Millennium Villages Project

Millennium Villages Project

The Millennium Villages Project is an approach to ending extreme poverty and meeting the Millennium Development Goals--eight globally-endorsed targets that address the problems of poverty, health, gender equality, and disease. Initiating a paradigm shift, the Millennium Villages promote an integrated approach to rural development, using evidence-based technologies and strategies in each sector, with sufficient investment over a sufficient period of time. This approach also combines a critical cost-sharing and planning partnership with local and national governments, and rural, African communities, while focusing on capacity building and community empowerment. By improving access to clean water, sanitation and other essential infrastructure, education, food production, basic health care, and environmental sustainability, Millennium Villages ensures that communities living in extreme poverty have a real, sustainable opportunity to lift themselves out of the poverty trap.

Millennium Villages are divided into different types. There are the original core villages which include different agroforestry zones covering 13 sites in 10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including: Sauri and Dertu, Kenya; Koraro, Ethiopia, Mbola Tanzania, Ruhiira, Uganda, Mayange, Rwanda, Mwandama, Malawi, Pampaida and Ikaram, Nigeria, Potou, Senegal, Tiby and Toya, Mali, and Bonsasso, Ghana.

There are additional Millennium Villages which are following the Millennium Village program but which are not directly supported through the Earth Institute at Columbia University. These additional villages are located in Liberia, Cambodia, Jordan, Mozambique, Haiti, Cameroon and Benin.

Guiding Principles

  • Promote sustainable, scalable, community-led progress toward the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals through the use of scientifically validated interventions—one village at a time
  • Ensure African ownership of the Millennium Development Goals, and work in partnership with African governments and regional groups
  • Increase capacity and community empowerment in Africa through training and knowledge sharing with local African governments, NGOs, and village communities.
  • Partner with the public and private sectors, innovative NGOs, universities and leading experts, and the international donor community throughout Africa and the world to continually improve and coordinate development strategies.
  • Transform rural sub-subsistence farming economies into small-scale enterprise development economies and promote diversified entrepreneurs

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