Gender-focused, Community-led Development in Rural Africa
The Hunger Project’s Epicenter Strategy Brochure
The Hunger Project’s holistic approach empowers women, men and youth living in rural villages to become the agents of their own development and make sustainable progress in overcoming hunger and poverty. While adapted to meet local challenges and opportunities wherever we work, all of our programs have these three essential elements at their foundation:
- Start with Women: Empowering women as key change agents.
- Mobilize Everyone: Mobilizing clusters of rural communities for self-reliant action.
- Engage Government: Forging effective partnerships with local government.
In order to be sustainable, the work of ending hunger requires us to engage with communities using a holistic, multi-sectoral approach with multi-year partnerships that acknowledge that complex human development takes time. In eight countries across Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Senegal and Uganda), The Hunger Project’s Epicenter Strategy mobilizes clusters of rural villages into “epicenters,” which band together 5,000-15,000 people to carry out community-led holistic strategies to meet basic needs. In 2014, women and men in 123 epicenters created and ran their own development programs, reaching nearly 1.6 million people.