South Asia

Some of the initiatives and programs making change in South Asia are:

  • Development of laws guaranteeing women a place in local democracy
  • Strengthening elected women leaders
  • Breaking the cycle of malnutrition
  • Instituting and celebrating National Girl Child Day
  • Prioritizing maternal and childhood nutrition

What’s next? 

The work in India will continue on addressing both practical and strategic gender needs of women. Intersectionalities in the work of women’s political empowerment will be explored; a gender analytical framework will be used to empower adolescent girls & address early child marriage, engage on WASH, food security & livelihoods.

In Bangladesh, THP will seek to empower and strengthen the elected representatives of Union Parishads to provide catalytic leadership, awaken and mobilize the community people, especially the women and the youth to take self-reliant actions, and build a civil society from the grassroots by mobilizing volunteers to be the change agents. The approach in Bangladesh calls for forging a partnership between the Union Parishad, government functionaries, other development actors and the community to pursue a women-focused, community-led development strategy to help achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

What has been achieved to date?


Women leaders have prevailed, showing amazing tenacity and achieving incredible results against all odds. They have succeeded in bringing water, health, education and electricity to their villages despite threats and brutalities.

  • The Hunger Project has trained more than 83,000 Elected Women Representatives in India who are bringing water and electricity to their villages


  • 272,000 locally trained volunteers in Bangladesh are mobilizing their fellow villagers to take action to end their own hunger




Some of the initiatives and programs making change in Africa are:

  • The epicentre strategy (read about it here)
  • Implementation of The Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of Hunger
  • Microfinancing Program
  • HIV/AIDS and Gender Inequality workshops

What has been achieved to date?

  • 123 Epicentres across 8 countries in Africa
  • More than 1.8 million people reached through our unique Epicentre Strategy
  • More than 1.169 million people trained in VCA Workshops
  • 83% of individuals reported they had the ability to change their communities

“I assure that I will never be tired of sharing the knowledge I have to help others in ending hunger and poverty.” - Adélia Mate, a Hunger Project Partner in Mozambique

When Amina was asked how she feels about Atuobikrom Epicenter graduating to self-reliance in 2016, she said “I know if I take a loan, will work, pay it back and take charge of my on affairs. I have no fears. I have confidence in our leadership and think we’ll be able to continue without The Hunger Project”. ~ Amina Kasim, a member and shareholder of the Atuobikrom Epicenteer Microfinance Program Credit Committee in Ghana


Latin America

Some of the initiatives and programs making change in Latin America are:

  • Focus on rural and indigenous communities

  • Decentralized, gender-focused empowerment strategy in partnership with local government

  • Work with Chirapaq (Center for Indigenous Peoples' Cultures of Peru), to empower a network of indigenous women's organizations who are promoting access to opportunities, the exercise of women's and indigenous rights and collaboration with local and regional governments.

What’s next? 

Mexico has been working hard to implement the global strategic plan. As part of its approach, Mexico is scaling up partnerships to invest resources, expertise, and work in our integral model for gender focused community-led development. They are also continuing to deepen its impact by working with rural women and addressing climate change. Mexico is also working to mobilize various sectors of the Mexican society to promote and practice a new development paradigm that puts at the center the power of people, mainly rural women, to transform social inequalities.

What has been achieved to date?


In partnership with the communities and local governments, The Hunger Project-Mexico works in the following capacities:

  • Vision, commitment & Action for community development
  • Building partnerships with local government
  • National advocacy


There are four programmatic areas of work which include:

  • An indigenous women’s program working to strengthen and empower networks of indigenous women’s organizations
  • Food security and sovereignty
  • Noqanchiq, meaning “From Ourselves”, which focuses on the reaffirmation of cultural identity of indigenous girls, boys and young people; and
  • Cultural and political advocacy

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