The Hunger Project
The Hunger Projects (THP) work in India focuses on building and strengthening the leadership of elected women representatives in gram panchayats so that they are empowered to address issues of development, gender justice and social justice in their constituencies. THP builds upon the Government of India’s commitment to strengthening grassroots democracy. The 73rd Constitutional Amendment in 1992 gave formal constitutional recognition to rural local self-governance units - Panchayat Raj Institutions (PRIs). It also reserved 33.3% seats for women in PRIs, which has increased to 50% in most States, thereby enabling more than a million women to become public office holders.
Participant Profile: Ruchi Yadav (Director - programs)
Ruchi has over 20 years of experience in the development sector and in advertising. She has worked on women’s rights and human rights issues in South Asia and South East Asia. At THP, Ruchi oversees strategic management, program design, policy and operations. This includes engagement and dialogue with multiple stakeholders, including over 50 community based organizations across India. The communication, knowledge management, training, monitoring, evaluation and learning portfolio within THP is also supervised by her. Most recently Ruchi has been involved in the effort led by THP Global towards “Global Strategic Dialogues”. She co-led an international team on the strategic group “Learning Organization” and was a member of the strategic group “Strategic Planning”.