The Hunger Project Dinner

Leadership needed in Africa to Achieve Millennium Development Goals

“Only Africans can lead Africa. Only Africans can shape Africa,” said Ms. Joan Holmes, the President of The Hunger Project, in describing the challenges facing Africa in achieving the time-bound and quantified targets for the Millennium Development Goals. In Africa there is a “disconnect between the political leaders and the people. What’s missing is leadership – leadership committed to the well-being of their people.”

“Forty-six percent of Africa’s people live in abject poverty....There is corruption in virtually every part of the world but in Africa it is particularly devastating. Corruption costs African economies more than $148 billion a year.”

Ms. Holmes was speaking at a Gala Dinner the Hunger Project held Saturday evening, October 22, 2005, at the New York Hilton Hotel.

The Hunger Project was founded in 1977 and was set up to be strategic and to continually examine the broadest possible global landscape for the work of ending hunger. In Africa The Hunger Project works in Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Senegal and Uganda.

Elizabeth Howard covered The Hunger Project Dinner that was held on
October 22, 2005, at the New York Hilton Hotel for AllAfrica Media. Her article can be found at, or click here to download pdf.

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