Chirapaq is offering the tools and training to strengthen the management and planning capacities of women and a targeted focus has been made on their role in the local government’s process of creating and managing participatory budgets as a way to strengthen the entrepreneurial capacities and business management skills.
A partnership between THP-Mozambique and local government brought a team of medical staff to carry out a variety of activities that served both to elevate the level of care available and to mobilize the entire community at Chokwe Epicenter. THP-Mozambique has also been making advocacy inroads with local and international NGOs operating in the area, both initiating seminars and attending conferences.
THP-Mexico encourages both personal and collective autonomy through trainings that empower community partners to rely less on direct government transactions and increase their skills for self-negotiation, income generation and the improvement of the quality of their lives.
The 1,000 Days Initiative – a childhood and maternal health program – was implemented at four of THP-Malawi's eight epicenters. Other program expansion included the inauguration of the Dutch-underwritten Kachindamoto Epicenter and a series of staff trainings at the 2012 Africa Conference in Burkina Faso.
New partnerships, innovative use of radio broadcasting and elected women representatives have increased the visibility of THP-India across eight Indian states. Additionally, cross-federation learning trips have improved state-wide sharing of best practices by THP partners.
In 2012, The Non-Formal Education Division agreed to train THP-Ghana staff as Trainers of Trainers to improve literacy courses; farm input distribution was reworked; and Epicenter Committees, District Assemblies and THP-Ghana signed a Memorandum of Understanding to ensure continuous support for the development and sustainability of epicenters.
Two investor-underwritten epicenters, Enemore and Wurib, were inaugurated at ceremonies attended by Hunger Project leadership. Five of the six epicenters in Ethiopia are maintaining nursery school classes, with a ratio of 1.2 girls enrolled for every boy, and a new health center opened to serve rural community members.
In 2012, The Hunger Project-Burkina developed a first-ever partnership with the national Ministry of Health, bringing greater partnership with medical professionals at the epicenter level. Additionally, the Microfinance Program saw the official recognition of four new rural banks and the installation of new microfinance software to improve program efficiency.
A new round of workshops aim to train 300 more volunteer activists called Union Parishad animators. These animators have already begun to step up efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 including efforts to improve adult literacy, empower women in their communities and reduce primary school dropout rates.
The Hunger Project-India hosted its 12th Sarojini Naidu Prize ceremony in New Delhi on October 1. The Sarojini Naidu Prize annually honors three outstanding journalists for reporting on the breakthroughs and success stories of women's leadership in local government throughout India.