Movement Grows in West Africa

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.


One response to “Movement Grows in West Africa”

  1. Having just returned from Dakar, Senegal, my husband and I got to visit Mpal Epicenter…the very first epicenter ever in Africa. I was able to deposit 10,000cfa in the bank there. I remember going there in 1996 and visiting with Yasim Diallo and the other women in Mpal. We were able to visit with Yasim who is close to 80 years old now and has just turned over the leadership of the epicenter to her daughter.
    We also learned that the original $6000 that the bank there had started with now had become $150,000!

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