Freedom from Hunger Researcher Recognized as “Practitioner of the Year”

Freedom from Hunger is proud to announce that Research and Evaluation Specialist Megan Gash has been awarded the 2013 SEEP Network Practitioner of the Year Award.

The SEEP Network is a global network of 130 international practitioner organizations dedicated to combating poverty through promoting inclusive markets and financial systems. SEEP represents the largest and most diverse network of its kind and comprises international development organizations and global, regional and country-level practitioner networks that promote market development and financial inclusion.

The Practitioner of the Year is awarded annually to an employee of a member organization who has demonstrated remarkable leadership and technical contributions in promoting important development initiatives with, and in support of, members of SEEP. The award recognizes an individual who demonstrates collaborative spirit through contributions to the development of publications, online conferences or other learning activities that expand learning opportunities for others within SEEP's membership and beyond.

Megan Gash joined Freedom from Hunger in 2007. She works closely with our partners to design, implement and analyze research and evaluation studies that measure the efficacy of programs. Much of her recent work at Freedom from Hunger and with the SEEP Network has focused on synthesizing the growing body of research on the impacts of savings groups.

“We are exceptionally proud of Megan for her exceptional contributions to Freedom from Hunger and to the community of practitioners who are dedicated to serving the very poor,” commented Freedom from Hunger’s CEO Steve Hollingworth. “Her work has been instrumental in demonstrating the impacts of Freedom from Hunger’s programs and in understanding how savings groups substantively improve the food security and asset-accumulation activities of some of the world’s poorest women,” he continued.

Freedom from Hunger has a long-standing commitment to research and impact evaluation and was one of the first microfinance organizations to rely on rigorous methodologies to explain the impacts of its programs and those of other practitioners.