News and Updates

July 15,2016

Author: Bobbi Gray

In this blog piece, Bobbi Gray, Freedom from Hunger Research Director, shares how we have to balance the science of research with our “hearts”—the information we collect from the women we serve that moves us to action. She shares what we’ve learned about how gender-dynamics in the household can impede women’s use of services designed for their use, with a specific focus on domestic violence, and draws our attention to how “hard” and “soft” data need to be used in tandem for designing products and services as well as measuring impact of our work.

July 15,2016

Bobbi Gray and Megan Gash, Research Directors at Freedom from Hunger, summarize key findings from their research on understanding and building household resilience in Burkina Faso. In this blog, they highlight four papers where they explored what differentiates resilient and non-resilient households, what product designs are necessary to help households financially prepare and respond to household shocks, how health savings and loan products can help build household resilience, and they share a case study on the barriers faced by poor women in accessing some financial services.

July 06,2016

One of the challenges that families face in seeking and receiving adequate medical treatment across the world is that of health financing. Basically, how do they pay for treatment when they need it?

In Ecuador, with the generous support of Visa- NetHope, Freedom from Hunger has been piloting a health credit card —basically a line of credit to cover health costs. Families can use the card at a variety of qualified health establishments. In this article, we share the lessons we have learned in piloting and expanding a portfolio of financial tools that people can use to respond to inevitable health costs.

July 06,2016

We all turn 70 this year.

Like just anyone who is turning 70, this year we at Freedom from Hunger have been reflecting on our past, thinking about our legacy and considering what more we'd like to do. From our beginning in 1946, we’ve had one constant item on our bucket list—ending global hunger.

We’ve been at this mission for 70 years. Do people still find the cause of ending global hunger to be compelling?  We believe the answer is “yes,” and even more now than ever. The United Nations has defined a new set of Sustainable Development Goals,[1] one of which is to achieve zero hunger by 2030. We’re in the final countdown.

Over the years we've seen times change, staff at Freedom from Hunger change, strategies change, even the face of hunger change, but our mission to end world hunger has remained unchanged. More than at any other time in our long history, we are confident that we’ll be able to check this goal off the list in our lifetime.

So what is it that we’ve learned in 70 years?... Read More

December 16,2015

CARD Mutually Reinforcing Institutions (CARD MRI), Freedom from Hunger, and the Microcredit Summit Campaign celebrated the achievements of the “Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies: Kalinga kay Inay” project and the important partnerships established with local and national government units, domestic and international funders, and microfinance and health institutions in the past 14 months. Some 800,000 women have received maternal health education and about 9000 women received OB/GYN and other exams.

November 03,2015

Davis, CA –Today the Freedom from Hunger Board of Directors announced that President and CEO Steve Hollingworth will depart the organization on February 3, 2016. Hollingworth has been the Chief Executive Officer of Freedom from Hunger since 2011. He has focused the organization on the intersection of poverty, financial services, hunger and health.

The Board has appointed a task force to oversee the transition including the process for the identification and selection of a new CEO and President. The task force consists of Board Chair Marianne Udow-Phillips, Vice-Chair Richard Auger, Treasurer, William Robinson, former Chair, J. Grover Thomas, and Chair of the board development committee, William Hamm.

Udow-Phillips said, “Steve has provided tremendous leadership to Freedom from Hunger over the past four years. He is an innovative, committed leader who has unquestionably advanced the work of the organization as it has helped improve the lives of millions of very poor women and their families.”

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