We work in partnership with people living in hunger and poverty to unlock their leadership and enable them to become the agents of their own development.
Hunger and povety are inextricably linked to a nexus of issues, including decent work opportunities, health, education, social justice, the rights of women and girls, the environment and climate change. This is why we use a holistic approach that tackles all these issues.
While adapted to meet local challenges and opportunities, our programmes empower people with the skills, knowledge and resources they need to make progress in multiple areas of social development at the same time, to become agents of their own development and lift their communities above the poverty line for good. Our ultimate goal is for communities to become completely self-reliant so that we're no longer needed. This is the sustainable end of hunger and poverty.
All our programs have at their foundation three essential pillars.
1. Empower women.
A large part of the world's problems of poverty and hunger are because women do not have the same social or economic status as men. In our programs, women are trained to become decision makers, to take a place among the strongest leaders in society and to become entrepreneurs on equal terms. When women are empowered to become key agents of change, all of society benefits.
2. Mobilise communities.
The Hunger Project's strategies are based on capacity building, leadership and self-confidence. We provide people with the skills, knowledge and resources to become agencies of their own development so they can create sustainable social change in their communities, and we enable entire village communities to work together towards a future free from hunger and poverty.
3. Foster effective partnerships.
In order to create lasting change, it is important to involve communities as well as local decision-makers and governments. The Hunger Project works in partnership with local and national governments to ensure that they are effective, include women in leadership positions, take responsibility for local development, provide people with access to resources and information, and accountable to the communities they serve.
We start with mindset.
Imagine you’ve grown up in a village and hunger and poverty is all you’ve ever known. It’s like that now and it’s always been like that - the future looks like an extension of the past. Interrupting that thinking about what the future could look like is the silver bullet to what we do. We call this shifting mindsets.
The Hunger Project's Vision, Commitment, Action workshop is the innovative technology behind our work in Africa and Bangladesh. This is the first – and most critical – step in our approach to creating sustainable and transformative change. Through this process, our village partners shift their mindsets from resignation and despondency to optimism and empowerment, so that they can see that they have the power and agency to end their own hunger.
Addressing the entrenched attitudes and beliefs of our village partners is key to empowering them to become self-reliant, transform their lives and create a new future for their communities.
The Hunger Project is about helping individuals to shift into a mindset that says they can actually solve their own hunger…the first thing you have to do is get an individual to shift their behaviour, and if you get enough individuals to shift their behaviours then the entire village will change.
Michael Rennie, Global Leader - Organisational Practice, Mckinsey & Company.
Our local strategies.
Elected Women Representatives.
We empower 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.
We mobilise local “animators” (trained volunteers), youth, women leaders, and local government representatives. In 180 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Unions, our partners carry out holistic, bottom-up strategies to achieve the SDG in their communities. Their work reaches over 5 million people.
In nine countries in Africa, our Epicenter Strategy mobilises 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 1.4 million people throughout Africa.
In Mexico and Peru, we support community development initiatives, focusing on the people who are the most marginalised, particularly indigenous women, reaching almost 25,000 people. Our work includes a special focus on improving childhood and maternal malnutrition and igniting local entrepreneurship.