March 2008: Jill Lester Visits The Hunger Project - India

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In March 2008, Jill Lester traveled to India, the country of The Hunger Project's first program, to meet many of our colleagues and partners and see first-hand the inspirational work we do on the ground.

Visit to Jaipur

Below are photos from Jill's visit to Jaipur. She was thrilled to have the opportunity to meet with some of the women who serve in India's panchayats and see first hand some of their many achievements.

Reception hosted by Country Director Rita Sarin

Rita Sarin, The Hunger Project-India country director, held a reception to welcome Jill and enable her to meet with the key stakeholders in India from the development sector, bilateral and multilateral agencies, The Hunger Project-India Board, partner organizations, and The Hunger Project Global Board.

Hunger Project country director Rita Sarin (left) with Ms Kanval Gulhati who heads Unniti Foundation in India and Brinda Dubey from our Governing Council (far right).

Annual Partners Meeting

While Jill was in Delhi, she had the opportunity to attend The Hunger Project-India’s annual meeting with partners. In total, 60 people attended, including representatives from 30 of our partner organizations from many of the states in which we are operating, as well as staff from The Hunger Project’s national and state offices. The purpose of this meeting was to create, with our partners, new pathways towards strengthening elected women’s leadership for effective governance. Best practices were shared and future plans were made regarding many issues including: federation building for elected women representatives; effective partnerships with the media; strengthening women’s empowerment in electoral processes; and monitoring and evaluation. Jill remarked that "During these meetings, it was evident to me how passionate The Hunger Project-India staff and our partners are about our work. It was a very informative, forward-looking and inspiring meeting."

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