Commitment to Action

Scaling up the Hunger Project Epicenters

Commitment by

The Hunger Project

In 2005, the Hunger Project committed to demonstrate that its epicenter strategy--successful bottom-up, gender-focused, integrated strategy for rural development in Africa--could be applied on a national scale. The epicenter model builds the capacity of clusters of villages to transition from extreme poverty to self-reliance in five years at a cost of approximately $8 per person per year. The centerpiece is the construction of a nine-room epicenter building by the people themselves, in which they establish and operate their own clinic, food bank, microfinance facility, library, adult training facilities, and a training/demonstration farm. The Hunger Project has committed to establish 36 epicenter buildings by June 30, 2011 across all 16 rural districts in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
This commitment is currently funded with a $5 million challenge grant from the Robertson Foundation and $4 million from 16 individual, foundation, and corporate investors from six countries. In 2009, eight villages have completed construction of their epicenter buildings, bringing the current total to 22. Additionally, eight more villages have allocated land and begun mobilizing materials for construction of epicenter buildings in 2010.

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Commitment

Scaling up the Hunger Project Epicenters

Launched

2005

Est. Duration

4 Years

Estimated Total Value

$9,000,000

Region

Africa

Countries

GHANA

Commitment by

The Hunger Project

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Robertson Foundation