and interested in making an impact.
The idea for our Federation is to create a connected community facilitated and nurtured by The Hunger Project NZ, that does more than just talk about it - we take action.
Our Federation is a community that learns together, that leads together and that tackles social issues close to its heart.
Lisa Gunnery, Country Director, The Hunger Project NZ
The Federation idea comes from our work in India.
The Hunger Project brings together women who have been elected to local village councils. They form Federations which connect all of the women who have been elected to local government within a District. Through their Federation, the women start to learn how to become more impactful in their roles as elected leaders. They share ideas and successes, as well as challenges and obstacles.
The idea of bringing the women together is used to harness the power of the collective so that an individual woman's voice is amplified by the others within her Federation. They are able to work together to drive significant change through their villages, share skills and capabilities and support each other to create the change required to end hunger and poverty in their districts.
Community-led development is at the heart of what The Hunger Project does.
Our first event was an opportunity to learn what drives each of us and what inspired everyone to become part of this Federation, brainstorm what our Federation could be and the kinds of issues that we could tackle utilising the principles of community-led development.
The benefits of having a group of connected, committed and passionate people and the power in such a community were discussed. There was excitement about and the ways we can work within the existing community organisations to leverage outcomes and create a bigger impact.
Some of our key take-aways.
If you’re interested in becoming part of our Federation - we would love to have you along to our next session! Click on the button below for details on our next community meet-up and join our community of changemakers.