Global Hunger Project dba The Hunger Project

Ending hunger starts with people.

aka THP   |   New York, NY   |  http://www.thp.org

Mission

The Hunger Project is a global, non-profit, strategic organization committed to the sustainable end of world hunger. Our vision is a world where every woman, man and child leads a healthy, fulfilling life of self-reliance and dignity.

Our mission is to end hunger and poverty by pioneering sustainable, grassroots, women-centered strategies and advocating for their widespread adoption in countries throughout the world.

Ruling year info

1978

President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Tim Prewitt

Main address

110 W 30th St Fl 6 - THP 6th floor

New York, NY 10001 USA

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EIN

94-2443282

NTEE code info

Rural (S32)

Women's Rights (R24)

Other Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition N.E.C. (K99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Ending hunger and poverty by pioneering sustainable, grassroots, women-centered strategies and advocating for their widespread adoption in countries throughout the world.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Epicenter Strategy

In Africa, The Hunger Project's (THP) methodology is implemented through epicenters, clusters of rural villages where women and men are mobilized to create and run their own programs to meet basic needs. Through the Epicenter Strategy, THP builds the capacity of rural women and men so they can successfully achieve lives of self-reliance and dignity.

Over an approximate seven to ten year period, an epicenter becomes self-reliant — meaning it is able to fund its own activities and no longer requires financial investment from THP.

The Epicenter Strategy focuses on nutrition, education, adult literacy, empowerment of women, improved farming and food storage methods, microfinance, income generation, and water and sanitation. The strategy builds community spirit through a momentum of accomplishment involving the entire population.

The Epicenter Strategy is sustainable. The primary resources are
the local people themselves and more effective use of local government
services. Income generation is built into the strategy from the start.
Moreover, an emphasis is placed on protecting the environment. People at our epicenters learn composting and small-scale, environmentally sound irrigation and fertilization techniques, as well as strategies for soil conservation, reforestation and water management.

Government officials are involved at every stage of the Epicenter Strategy. The first step is for THP to meet with government representatives to apprise them of our approach and gain their support. After the villagers build the epicenter multi-functional community facility and nurses’ quarters, the local government provides teachers, nurses, and supplies for the pre-school, adult literacy classes and health clinic.

A key component of the Epicenter Strategy is our Microfinance Program. The goal of the Microfinance Program in each epicenter is to gain government recognition for the microcredit facility to operate as a licensed Rural Bank, owned by community members and managed entirely by women. The recognition of the bank is a milestone event that signals the transition of the community into self-reliance as the Rural Bank provides the epicenter community with sustainable access to savings and credit facilities.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Women bear almost all responsibility for meeting basic needs of the family, yet are systematically denied the resources, information and freedom of action they need to fulfill this responsibility.

Around the world, millions of people eat two or three times a day, but a significant percentage of women eat only once. Many women deny themselves even that one meal to ensure that their children are fed. These women are already suffering the effects of even more severe malnutrition, which inevitably will be their children’s fate as well.

Studies show that when women are supported and empowered, all of society benefits. Their families are healthier, more children go to school, agricultural productivity improves and incomes increase. In short, communities become more resilient.

The Hunger Project firmly believes that empowering women to be key change agents is an essential element to achieving the end of hunger and poverty. Wherever we work, our programs aim to support women and build their capacity.

The results of these programs include:

By providing women food farmers easy access to credit, adequate training and instilling in them the importance of saving, THP’s Microfinance Program enables women to engage in income-generating activities to increase their incomes and invest in their families and communities.

More than 1.3 million people have taken the HIV/AIDS and Gender Inequality Workshop, in which they not only learn the facts of AIDS, but also confront and transform the gender-based behaviors that fuel the pandemic.

In India, our Women’s Leadership Workshop has empowered 83,000 women elected to local councils to be effective change agents in their villages. They are forming district- and state-wide federations to ensure that their voices are heard at top levels of government.

In Bangladesh, we catalyzed the formation of a 300-organization alliance that organizes more than 800 events across the country each September in honor of National Girl Child Day, a day to focus on eradicating all forms of discrimination against girl children.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Hunger is not just about food. Hunger is inextricably linked to a nexus of issues including: economic equality, health, education, social justice, the rights of women and girls and climate change. To sustainably end hunger, communities, NGOs and government at all levels must holistically address the many facets that perpetuate conditions of hunger.

Spearheading a vibrant, inter-organizational gender-focused advocacy movement called The Movement for Community-led Development.

More than 16 million are actively enrolled in their own development through partnership with The Hunger Project, successfully working collectively toward the goal of declaring sustainable self-reliance and taking complete ownership of local resources and development.

With more financial resources and partner organizations declaring a commitment to de-centralizing development through the Movement for Community-led Development, THP can both elevate the visibility of community-led development and continue to deepen and expand programs in the communities in which we work. A powerful global network and proof of concept within self-reliant communities will lead to stronger government partnerships, causing further breakthroughs in ending hunger at both local and national levels.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people who have participated in the HIV/AIDS and Gender Inequality Workshops

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Epicenter Strategy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Global numbers

Number of women participating in leadership training

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls

Related Program

Women's Empowerment

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Global numbers

Estimated number of people our programs reached

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Global numbers

Number of participants in water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) community meetings, workshops, and campaigns

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Global numbers

Number of participants in income generating and skills workshops

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Global numbers

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To end hunger and poverty by pioneering sustainable, grassroots, women-centered strategies and advocating for their widespread adoption in countries throughout the world.

Through our work to end hunger, we have recognized these ten principles as being fundamental to The Hunger Project. We challenge ourselves to ensure that each of our strategies builds on these principles.

Human Dignity. All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights, including the right to food, health, work and education. The inherent nature of every person is creative, resourceful, self-reliant, responsible and productive. We must not treat people living in conditions of hunger as beneficiaries, which can crush dignity, but rather as the key resource for ending hunger.

Gender Equality. An essential part of ending hunger must be to cause society-wide change towards gender equality. Women bear the major responsibility for meeting basic needs, yet are systematically denied the resources, freedom of action and voice in decision-making to fulfill that responsibility.

Empowerment. In the face of social suppression, focused and sustained action is required to awaken people to the possibility of self-reliance, to build confidence, and to organize communities to take charge of their own development.

Leverage. Ending chronic hunger requires action that catalyzes large-scale systemic change. We must regularly step back — assess our impact within the evolving social/political/economic environment — and launch the highest leverage actions we can to meet this challenge.

Interconnectedness. Our actions are shaped by, and affect, all other people and our natural environment. Hunger and poverty are not problems of one country or another but are global issues. We must solve them not as “donors and recipients" but as global citizens, working as coequal partners in a common front to end hunger.

Sustainability. Solutions to ending hunger must be sustainable locally, socially, economically and environmentally.

Social Transformation. People's self-reliance is suppressed by conditions such as corruption, armed conflict, racism and the subjugation of women. These are all rooted in an age-old and nearly universal patriarchal mindset that must be transformed as part of a fundamental shift in the way society is organized.

Holistic Approach. Hunger is inextricably linked to a nexus of issues including decent work, health, education, environmental sustainability and social justice. Only in solving these together will any of them be solved on a sustainable basis.

Decentralization. Individual and community ownership of local development is critical. Actions are most successful if decisions are made close to the people. This requires effective national and local government working in partnership with the people.

Transformative Leadership. Ending hunger requires a new kind of leadership: one that awakens people to their own power — leadership with people rather than over them.

Our programs in over 12,000 communities throughout Africa, South Asia and Latin America are based on an innovative, holistic approach, which empowers women and men 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 our programs have at their foundation these three essential elements:

1. Empowering women as key change agents
2. Mobilizing communities for self-reliant action
3. Fostering effective partnerships with local government

One of our first activities is a Vision, Commitment and Action Workshop, which serve as the foundation of our work, inspiring individuals to move from “I can't" to “I can" to “We can." Through participation in our training, people set a vision for their communities, and then lay out the actions they will take to achieve that vision. Read more about our innovative approach to ending hunger and poverty. Visit www.thp.org

350+ staff indigenous to the countries where we work.
Almost 500,000 volunteers globally
A state of the art Monitoring and Evaluation system designed in partnership with our community partners
Partnerships with local governments and institutions
Fundraising strategies that inspire both — our investors (donors) and community partners
Spearheading a vibrant, inter-organizational gender-focused advocacy movement called The Movement for Community-led Development

More than 16 million are actively enrolled in their own development through partnership with The Hunger Project, successfully working collectively toward the goal of declaring sustainable self-reliance and taking complete ownership of local resources and development.

With more financial resources and partner organizations declaring a commitment to de-centralizing development through the Movement for Community-led Development, THP can both elevate the visibility of community-led development and continue to deepen and expand programs in the communities in which we work. A powerful global network and proof of concept within self-reliant communities will lead to stronger government partnerships, causing further breakthroughs in ending hunger at both local and national levels.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Global Hunger Project dba The Hunger Project

Board of directors
as of 3/9/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sheree Stomberg

Global Head, Citi Shared Services and the Citi Service Center Network

Term: 2020 -

Prof. Amartya Sen

The Hunger Project

Sheree Stomberg

The Hunger Project

Charles Deull

The Hunger Project

Queen Noor of Jordan

The Hunger Project

M.S. Swaminathan

The Hunger Project

Joan Holmes

The Hunger Project

Steve Sherwood

The Hunger Project

Mirna Cunningham Kain

The Hunger Project

Syeda Hameed

The Hunger Project

Bineta Diop

The Hunger Project

Neera Nundy

The Hunger Project

Roger Massy-Greene

The Hunger Project

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/01/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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