Update from The Hunger Project - Global president and CEO, Suzanne Mayo Frindt April 22nd, 2019

April 22, 2019

  • Join the Online Earth Day Conversation April 22: On April 22, The Hunger Project will join the global community to celebrate Earth Day. This year for Earth Day — and throughout the next month — we’ll be highlighting the importance of sustainability initiatives to agricultural, economic and social innovation programs. There are several actions you can take to join our celebration. Follow The Hunger Project accounts online for sharable facts and pictures, and read our statement for more information on THP’s climate resilience work. 

  • Success of our Model in Reducing Child Marriage in Uganda: Abolishing child marriage is not only good for girls, it strengthens the economic security of a girl’s family. When girls are educated and marry later, they have healthier children and take an active role in their communities to ensure the rights of other women are upheld. I am happy to share that a recent report confirms that child marriage rates are going down in the communities in Uganda where THP and Her Choice are partnering to create ‘child marriage free communities,’ where girls and young women are free to decide if, when and whom they marry. The report also confirms partnerships, like those we are creating, work well. Great news!

  • Celebrating Self-reliance at Chokwe Epicenter on June 5: Epicenter communities in Africa declare self-reliance when community members are confident and have the capacity and skills to act as agents of their own development. Earlier this year, Chokwe Epicenter became the first epicenter in Mozambique to declare their self-reliance after a decline in severe hunger from 12% in 2016 to just 1%, surpassing the self-reliance target for this measure. Join us on June 5 from wherever you are, and celebrate with our partners — share a story from Mozambique on your social media! Read more about Chokwe’s self-reliance and we’ll share photos of the celebration when they are available.

  • Investment IS a Program!: Our organization was born in transformation and born for transformation. Everyone who comes in contact with us has an opportunity to shift their mindset, to grow and learn, shift world views and deepen their commitment as global citizens. THP-Malawi and community members recently provided this precious opportunity for a group of THP-Australia investors. Tim Allen wrote about the experience and five valuable insights from time spent with staff and partners in Malawi. Read his blog, 5 Things I Discovered in Malawi.

  • Causing Collaboration with CLD Meta-Study: The Movement for Community-led Development (MCLD) unites a range of international development organizations and agencies in a commitment to integrated and community-led solutions at the local level. The World Bank requested that THP, as Secretariat of the Movement, commission and lead a meta-study to create an evidence base of the efficacy of this community-led approach, to be completed in late 2019. Twenty organizations have sent in over 220 studies for evaluation to our THP team in Washington, DC. This study has galvanized the passions and voluntary time of 30 top evaluation experts from 19 organizations including World Vision, Oxfam and others — giving THP’s commitment and investment in the Secretariat leverage and influence. It is truly an example of collaboration on purpose and at scale.

 

The outcome of the study will be valuable for national and regional Movement chapters as they move from the chapter ‘formation and enrollment phase’ into their ‘collaboration in national action’ phase. The study results will also be very valuable for seeking funding for the widespread adoption of this methodology and a tool to address widespread frustration that many major institutional donors still prefer top down, single sector, short term projects.

 

  • Multi-level CLD Partnerships in Action: As part of our process to connect more deeply with Movement partners and identify where there are synergies and new opportunities for collaboration on purpose and at scale, members of our global staff and I met with leaders from Concern USA and BRAC USA last week to discuss ways each organization could champion the Movement, both globally and at the country-level. We will continue to have these high-level meetings in support of our first organizational focus for 2019-2020: Advancing the Movement for Community-led Development. High-level meetings alone won’t get the work done at the national or local level. It’s important to translate this work into action in the field so that the real work to bring entire nations to self-reliance can be catalyzed. See a list of Movement members and a map of where we collectively work here.