Movement Grows in West Africa

In late February and March 2017, the Movement for Community Led Development announced the formation of three new national chapters — Benin, Burkina Faso and Senegal. Two member organizations — Corps Africa and The Hunger Project (THP) — seized high profile media opportunities to announce these  chapters. Corps Africa celebrated the completion of its first cohort of volunteers in Senegal, and THP-Benin and THP-Burkina Faso both celebrated the 20th Anniversary of their programs.

Photo above: government, intergovernmental and civil society representatives at the conference on Community-led Development in Benin on March 24, 2017.

I had the pleasure of visiting my Hunger Project colleagues in Benin and Burkina Faso for meetings with senior officials, strategy meetings on Community-led Development and field visits to Hunger Project epicenters that have recently “graduated” — having achieved 52 specific indicators of self-reliance.

boulkon epicenter

The Boulkon Epicenter (above), serving 25,979 citizens as one of 125 epicenters mobilized by The Hunger Project in 8 countries, has achieved the highest “self-reliance” score of any epicenter to date.

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Press conference after meeting with the President of Burkina Faso on March 31, 2017: Regional program officer Judith, Chair of THP-Burkina National Advisory Council Mme Ouattara, THP Executive VP John Coonrod, Country Director Evariste Yaogho and Vice President for Africa Idrissa Dicko. Courtesy RTL.