In August 2012, The Hunger Project carried out a large-scale outcome evaluation pilot project consisting of in-depth interviews, focus groups and household surveys in Ghana and Malawi. The purpose being to evaluate data collection tools being used in the field and to empower epicenter committees to set priorities and track progress for the overall development of Hunger Project programs.
THP-Malawi strengthened its monitoring and evaluation program with trainings in new methods of data collection: iForm builder software on iPod Touch devices. The epicenter also hosted a national launch of the "16 Days of Activism" campaign aimed at ending gender-based violence which brought different institutions and people together.
The goal of the Microfinance Program in each epicenter is to have the facility gain government recognition as a licensed Rural Bank, owned entirely by community members and managed by a majority female board. The Rural Bank then provides the entire epicenter community with sustainable access to savings and credit facilities. THP-Malawi is therefore happy to announce the recognition of two new Rural Banks in Champiti and Ligowe Epicenters.