We are pleased to announce that The Hunger Project (THP)-India has been honored as winner of the EdelGive Social Innovation Honours (ESIH) 2011 in the category of Governance for its work strengthening women’s participation in government. In addition to the awareness generated by the announcement, a cash prize was awarded in the amount of US$112,500. The ESIH awards, given in the areas of Health and Well-Being, Education, Livelihoods, Governance and Social and Cultural Rights of Women, raise awareness of issues surrounding women and girl children by supporting organizations with path-breaking approaches to these challenges.
THP-India gained ESIH notice in late 2010 while showcasing its work on the Strengthening Women’s Empowerment through the Electoral Process Campaign (SWEEP) held in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan for the panchayat (local village council) elections concluded in February 2011. Finalists and winners were selected from among 235 non-governmental organizations across 21 Indian states and were evaluated in a stringent, four-round selection process. During the final round, THP-India was invited for an interaction with the Final Jury, comprised of prominent members from civil society, media and the corporate sector. THP-India was represented by Country Director Rita Sarin and Senior Program Officer, Ruchi Yadav.
THP-India completed the rigorous selection process and was declared the winner on February 18, 2011. Three other organizations were honored as runners-up in the category of Governance, all working to strengthen the participation of women in government.