Project information

Epicentre Strategy Africa, Poverty to SelfReliance

Working in partnership with the people and leaders of Benin, Burkina-Faso, Ghana, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mozambique, Senegal and Uganda — The Hunger Project has developed a replicable, affordable, bottom-up methodology that has proven successful for achieving all eight Millennium Development Goals.

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  • Need

    Need

    Permanent and sustainable solutions to abject poverty and hunger. It addresses social barriers for development – gender inequality and the mindset of resignation and dependency – by mobilising the local population to develop the physical infrastructure and local institutions to meet basic needs in the areas of health, education, food security, finance, income generation and water and sanitation.

    Solution

    The “epicentre strategy" creates dynamic centres for community action to meet basic needs, and focal points for effectively linking people to government resources. It emphasises the mobilisation of local resources, community leadership and income-generating activities to build self-reliance from the start. Through four clearly articulated phases over five years, it takes people from abject poverty to self-reliance at a cost of £4 per person per year.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    1.Villagers create a vision of a future free from hunger and commit to realise their vision.

    Activities

    » Villagers commit to realise their vision, and inspire and organise people to take self-reliant action.

    Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officers work in The Hunger Project Epicentres gathering data from our programmes and determining their progress and impact. Reporting quarterly.


    Aim 2

    2.During phase two the cluster of villages works together and constructs its epicentre building.

    Activities

    » The building houses a health centre, food bank, credit union, library, community meeting hall, preschool, classrooms and food-processing equipment.

    Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officers work in The Hunger Project Epicentres gathering data from our programmes and determining their progress and impact. Reporting quarterly.


    Aim 3

    3. The people in the epicentre make progress on all fronts (health, education, income generation).

    Activities

    » Training, training others, education provision for all, focus on women and equality training, health provision, agricultural training, schooling.

    Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officers work in The Hunger Project Epicentres gathering data from our programmes and determining their progress and impact. Reporting quarterly.


    Aim 4

    4. Epicentre achieves self-reliance. People are successful authors of their own development.

    Activities

    » Women have equal leadership with men, and are key economic players.
    » People have reliable health care near their homes.
    » People are adequately nourished., and successfully manage their own food security through the community food bank.
    » Both women and men are involved in halting dangerous practices and transforming the traditional gender roles that spread HIV/AIDS.

    Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officers work in The Hunger Project Epicentres gathering data from our programmes and determining their progress and impact. Reporting quarterly.


  • Impact

    Impact

    People are successful agents of their own development: motivated, confident, improving life every day.
    People work together as a community that is large enough to be a viable economic unit. Leadership established.
    Women have equal leadership with men, and are key economic players in society.
    All women participating in the credit programme must enrol in literacy/numeracy courses.
    People are adequately and well-nourished.
    Farming is diversified, improved and successful in the marketplace.

    Risk

    In order that Epicentres become fully self-reliant and The Hunger Project can exit we require a functioning local democracy where communities have a voice. Political instability is a risk. Where we operate engaging with local and national government is vital to long term success.

    Reporting

    Each and every Epicentre reports quarterly through a network of Hunger Project Monitoring and Evaluation Officers. The reports collated into country reports and are published for each programme country on our website. http://www.thehungerproject.org.uk

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,000,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,000,000 Epicenter Strategy Delivery and implementation of the Epicentre Strategy

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Various Sources £80,000 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    Multiple Epicentre Locations across Africa uniting 10,000 to 15,000 people in each. Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Senegal and Uganda

    Beneficiaries

    The Epicentre is a dynamic center where communities are mobilised for action to meet their basic needs. Up to 15,000 people benefit in each area. Video on how the programme works and who benefits - http://www.thehungerproject.co.uk/events/new-video-on-thps-epicentre-strategy/

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Hunger Project has already mobilised more than 100 epicentre communities in eight countries in Africa. Twenty-one of those epicentres are self-reliant. Results so far -
    http://www.thp.org/what_we_do/key_initiatives/community_centers/overview
    The strategy is integrated, holistic. It has also been proven to be environmentally and economically sustainable.

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    People

    Idrissa Ousmane Dicko

    Vice President, Africa Programmes. Idrissa is an agricultural entomologist and holds a BSc. in Agronomy, Masters and a PhD.

''This strategy is replicable, it has already been applied and is improving lives in Sub-Saharan Africa''

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