ON THE COMPLETION of another successful year, I am pleased to share with you the Annual Report of The Hunger Project India for the Year 2014-2015. Inspiring activities and significant changes define the efforts made by The Hunger Project this year. Click here to download the annual report.
Our understanding of women’s roles in local governance and of the obstacles they face was further enriched with the extensive pre-election campaigning through our SWEEP (Strengthening Women’s Empowerment through Electoral Processes) Campaign in Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. With an objective to encourage women to contest for every seat, even beyond reservation, we worked towards increasing the visibility of women in the entire electoral process – as citizens, voters, candidates, electoral of cers and agents. Reservation for women in Karnataka increased from 33.33% to 50% for the rst time and it was an opportunity for us to renew our commitment to help amplify the voices of the women at all levels of decision making.
On the advocacy front, the organisation strategically aligned with the ongoing program cycle of its five year cycle in all seven states. Some initiatives have yielded positive and immediate outcomes with other issues still being pursued to its logical conclusion.
With respect to Monitoring and Evaluation, the organisation is working towards developing methods, whereby data can be used to enhance the effectiveness of the programs that are being implemented and that do not restrict itself to output reporting only.
The year proved to be a year of international delegation visits to THP’s programme states with one global board visit, three investor visits and one interface visit from Norway to interact with the EWRs and to understand the work being undertaken in different project states.
In efforts to lessen the evident gaps in bringing effective governance, The Hunger Project is continuing to develop innovative tools and expertise, and constantly measures the impact of the interventions on women’s lives, families and communities. During the reporting period, through our effective strategies and partnerships with 53 Civil Society Organizations we have been able to contribute to the development of 4819 Panchayats in the country. Here, I would like to thank our supporters; CORDAID, Forum Syd, Ribbink Van Den Hoek Foundation, Royal Norwegian Embassy and UNDP without whom this work would not have been possible.
The year has been an eventful one and I thank all our partners, donors, investors, individual supporters and colleagues for making it successful by ensuring their participation and un inching support. As you will be seeing from the report, we have taken our next step in empowering women representatives in their constituencies to work for the betterment of their communities. We are looking forward to our coming years of engaging with the EWRs so that as effective leaders they are able to practice good governance, and advocate for social and gender justice.
Global Vice President and Country Director, India