Financing Community-led Development: Putting People First

The United Nations’ much anticipated Third Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3) has come and gone. Over four days, more than 6,000 high-level development actors gathered to discuss the needs and means to finance the implementation of the Post 2015 Development Agenda. What was declared as the final draft of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) left much to be desired, especially …

Gender and Food Security: What Have We Learned?

On May 7, 2015 InterAction’s Agriculture and Food Security Working Group hosted a Learning Event designed to bring members up to speed with the latest evidence on the fundamental role of gender in food security, to empower us all in our advocacy. The video of the 90 minute event is here. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sool11TSmuE] Katherine Fritz, PhD, MPH, Director of Global …

Ruma: an insuperable woman against early marriage and poverty

Written by Nazrul Islam, Senior Program Coordinator for Monitoring & Evaluation, The Hunger Project – Bangladesh Ruma is the first born of a lower income peasant family, still living with her parents in Udampur Barni in Hemanagar in Gopalpur under Tangaail. After passing primary school, she qualified for admission into high school. Her days passed as they should: playing and studying. This …

Malawi says No to Child Marriage

Child marriage is a human rights violation. Until recently, Malawi was labelled as one of the world’s countries with the highest child marriage rate. The UN Population Fund reports that Malawi has the seventh highest rate of child marriage in the world with half of all girls married before their eighteenth birthday, and nearly one in eight married by age …

Multi-purpose Nutrition Indicators: Measuring Progress of Comprehensive Post 2015 Development Agenda

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are meant to be a comprehensive and universal framework for improving development and eradicating hunger and poverty – in all of its forms. Its current draft is favorably ambitious. However, there is wide concern among implementing multi-laterals, NGOs and member states about the capacity to achieve the goals given the large number of targets and a possibly …

Women Rising in Bangladesh

On the first morning of “Beijing+20” – the 59th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women – The Hunger Project hosted a parallel event with BRAC, Helen Keller International and with the support of the UN Secretary-General’s Zero Hunger Challenge. Our speakers included: Nasima Akhter “Joly”, Program Director, The Hunger Project-Bangladesh Sheepa Hafiza, Director Gender Justice and …

Finance for Development – Breaking Out of Patriarchy!

The UN has circulated for discussion an “elements” document in preparation for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development summit taking place 13-16 July 2015 in Addis. First of all, it is remarkable to see a financial document that takes gender issues as seriously as this one. Back in 2002, the Monterey Consensus on Financing for Development mentioned gender only in …

Our perspective on the Global Nutrition Report

Background: Nutrition is a huge and difficult challenge, requiring convergent action on many fronts: agriculture, health, WASH, education and – most importantly – gender equality and female empowerment. Those championing this action have been held back by the lack of timely data — until now. In the aftermath of the the 2013 Nutrition for Growth summit in London, civil society pressed for …

Elements of the Post-2015 Political Declaration

The United Nations has invited comment on its draft document on the Elements of the Post-2015 Political Declaration, available at this link. Our president and CEO addressed the intergovernmental interactive session on 19 February 2015: click to download the Statement by Åsa Skogström Feldt. Here is an expanded version of The Hunger Project’s response to the paper, according to the five …

Prepare for Beijing+20

The historic Fourth World Conference for Women in 1995 created a 12-point Platform for Action that has been the basis for worldwide activism ever since, to ensure that women are full and equal partners in development. The Hunger Project had a large delegation at both the Third World Conference in Nairobi in 1985 and in Beijing in 1995. In many …