A partnership to enable self-reliance.
The Hunger Project’s Epicentre Strategy unites 5,000 to 15,000 people in a cluster of villages to create an “epicentre,” or a dynamic centre where communities are mobilised for action to carry out community-led integrated strategies to meet basic needs and become authors of their own development.
Our holistic, gender-focused strategy takes rural communities on a path to sustainable self-reliance. It was created in Africa by Africans and continues to address the multi-faceted causes of hunger & poverty across the continent.
Proven and replicable.
So far, 1.4 million people across Africa have been reached through our unique epicentre strategy. More than 500,000 people in 31 epicentres have moved from aid-dependancy to self-reliance.
Transparent and measurable.
Progress is tracked against agreed and verifiable targets using quantitative and qualitative data.
When an Epicentre community reaches self-reliance they no longer need the support of The Hunger Project or the funding of Investors. They are now managing their own future and The Hunger Project begins to exit.
About Otuater Epicentre.
Otuater Epicentre is located in Ghana, Africa, and reaches 4,388 people. The Otuater community was mobilised by The Hunger Project in 2008, and construction of the epicentre building was completed in 2009. Their key economic activities include agriculture, food processing and small market trading.
Number of participants in our training programmes.
Our Vision, Commitment & Action workshop serves as the foundation of our work, inspiring individuals to move from "I can't" to "I can" to "We can".
Building the epicentre committee leadership ensures the community is set to continue leading their development when we exit.
Food security and agricultural best practice closes the food gap by ensuring sustainable and diverse resources are available all year around.
Transitioning to Self-Reliance.
Otuater Epicentre is now entering into a critical phase. As part of the self-reliance target, the community is required to:
- Affirm its partnership with the local government including legal recognition of the community.
- Ensure funding streams from income-generating activities are sustainable.
- Entrust the future growth of the epicentre to its leadership and governance structures.
- Final training is led by The Hunger Project trained community-based animators, and the epicentre committees manage each program, including budget oversight and leadership transitions.
- When a community has reached Self-Reliance, The Hunger Project activates its exit strategy and scales down its activities as the community solidifies its own leadership and management. This usually takes between 1-2 years.
Your opportunity to be involved.
The Hunger Project NZ invites you to join a consortium of investors, championed by Robert Banks (THPNZ Board Trustee), to partner with the Otuater community to reach self-reliance by 2020.
A three-year investment (minimum of $5,000 pa) will enable the people of Otuater to achieve their goal of self-reliance, continue transforming their future, and create a hunger-free and empowered community for generations to come.
The impact your investment could have.
2019 is a pivotal year for the Otuater Epicentre. Your investment ensures the community receives full capacity and skills training needed to become equipped to manage the epicentre operations in a sustainable way.
This is essential to transition to self-reliance by 2020.
Maintaining progress towards self-reliance is critical. There is a potential negative psychological impact for the community should they not achieve self-reliance at this point in their development.
Your investment maintains progress and momentum and allow us to begin the exit strategy
When the community reaches self-reliance, THP-Ghana will begin the hand over of the running of all Epicentre Programs to Otuater Epicentre Leadership and Management Committees in 2020.
This enables us to mobilise new communities in Africa, expanding our impact towards ending hunger by 2030.