Women for Zero Hunger

Because food security is a fundamental right, because Stop Hunger and Women In Africa believe in the potential and determination of women to lift the most vulnerable communities out of hunger - together they created the Women for Zero Hunger program, in order to support associations fighting against hunger and food insecurity in Africa.

Launched in 2016, WIA Philanthropy is the first international platform dedicated to the economic development and support of African women entrepreneurs. At WIA Philanthropy, we are convinced that Pan-African women contribute greatly, through their actions, to the change and impact they bring to the continent’s progress. 

Stop Hunger acts locally and sustainably for a hunger free world. Created 25 years ago by Sodexo employees, Stop Hunger is a global non-profit network mobilized to eliminate food insecurity by leadership activities going beyond food aid, with a priority: empowering women.

“Women for Zero Hunger” will enable 3 non-profit organizations:

  • to be visible: to inspire, to be recognized and to have more impact;
  • to be mentored: to benefit from expert advice and personalized support;
  • to be funded: each of the 3 associative structures will receive €10,000. At the end of the mentoring program, one of the three finalist structures will be chosen by the jury members on the basis of pre-established criteria. In addition, the representative will be invited to the annual Stop Hunger event in Paris to receive a trophy and benefit from a crowdfunding operation during the event.

Call for applications

Non-profit organizations are invited to apply by completing a detailed selection questionnaire.

The top 7 non-profit organizations will be pre-selected by WIA Philanthropy and Stop Hunger before being presented to the international jury of the program, which will select 3 associations! 

Eligibility criteria:
  • The program is accessible to nonprofit organizations with at least 3 years of experience
  • The association must be African or active in an African country
  • The association must work in at least one African Anglophone and/or Francophone country
Selection criteria:
  • Number of beneficiaries supported by the association
  • Quality of the “solution”
  • Scalability of the “solution”
  • Beneficiaries: the solution must primarily benefit women or girls

Note! The association can be managed by either a man or a woman.


Each of the 3 non-profit organizations will receive €10,000. 

At the end of the mentoring period, one of the three finalist associations will be chosen by the jury members on the basis of pre-established criteria and will be invited to the annual Stop Hunger evening in Paris to receive the Stop Hunger trophy. This will give the winning association extra visibility as a crowdfunding operation during the event.

Mentoring program

The 3 selected associations will take part in a 6-month-personalised-mentoring program run by Stop Hunger and WIA Philanthropy.

This mentorship will not only help refine their skills and strategies but also strengthen their resilience and ability to overcome specific challenges they may face.


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