Supporting the MDGs

In September 2000, the leaders of 189 nations made a commitment to achieve specific results by 2015 in eight major areas, results that have come to be known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The Hunger Project is committed to playing a leadership role for the MDGs.

Read A Sustainable Solution to Achieving the MDGs, The Hunger Project's response to the Millennium Development Goals Report 2008.

Here are the key targets for 2015 and highlights of the numerous cutting-edge, large-scale strategies pioneered by The Hunger Project to empower people to achieve the MDGs.

MDG 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger.

Reduce by half the proportion of people living on less than $1 per day.At our epicenters across Africa, thousands of women food farmers are increasing their incomes through training and credit, and strengthening their clout in the marketplace.
Reduce by half the proportion of children that are malnourished.In six of the poorest states of Mexico, we have mobilized people to grow vegetables, build greenhouses and introduce other farm innovations, resulting in better nutrition.

MDG 2: Achieve universal primary education.

Ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling.Across Bangladesh, Hunger Project animators carry out mass mobilizations to ensure 100 percent school registration of girls, and campaigns to reduce drop-out rates.

MDG 3: Achieve gender equality.

Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education, preferably by 2005, and in all levels of education no later than 2015.The Hunger Project goes beyond this target by empowering women as the key change agents for the end of hunger.

In Peru, we brought together indigenous women leaders from across Latin America to create a shared platform of action, including the commitment to train young women as the leaders of tomorrow.

MDG 4: Reduce child mortality.

Reduce the under-five mortality rate by two-thirds, between 1990 and 2015.As a result of the health centers and preschool nutrition programs we have established at our African epicenters, more than 1,000 villages have dramatically reduced child mortality.

MDG 5: Improve maternal health.

Reduce the maternal mortality rate by three-quarters, between 1990 and 2015.About 80,000 elected women representatives trained by The Hunger Project-India work to improve primary health centers and ensure that all women receive pre- and postnatal care.

MDG 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.

Halt and begin to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS, and the incidence of malaria and other diseases, by 2015.Across Africa, more than 1.1 million villagers have taken the HIV/AIDS and Gender Inequality Workshop. The Hunger Project-Malawi has carried out successful campaigns to have villagers use bed nets to prevent Malaria.

MDG 7: Ensure environmental sustainability.

Cut by half the proportion of people without safe drinking water and without sanitation in rural areas.In Bangladesh, The Hunger Project created a national coalition to stop industrial pollution of the air and the water supply.

MDG 8: Develop a global partnership for development.

More fully develop an open, rule-based, predictable, nondiscriminatory trading and financial system.While these are actions that must be taken by governments, Hunger Project investors are a microcosm of the spirit that will be required. Hunger Project investors do not see themselves as donors, but as partners with people living in conditions of hunger and poverty, working together to create a better future for all humanity.
Deal comprehensively with the debt problem.


UPDATE: In 2012, key targets for MDG 1 and 7 were met ahead of schedule. See how.