Gender-focused, community-led development for all
The Hunger Project has a two-part mission: to pioneer the methodologies you’ll find on this site, and to advocate for their widespread adoption in countries around the world. We advocate in alliance with hundreds of like-minded civil-society organizations and other stakeholders who share our values and our determination to achieve the profound transformation required to support women, men and youth as the authors of their own development.
Transforming Mindsets for Transformative Change
In engaging with policy makers, The Hunger Project establishes relationships based on a spirit of partnership, in order to transform the underlying mental models that give rise to the current top-down paradigm – the paradigm we intend to transform.
In 2015, after the most participatory policy making process in human history, the world community adopted “Transforming our world: the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development.” Its 17 Sustainable Development Goals – the SDGs – include the bold goal The Hunger Project has stood for since 1977 – Zero Hunger. Like The Hunger Project, the 17 SDGs “seek to realize the human rights of all and to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. They are integrated and indivisible and balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental.”
The Hunger Project is in consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and was actively involved in the creation of the SDGs. We championed a strong emphasis on gender equality, sustainable communities, and participatory governance.
The Movement for Community-led Development
The Movement for Community-led Development was launched on the day the SDGs were adopted. “Community-led Development” (CLD) is a fairly new umbrella term that describes the process of working together to create and achieve locally owned visions and goals. CLD is a step-by-step process based on deep human principles, beginning with the acknowledgement that people lead and control their own lives, and that development interventions must come as allies, walking alongside people and communities for what will be a short time, relative to the past and future of a people and a place. We start with women, and build on local strengths to achieve systemic change as opposed to running short-term projects. All strategies pioneered by The Hunger Project are CLD approaches, as are those of many other organizations.
Movement members not only share this commitment to CLD: we share the frustration that the prevailing paradigm driving development funding results in mostly short-term, top-down projects. Both globally and in national chapters, the Movement brings groups together to share promising practices, compile evidence about where and how CLD works, and engage governments and donors in dialogue around the many ethical and practical advantages of CLD. Our ultimate goal is for national governments to establish the policies and budgets that will enable all communities to achieve their goals on a sustainable basis–most of which needs to happen via decentralized governance and services
The Hunger Project serves as the global secretariat for the Movement, based in Washington, D.C.
Gender Equality is key to all development. In addition to Movement for CLD, The Hunger Project plays an active role in numerous alliances at the intersection of gender and development, including: Girls Not Brides, FP2020, the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, InterAction, the Alliance to End Hunger, The Partnership for 1000 Day Nutrition, the Global Partnership for Social Accountability and the SUN (Scaling Up Nutrition) Movement. We bring our voice to every relevant international conference where we can advance our agenda.