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Over Two Decades of Activism to End Global Hunger

S. Hardwick - Long-time hunger activist in New Zealand

For over two decades, veteran activist and Aucklander, Shirley Hardwick, has been working to end global hunger. If you were in intermediate school in the eighties in New Zealand, there is a good chance that, during geography class, you saw an educational video on chronic persistent hunger which Shirley had sent to the teacher. 

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THP-Burkina Epicenter Welcomes Council Members

Burkina Epicenters Welcome Council Members

THP-Burkina is moving forward with epicenter tours to build relationships with Council Members and newly elected officials.

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During their Trip to Africa, THP Leaders Strengthen Relations with Heads of State

Mary Ellen McNish Meets with Leaders and Staff

During a March 2013 trip to Africa, THP President and CEO Mary Ellen McNish, Vice President for Africa Dr. Idrissa Dicko and other staff leaders met with two African heads of state: His Excellency Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso and His Excellency Macky Sall of Senegal.

Both leaders were knowledgeable about The Hunger Project’s programs in their countries and looked forward to learning more. H.E. Macky Sall’s Chief of Staff was from a village where THP’s Ndereppe Epicenter is located and was very aware of the progress made in the villages there as a result of The Hunger Project’s work.

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Stopping Two-Child Laws that Harm Women Leaders in India

Indian woman at community planning meeting with her two children, 2011

At a time when The Hunger Project has empowered more than 80,000 elected women representatives in India to be effective change agents in their villages, ambitious women’s voices are being silenced by a Two-Child Norm policy that prohibits the participation of any representative with more than two living children. The policy restricts women’s political participation, hampers the growth of female political leadership, and further marginalizes the most effective community of leaders.

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THP-Mexico Moves Closer to Self Sufficiency

Mexico Update to the Global Board

During the last half of 2012, THP-Mexico had its first Inter-regional meeting and worked with 21,380 grassroots partners across 22 communities of nine municipalities in three states: Oaxaca, Chiapas and Zacatecas. In Chiapas, community partners received training from the National Institute for Cooperatives Development to begin to commercialize products in New York. In Zacatecas, THP Mexico helped revise current plans for the poultry farm. Additionally, THP Mexico joined advocacy campaigns and participated in advocacy meetings

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Safe and Transparent Microfinance with the Smart Campaign

The Hunger Project endorses The Smart Campaign for safe and transparent microfinance programs

Critics of microfinance express concern that financial service providers are more interested in maximizing profits than meeting the needs of their poor clients and a new global effort, known as the Smart Campaign, aims to right this wrong. By identifying a set of common standards to guide all microfinance operations, the Smart Campaign provides a useful framework around which those who value putting clients first can rally. The Hunger Project recently signed on as an endorser of the Smart Campaign to demonstrate that it agrees with the idea that all microfinance clients deserve transparent, respectful and prudent services.

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Top Ten Actions to Make Post-2015 "Local"

Top 10 Actions to Make Post-2015 "Local" -- Ethiopian women take part in a health training conducted by local gov't workers.

The Hunger Project's Executive Vice President John Coonrod details the ten priority actions the world community can take to ensure that the Post-2015 agenda adheres to the principles of “Local First.” As originally published on Local First.

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Building Participatory Democracy from the Bottom Up in Rural Bangladesh


In May 2013, The Hunger Project-Bangladesh launched a two-year project, supported by the United Nations Democracy Fund, to build the capacity of both the elected local government bodies known as Union Parishads and grassroots civil society to work together to achieve the Millennium Development Goals.

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Mexico Programs Honored with Premio Compartir Award

THP-Mexico Receives Prestigious Premio Compartir Award

We are proud to announce that The Hunger Project-México has been awarded the 25th annual Premio Compartir (Share Prize) in the Category of Community Development Institutions. Awards are given based on the social impact the programs have achieved, highlighting sustainability as a key factor in alleviating social challenges.

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Measuring Empowerment: The Columbia SIPA Team’s Experience in Mexico and Benin

Columbia SIPA Team in Mexico. How do we measure empowerment?

In March 2013, a Columbia School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) team of six split into two and embarked on field visits to two country offices: Mexico and Benin. In addition to seeking a better understanding of The Hunger Project's (THP's) mission and activities on the ground, the Team went to test a new communications tool with M&E officers in the field. Read their review of the experience.

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