On the Record: THP in the News

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June 28, 2014

The Hindu - Call for Giving Priority to Women Sanitation
Panchayat union representatives interacted with administrators on important women's issues at a meeting on Friday, June 27, 2014. Read the full article.

April 18, 2014

MSNBC Morning Joe - What it’s like to live on $1.50 a day
The Global Poverty Project’s Hugh Evans and the World Food Program USA’s Hunter Biden join Morning Joe to discuss the "Live Below the Line" campaign, which raises awareness on extreme poverty. Watch the full segment.

April 11, 2014

Christian Science Monitor - Could you live below the line?
The Live Below the Line project April 28-May 2 aims to help people understand extreme poverty more personally by spending only $1.50 a day on food. Read the full article.

March 21, 2014

Huffington Post Impact - A Shared Experience -- Could You Live On $1.50 a Day?
The Live Below the Line campaign is a challenge to eat and drink on just $1.50 per day for one -- five days to understand the lack of choice and opportunity faced by the 1.2 billion people who live in this cycle of extreme poverty. Read the full article.

March 19, 2014

Odisha Sun Times - Elected women PRIs share experience with media
Elected women representatives of Balianta and Bhubaneswar Block of Khurdha district in India shared their experiences with the media at an interactive program. Read the full article.

February 19, 2014

Africa Renewal - Gendering Agriculture: Women spearhead efforts to feed the continent
Do land, seeds and crops have a gender? Perhaps they do in sub-Saharan Africa, where women produce up to 80% of foodstuffs for household consumption and sale in local markets, according to a report by the World Bank and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Read the full article.

December 11, 2013

The Times of India - Harassed women must complain, so offenders are not spared
The Hunger Project-India's Elected Women Association educates women about their rights in order to eradicate gender discrimination. Read the full article.

November 1, 2013

live mint & The Wall Street Journal - The Hunger Project | How the women found their voice
Through training and support, The Hunger Project is helping women in panchayats in India to have their say. Read the full article.

October 23, 2013

Ghana Web - Japanese grant to provide water for 10 clinics
Ten clinics in Ghana's Eastern Region are to receive clean and safe water supply under a $119,964 Japanese grant. Read the full article.

August 13, 2013

Norway- Navigating Political Leadership of elected Women Leaders and Promoting Local Democracy in India
Rita Sarin, Global vice president and Country Director of The Hunger Project (NGO) in India, has been given writer of the month recognition by the Norwegian embassy for her article on women's rights. Read the full article.

August 8, 2013

Malawi President Joyce Banda Opens Majete 1 Epicentre
Malawi President Joyce Banda was on hand to inaugurate a new epicenter in Malawi, praising The Hunger Project endeavor as a great partnership between civil society organizations and government. Read the full article.

July 21, 2013

The Daily Star- Rein in Inequality to Cut Poverty Further
The Hunger Project (NGO) in Bangladesh organized a program addressing poverty and achievements. With the WB assessment in mind, results of the decline in poverty brought optimism and marked goals and space for improvement in the future. Read the full article.

April 5, 2013

Humanitaire - Fight Against Hunger In Senegal
27 years after its predecessor, The Hunger Project President Mary Ellen McNish came to Senegal to see the work done by the national leadership, whose activities are confined to three of the fourteen regions in the country. At Ndereppe she visited the epicenter and the product exposure. Read the full article (French).

February 17, 2013

Agence de Presse Senegalaise- Hunger Project Plans to Expand Areas of Intervention
The president of the non-governmental organization (NGO) The Hunger Project, Marie Ellen Mcnish magnified the achievements of the Senegalese team, promising a strengthening and broadening of the intervention of the structure in through a strengthened partnership with the state. Read the full article (French).

December 6, 2012

Sud Quotidien - The Hunger Project Senegal Invests in Ndereppe
THP-Senegal Country Director Madeleine Cisse declares the importance and urgency of HIV/AIDS testing and awareness at Ndereppe Epicenter for International AIDS Day. Read the full article.

November 21, 2012

Huffington Post Impact - The Power of Grassroots Democracy by Mary Ellen McNish
As a part of the #GivingTuesday series, The Hunger Project President and CEO Mary Ellen McNish discusses one Indian woman's work to unite a community for the end of hunger and poverty as an example of the power of grassroots democracy.Read the full article.

November 13, 2012

Huffington Post Impact - A Tool for Protection, Prevention and Exercising a Human Right
As a part of the #GivingTuesday series, Country Director for The Hunger Project-Malawi, Rowlands Kaotcha, is featured by Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE) Vice President Mary Beth Hastings for THP's efforts to debunk the myths around female condoms so women in Malawi can protect themselves. Read the full article.

July 17, 2012

Ghana News Agency - Support to Women to Contest for Elective Positions
Country Director for The Hunger Project-Ghana, Dr. Naana Agyemang-Mensah, is featured for THP's efforts to tackle the under-representation of women in Ghana's political processes. Read the full article.

July 3, 2012

L'Observateur Paalga (Burkina Faso) - Investir dans les hommes pour un developpement de qualite
In July 2012 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, THP held a conference on Strategic Planning for Sustainable Development in Africa, in which THP staff from the eight African countries where we work along with key Global Office staff participated. Government officials, including Minister for the Promotion of Women, Nestorine Sangaré, and press from national television and the most widely read daily newspaper in Burkina, L'Observateur Paalga, joined for the launch of the conference. See the article (in French).

June 19, 2012

WBEZ Chicago's Worldview - Searching for sustainable hunger solutions in Bangladesh
Dr. Badiul Majumdar, Vice President and Country Director for The Hunger Project-Bangladesh, explains why poverty remains such a persistent problem in Bangladesh and what steps he is taking to elevate the social mindset in the country. Listen to the interview.

April 20, 2012

Oprah's Next Chapter - An Indian Woman Fights for Widows
Celebrity host, Oprah, visits with Hunger Project board member, Dr. V Mohini Giri at Guild For Service -- Dr. Giri's project in India that provides a safe haven, job training and dignity to more than 100 displaced women. Watch the interview.

April 10, 2012

BBC - Joyce Banda: Malawi's first female president
Africa Prize Laureate, Joyce Banda, is profiled in BBC World News for her presidential appointment. Read the full story.

March 27, 2012

South-South News - The Hunger Project Finds Solutions to the World's Poverty Problems
Hunger Project Executive Vice President, John Coonrod, answers questions about THP programs for the UN news agency, South-South News. Watch the full story.

March 20, 2012

Forbes - Dionne Warwick's View of World Hunger Day 2012 by Dan Schawbel
Dionne speaks about her passion for humanitarian action and her role in the upcoming World Hunger Day 2012. Read full article.

March 8, 2012

Trust Law, Reuters - International Women's Day Q&A with John Coonrod
On International Women's Day 2012, Hunger Project Executive Vice President, John Coonrod, is interviewed by Reuters journalist, Carole Vaporean. Read the full article.

February 20, 2012

The Daily Star - Changing society from within
Grassroots researchers, in partnership with The Hunger Project and BRAC, tackle tough social obstacles -- such as a woman's rights to vote and child marriage. Read the full article.

January 30, 2012

InterPress Service (IPS) News Agency - Rural Women's Banks Ease Tough Times
IPS meets women from THP-Uganda's six women-led Rural Banks who have started businesses and changed their families' lives as a part of The Hunger Project Microfinance Program. Read full article.

December 5, 2011

Agfax Reporting Science in Africa - Rural Banking Targets Women Farmers
Agfax reporter Wambi Michael visits a Hunger Project rural bank in Wakiso, Uganda to interview the bank manager, Rose Nanyonga, and customer Dorothy Kabajungu. Listen to the interviews.

December 1, 2011

Agence de Presse Sénégalaise - Dendéye (Mbacke), THP Invites Community Members to Voluntary HIV Testing
Members of Sam Contor Epicenter in western Senegal came together on World AIDS Day 2011 to take part in voluntary HIV testing. 

November 18, 2011

The Salisbury Post - Project Aims to Eradicate Hunger Around the World by Kathy Chaffin
Dr. John Coonrod, executive vice president of The Hunger Project, encouraged the 70-plus people gathered at the Center for the Environment facility Tuesday evening to “sustain their enthusiasm” in working to eradicate hunger and other problems in the world today. Read full article.

August 25, 2011

New Vision - Wakiso Epicenter Gets sh400m by Saudha Nakandha
The Ugandan Government invests US$140,000 in The Hunger Project-Uganda and Wakiso Epicenter to fight hunger & build the capacity of more than 3,000 villagers. 

June 6, 2011

Agence de Presse Sénégalaise - Diourbel (Senegal): Idrissa Dicko visits the achievements of Sam Contor Hunger Project
Local news reports on a recent visit by Vice President of Africa Programs for The Hunger Project, Dr. Idrissa Dicko, to Sam Contor Epicenter in eastern Senegal. 

April 26, 2011

Worldview WBEZ - Global Activism: Bringing up communities to eliminate poverty in Ghana, Country Director Dr. Naana Agyemang-Mensah featured on Chicago Public Radio
Dr. Naana has been directing THP-Ghana for the past decade. She discusses the importance of women in community development and how, despite the name, The Hunger Project tackles more than food security issues. Listen to the interview.

April 26, 2011

The MDG Review - From subsistence livelihood to viable business by Ekaterina Mitiaev
Hunger Project consultant Ekaterina Mitiaev discusses the benefits of smallholding versus commercial agriculture in developing regions and provides examples of Hunger Project innovations. Read full article.

February 4, 2011

The Huffington Post - Giving Up Half of Our Possessions Made Our Family Whole by Kevin Salwen
When Hannah Salwen asked her parents to sell their house and donate half of the money to The Hunger Project, they did just that. Kevin Salwen, Hannah's father and co-author of 'The Power of Half: One Family's Decision to Stop Taking and Start Giving Back' discusses his family's journey from materialism to philanthropy. Read full article.

January 24, 2011

The Huffington Post - Why Women Are the Key to Ending Hunger by Vivian Glyck
Vivian Glyck cites Nicholas Kristof in support of a Hunger Project principle: "Women are the key to ending hunger in Africa." Read full article.

January 18, 2011

PatnaDaily.com - Caravan Flagged off to Promote Women's Empowerment
The Hunger Project in Bihar, India launched a 'Leadership Caravan' which will visit a number of districts in Bihar to raise awareness of women's empowerment and inform women in rural areas of their rights and entitlements. Read full article.

January 9, 2011

Examiner.com - Dionne Warwick performs for Hunger Project Concert on 70th Birthday by Jodi Jill
With 2,000 attendees, the World Hunger Day Gala Concert at London’s Apollo Theater on January 9, 2011 was a huge success. Eager to raise awareness about the current state of world hunger, Natalie Cole and Elaine Paige joined Dionne Warwick and friends on stage among over 100 performers. Read full article.

January 6, 2011

The Times - India's Barefoot Revolution by Karen Bartlett
Karen Bartlett, a journalist at The Times, speaks to THP-India Country Director Rita Sarin and discusses The Hunger Project’s pioneering methods in helping rural Indian villages achieve access to public services, sanitation, healthcare and primary education. Read full article.

January 6, 2011

Voice Online - Warwick Sings for World Hunger Day by Rodney Hinds
“I'm so thrilled to be able to support this project's incredible growth…” Dionne Warwick expresses her excitement about working with The Hunger Project-UK in the ongoing fight to end world hunger. Read full article.

December 19, 2010

The Daily Star - Free polls from fear of defeat
“A person empowered with self-esteem cannot remain poor.” So titled, the 10th Annual Hunger Project Animators reunion on December 18 called on the youth of Bangladesh to vote responsibly in the upcoming elections and highlighted the urgency of matters like self-empowerment, women’s rights, preservation of environment and children’s health. Read full article.

November 7, 2010

Agence de Presse Sénégalaise - Senegal AIDS Screening: Five People in one Family Living with HIV
THP-Sengal's HIV/AIDS awareness workshops and free, anonymous testing in partnership with local government have allowed over 295 individuals to be tested at the Diokoul Epicenter in western Senegal. THP-Senegal works with local health authorities to encourage participation in free testing days by ensuring total confidentiality, as well as free aniti-retroviral (ARV) treatment. At a THP-Senegal sponsored session this month, a family of five was diagnosed as HIV-positive, marking the first step to providing treatment for both parents and all three children. 

November 7, 2010

The White House - A US-India Partnership on Open Government posted by Samantha Power
During a trip to Mumbai, President Obama attended an Expo on Democracy and Open Government, where he heard from The Hunger Project. The President met a woman leader from a rural Panchayat who -- once elected -- overcame the opposition of the village leaders and mobilized her community to build the village's first-ever school for girls. Read full article.

November 7, 2010

Hindustan Times - VIP Visitor's Brush with Rural India by Sadaf Modak
Showcasing the strength of local self-government bodies was Sharmibai (35), sarpanch of her village, Sirohi in Rajasthan. Sharmibai, who heads the panchayat of 10 members, including five men, was on her first visit to the city. "Meeting the leader and telling him about our efforts to better our village was great. I have lots to tell to my villagers..." said Sharmibai, who represented the The Hunger Project, which works towards eradicating hunger. Read full article.

September 21, 2010

All-Africa.com - Malawi: Can Micro-Finance Help Africa Achieve the MDGs? by Andrea Lynett
This article features The Hunger Project's Microfinance Program in Malawi, which currently reaches more than 110,000 people in 190 villages. It shares the story of Delifa Zulu, a mother of five from Nancholi who sells vegetables in the market thanks to a loan from THP. "When I am here I can fend for my family," she says with a smile. "And my children are all able to go to school." Read full article.

September 14, 2010

CNN - Connector of the Day: Dionne Warwick
“We have to be able to empower people; to let them know that they can do this. This is not a hand out, this is a hand up.” Dionne Warwick talks to CNN’s Becky Anderson about The Hunger Project’s January 9, 2011 World Hunger Day Gala Concert. Dionne’s one message to the world on World Hunger Day, “If you can think it, you can do it.” Watch the full interview.

February 23, 2010

MediaGlobal - Global financial crisis derails MDG progress in Asia-Pacific region
This article draws attention to a new report that documents the effects of the global financial crisis on MDG progress in the Asia-Pacific region. THP's opinion on the impact of the crisis was sought out for inclusion in the article. A quote by Anastasia Andrzejewski, spokesperson for THP, is included. MediaGlobal is an independent international media organization, based in the United Nations. 

February 15, 2010

Voice of America News - Family Sells Home for Hunger by Philip Graitcer
In this article on the Salwen family's decision to downsize to a smaller home and donate half the proceeds from the sale to The Hunger Project, Kevin Salwen is quoted as saying: "What we loved about The Hunger Project was that their methodology was 'We trust in the people in these communities to build their own futures.'" Also appearing is a photo of a Hunger Project epicenter in Ghana. Read full article.

February 15, 2010

Boston Globe - ‘Power of Half' is full of inspiration by Bill Williams
In this book review of the Power of Half, Williams remarks that "one of the best parts of the book is the Salwens' conscientious effort to determine what type of aid programs actually work...After completing their research, the Salwens take the unusual step of interviewing executives at four aid groups before finally settling on The Hunger Project...[which runs] programs aimed at helping villagers become more economically self-reliant." Read the full article.

February 8, 2010

ABC World News with Diane Sawyer - Family Sells $1.5 Million Home for One That's Half the Price
Video footage featuring The Hunger Project's work in Ghana makes a brief appearance on a leading national television news program in the US. This is yet another interview of the father-daughter author team of Kevin and Hannah Salwen who have written a book, The Power of Half, on how their family sold their home and invested half of the home's sale to The Hunger Project. Watch the video.

February 7, 2010

CBS Sunday Morning News - Charity begins...Selling Your Home for Charity
CBS's Mark Strassman looks at the Salwen family's decision to sell their home and give the profits to charity, and explores American charitable giving in general. The piece highlights the work of The Hunger Project in Ghana, where the Salwens have directed their funding. Watch the video.

February 5, 2010

Public Radio International - Giving: The Power of Half
Learn why the Salwen family decided The Hunger Project (THP) is "a cut above" other organizations that work to end hunger and poverty. In this radio interview, Kevin and Hannah Salwen, the authors of The Power of Half, discuss THP's effective strategies and the organization's "complete empowerment of the people who are building their own futures." Listen to the full interview.

January 23, 2010

New York Times - What Could You Live Without? by Nicholas D. Kristof
NY Times Op-ed Columnist Nicholas Kristof shares the story of the Salwen family, who decided to sell their home and donate half the proceeds to charity. "We essentially traded stuff for togetherness and connectedness," Salwen says. In the article, Kristof notes, "One reason for that togetherness was the complex process of deciding how to spend the money. The Salwens researched causes and charities, finally settling on the Hunger Project, a New York City-based international development organization that has a good record of tackling global poverty." Read the article.

January 15, 2010

Parade Magazine - Why We Gave Away Our Home by Kevin Salwen
Hunger Project investor Kevin Salwen shares the story of his family, who sold their home and donated half of the proceeds to The Hunger Project. Kevin tells us how his daughter Hannah challenged them to be "a family that makes a difference in the world," and how they came to select THP. Read the article.

December 22, 2009

Reporter's Notebook - Hunger in New York City and Beyond
In this podcast, Jill Lester, President and CEO of The Hunger Project, talks about the problem of global hunger and shares The Hunger Project's unique strategies for tackling hunger and poverty. Listen to the podcast.

November-December 2009

The Vegetarian Times - who 2 give 2: Vegetarian Times's Annual Charity Guide by Rachel Dowd
THP is one of the five non-profits featured in this annual giving guide. Read the article (PDF 2.49 MB).

September 21, 2009

The Nation (Malawi) - Living Positively with HIV, AIDS by Deogratias Mmana
This article features Meliya Mwambucha, a 40-year old HIV-positive woman who, after being turned down for loans from elsewhere, took a loan from THP and now has a successful small business. "It's like The Hunger Project has resurrected me from the grave. I was dying and I am now revived," she says. Read the full article.

September 7, 2009

Empowering Women Worldwide: The Hunger Project on Campus, FeelGood by Cassie Potler
In this inaugural issue of HerCampus.com, author Cassie Potler highlights the work of THP and FeelGood. She quotes President and CEO, Jill Lester, "THP is about joy. It is about the joy people feel when they can look after their families and satisfy their needs. When they can provide for themselves and solve their own hunger problems, they are joyous—they are happy." Read the full article.

August 17, 2009

The New York Times - The Women's Crusade by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
(also printed in the New York Times Magazine Special Issue on Saving the World's Women, August 23, 2009)
"Women and girls aren't the problem; they're the solution." In this article, Kristof and WuDunn give an overview of the many challenges women in the developing world face and highlight the opportunity of focusing on women and girls. THP is cited as an organization that promotes women as the key to ending hunger. The New York Times also listed THP as an organization supporting women in developing countries.

This essay is adapted from Kristof and WuDunn's forthcoming book "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide." Read full article.

August 3, 2009

Devex - Hunger Project Beefs up Project Evaluation, Event-Based Fundraising by Ingrid Ahlgren
In this interview, Jill Lester, President and CEO of The Hunger Project, spoke with Devex about her priorities and goals for THP as it moves forward during tough economic times. Read full interview.

July 21, 2009

Montel Across America - THP President and CEO Jill Lester is interviewed by Montel Williams
Jill Lester speaks with Montel Williams on Air America about the work of THP and the recent G8 announcement on food security. Jill highlights the critical role women play in food security.

May 4, 2009

Daily Graphic (Ghana) - Africa Can Feed Her People by Kofi Yeboah
Economic mismanagement by African leaders poses a greater threat to the Millennium Development Goals than the current global financial crisis, the Vice President of The Hunger Project, Dr. Fitigu Tadesse has observed. 

April 9, 2009

Skepticism Takes the Day Off (Aid Watch) by William Easterly
When you see men voluntarily breaking rocks in the hot sun to build their village's community center, you think they must really want it. I saw this on a visit to a project by The Hunger Project in the Eastern Region of Ghana. The Hunger Project believes in people helping themselves. Read full blog entry.

April 4, 2009

Jill Lester, President and CEO of The Hunger Project, featured on the radio program, Saturday Extra.
Jill spoke about The Hunger Project's unique approach, with a focus on our work in sub-Saharan Africa, on this popular radio program, which airs on Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Radio National. Listen to the broadcast (approx 14 mins).

March 8, 2009

Times of India - Agents of Change March On by Meenakshi Kumar.
Village women appear to be genuinely empowered by election to panchayats...Even more encouraging...they have emerged from the shadows of their male patrons. Rita Sarin, country director of The Hunger Project, an NGO working to empower women, sees this as a natural progression...[and] is confident that as more women come forward, they will be less dependent on husbands or other male relatives for decision-making. Read the full article.

January 2009

"The Hunger Project" in Ethiopia by Kathryn Mahoney, in Bread for the World's 2009 hunger report, "Global Development: Charting a New Course."
Through the African Woman Food Farmer Initiative, Alamii Tufaa, a 22-year-old Ethiopian farmer, can now proudly support her family and, for the first time, has enough savings to protect them in case of emergency. Read the full article.

January 5, 2009

Statement to address questions regarding The Hunger Project's involvement with the Clinton Foundation. The Hunger Project's only financial involvement with the Clinton Foundation has been to pay dues to participate in the annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Conference. Learn more.

December 20, 2008The Sydney Morning Herald - The Bottom Line by Connie Levett
Less than a year after taking the reins at The Hunger Project, Lester says her new job had a huge impact on her life: "in my passion, determination and drive to make a difference in the way people perceive development policy"...Read full article.
October 22, 2008

The Hunger Project and 2008 Africa Prize Laureate, Janet Nkubana, Featured on ABC News!
Janet Nkubana is Founder and President of Gahaya Links, a cooperative of nearly 4,000 weavers in Rwanda and the recipient of The Hunger Project's 2008 Africa Prize. Watch the video clip!

September 29, 2008Worldview - Global Activism: A Strategy to End World Hunger, US Fundraiser Jim Whitton featured on Chicago Public Radio
The Hunger Project has empowered millions of men and women to end hunger in their own lives. Jim Whitton speaks about the Hunger Project philosophy.(download audio)
August 2008Monday Developments (InterAction) - Downsizing for Development: U.S. Teen Inspires Family to Sell Home to Help Others Abroad by Anastasia Andrzejewski
Hannah suggests that when a teenager takes action to make a difference, their action may have an even greater impact than ever imagined...(download pdf of full article)
July 18, 2008News India Times (Vol. XXXIX No. 29) — The Hunger Project; Empowering Women to Be Change Agents by Ela Dutt
The 30-year old Radhia Adivasi, Sarpanch of the village council (panchayat) in Chak Dehi village, Madhya Pradesh, has brought benefits to her 1,800 constituents...She is the kind of woman The Hunger Project has worked with over the years to build leadership capacity for local democracy to function and succeed...(download pdf of full article)
July 7, 2008The Hunger Project featured on two major networks in one day!
June 11, 2008The Hunger Project Press Release: Over 1.6 Million Mobilized to End Own Hunger
June 2008Rivaaj Magazine — The Hunger Project: Empowering Women to Make a Change in Their Communities
It is clear that women's leadership in panchayats is transforming India. These elected women — now role models to other women in their communities — are altering the development agenda to address issues critical to village life...(link to full article)
May 20, 2008The Sydney Morning Herald — Women-run Banks Are Breaking the Poverty Cycle
by Connie Levett.
...there are ways to escape the poverty and chronic hunger trap, said Ms Abdella, an Ethiopian aid worker with the New York-based The Hunger Project, established in 1977. She is in Australia to raise awareness about the non-government organisation's microfinance program, which empowers women to break the cycle... (link to full article)
May 15, 2008The Hunger Project Statement on the Current Situation in Burma - May 2008
May 5, 2008The Hunger Project Statement on the World Food Crisis - May 2008
April 29, 2008Letter to the Editor submitted to the Economist by Jill Lester, in response to "The New Face of Hunger," April 19, 2008 (download pdf of letter) (link to full article)
April 19, 2008The Daily Star (Bangladesh) — Women Leaders Vow to Establish Gender-Equality
Around a thousand women yesterday vowed to resist those running a violent street campaign against the national women development policy. They made the vow at the second national convocation organised by The Hunger Project, a non-government organisation working to end poverty and hunger...(link to full article)
April 16, 2008Letter to the Editor submitted to the New York Times by Jill Lester, in response to "U.N. Panel Urges Changes to Feed Poor While Saving Environment," April 16, 2008, by Steven Erlanger (download pdf of letter) (link to full article)
April 4, 2008Letter to the Editor submitted to the Philadelphia Inquirer by Jill Lester, in response to "The 'Bottom Billion,'" March 30, 2008, by Paul Polak (download pdf)
April 1, 2008Letter to the Editor submitted to the Los Angeles Times by Jill Lester,in response to "A 'Perfect Storm' of Hunger," April 1, 2008 by Tracy Wilkinson and Edmund Sanders (download pdf of letter) (link to full article)
March 24, 2008Letter to the Editor submitted to the Financial Times by Jill Lester, in response to "UN Pleads for $500 Million to Avoid Food Crisis," March 24, 2008, by Javier Blas (download pdf of letter) (link to full article)
March 24, 2008The Hindu — Women Empowerment Brings Social Change in Many Palani Villages
A year-long training, continuous and effective awareness campaign on rights and powers of local bodies and timely guidance for proper administration of local bodies help several women representatives of local bodies in Palani taluk achieve their desired goals in administration and take government schemes to people, mostly in remote villages in time, thanks to a leadership training programme organised under Hunger Project...
March 24, 2008Hindustan Times — India Has Most Elected Women Representatives
Since 2000, the Hunger Project has trained over 65,000 women panchayat leaders in legal, financial and administrative aspects of running a local government. It is is working in 14 states...
March 21, 2008Christian Science Monitor — Readers Respond to 'An End to Poverty' by Mark Lange
Jill Lester: "Poverty will not end until and unless the girls and women of the developing world are empowered...(link to article)
March 11, 2008Investing in Women and Girls: NYC Celebrates International Women's Day
Several hundred women andmen gathered last Thursday evening at St. Bartholomew’s Church in midtown Manhattan to celebrate International Women’s Day. The celebration, organized by a coalition of organizations was one of the only public events in New York City outside the United Nations system...(pdf of press release)
March 8, 2008Hindustan Times — Eye on the Future
Not one to sit at home, and weep Guneet accepted the setback and got on with her life...[She] soon found herself volunteering at the now Qutub-based organisation, The Hunger Project. Today she manages their PR and communications portfolio...(link to full article)
March 7, 2008Letter to the Editor submitted to The Guardian (UK) by Jill Lester, in response to "Action on Poverty Leaving Women and Girls Behind - Report," March 7, 2008, by Larry Elliott (download pdf of letter) (link to full article)
March 4, 2008Metro — Voices: Time to Invest in Women by Jill Lester
There's no doubt about it — Flora Mtuwana is an extraordinary woman. This mother of two from Malawi spent most of her life in a daily struggle to meet the basic needs of her family...(link to full article)
March 2008 Women, Power and Politics — Two Million Women Leaders and Counting
(An online exhibit of the International Museum of Women)
Because women are traditionally responsible for meeting their families' basic needs, their contribution to local government has been crucial. It is clear that women's leadership in panchayats is transforming India...(link to full article).
February 12, 2008Letter to the Editor submitted to the New York Times by Rita Sarin, Country Director of The Hunger Project-India, in response to the article by Nicholas Kristof entitled "When Women Rule" (download pdf)
February 8, 2008Burlington Free Press — Curbing Hunger, Here and Beyond
Social action comes in many forms these days, sometimes in unlikely combinations, such as: grilled cheese makers in Vermont teaming up with female farmers in Burkina Faso. Or students' grasping world hunger issues ... with greasy fingers.
January 26, 2008Letter to the Editor submitted to The Economist by Jill Lester, in response to "The Starvelings," January 26, 2008 (download pdf of letter) (link to full article)
December 2, 2007Hindustan Times — Good Things Happen When Women Govern
Rita Sarin, country director of the Hunger Project, argues that this is all to the good. When a woman holds the reins, she is more likely to invest government monies in providing better quality rations to the needy than in constructing a lamppost...(link to full article)
December 2007Women and Ending Hunger — The Inextricable Link by Joan Holmes
Featured in the UN World Food Programme's Hunger Series 2007: Hunger and Health. Get information on how to order the publication.
August 2001Statement on Robert Mugabe and the situation in Zimbabwe.