In 2011, the global Hunger Project family took the time to reexamine where the world stands in ending chronic hunger and what role we can play. We engaged in a series of consultations, beginning with our Global Board and then with our staff, committees and, of course, our investors.
The world is changing — in short, the international community is moving from patronage to partnership. Countries in the developing world are creating their own strategies to end hunger and poverty, and donor governments are beginning to commit to supporting those strategies. This shift to country ownership is exactly in line with The Hunger Project’s fundamental principle of empowering people to be the authors of their own development.
The Hunger Project has an important role to play. Over the past 20-plus years of implementing programs in thousands of villages across Africa, South Asia and Latin America, we have learned key lessons about how to implement integrated rural development strategies that are sustainable, gender-focused and driven by engaged grassroots communities in partnership with local government. It is time to bring that experience to a larger scale.
We are deeply grateful that in The Hunger Project, our investors understand this way of thinking and are bold, trusting and deeply committed to funding such work. I know we will reach new heights together in our collective quest to end hunger and poverty.
Thank you for your partnership.
Mary Ellen McNish
President and CEO