Millennium Villages Project

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A Special Project, and a Chance to Double Your Impact

As 2015 comes to a close, we would like to express our deepest gratitude to the Earth Institute’s many partners, friends and supporters who help make our work possible. In honor of the final year of the Millennium Development Goals and the transition to the Sustainable Development Goals, we would like to highlight one partner in particular.

by |December 28, 2015
MVP, community health workers, Malawi

Internship Opportunity for Millennium Villages

As the Earth Institute’s monitoring and evaluation team gears up for its final evaluation of 10 Millennium Village sites, we are currently recruiting a qualitative research assistant intern to support field researchers conducting process evaluation studies across East and West Africa.

by |October 2, 2014
Perennial rice seeds.

Improving Seeds to Meet Future Challenges

Scientists and agronomists are racing to develop seeds that are higher yielding, more nutritious, and both drought and climate resilient to meet the challenge of feeding the world in the future.

by |February 8, 2013
Kumasi - Adiebeba - girls with drawings - 300

Millennium City and Millennium Village Students ‘Stand Up for Girls’ on International Day of the Girl

In sub-Saharan Africa, only 63 percent of girls complete their schooling, according to the World Bank. Yet our own research in the Millennium Cities indicates that girls who continue their education will have far greater opportunities, and they will be in a better position to care for themselves and their families. To celebrate the United Nations’ International Day of the Girl, by “Standing Up for Girls” and their right to a quality education, a number of the Millennium Cities and Millennium Villages Project sites held rallies, marched and participated in debates on girls’ issues.

by |October 21, 2012
A farmer in Sauri Millennium Village, Kenya, takes advantage of improved agricultural water management using a greenhouse to farm tomatoes

Millennium Villages Shed Light on Water Security

Water is essential to human well-being and economic development. Today, however, water stress caused by inadequate farming practices, demographic pressure and pollution is creating unprecedented problems. Nowhere is this more visible than in the rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa. As the world celebrates World Water Day on the 22nd of March to draw attention to these issues, lessons learned from the Millennium Villages Project can provide a way forward. The project’s success in improving both water and food security are just some of the practical, science-based solutions that rural communities all over the world can use to extract themselves from poverty.

by |March 22, 2012
Earth Institute Annual Donor Report 2011

Extraordinary Support for Unprecedented Global Challenges

The Earth Institute’s annual donor report for fiscal year 2011 is now available in an interactive digital format. We remain committed to finding extraordinary support to unprecedented global challenges, many of which are outlined in this report. We have highlighted some of our innovative projects in research, policy, and education, as well as the partnerships that are helping to support them.

by |February 16, 2012
A public health officer trains new Community Health Workers in Manyatta A.

Increasing Access to Health Care Using a Community-Based Approach

Community Health Workers (CHWs), health assistants or lay health workers who provide a fundamental level of health care for residents in the community in which they live, have been shown to make a tremendous contribution to public health and community development. In Kisumu, Kenya, residents of Manyatta, an informal settlement with nearly 90,000 people that currently lacks any sort of government-run health facility, will soon benefit from an ongoing, wide-ranging CHW training, led by the Municipal Council of Kisumu’s Health Department, in collaboration with Cordaid Urban Matters, a Dutch development agency, and MCI, ably led by MCI’s Public Health Specialist Beldina Opiyo-Omolo.

by |November 15, 2011
School children gather water at the Ruhiira trading center tank, as test pumping brings water to the highlands for the first time.

The Flow of Change: Piped Water Arrives in Ruhiira, Uganda

By Molly Powers
When the Millennium Villages Project (MVP) was first launched in Ruhiira, Uganda, in 2006, community members identified their most pressing problem as lack of access to water. Nearly all 6,500 residents of the mountainous parish of Ruhiira live on hilltops, and most water sources

by |August 15, 2011
Irene Gaundi, 23, standing outside the Tontokrom clinic

Community Health Workers: Spokes of Change

Three years ago, Irene Gaundi was living with her parents in the Millennium Village of Bonsaaso, in Ghana.  She had completed her last year of secondary school, moved home, and was helping her mother sell second hand clothes. Each day, Irene and her mother walked along the rust-colored roads, beneath the hot sun, balancing clothes… read more

by |August 14, 2011
Causeria in Niyame 2

A Community-based Approach to Combating Malnutrition: What It Looks Like and How to Evaluate It

In a world of increasing rates of obesity, it is sometimes hard to remember that another type of malnutrition—undernutrition—remains a major contributor to mortality. Although all ages may be affected by malnutrition, children are most vulnerable to death and long-term disabilities caused by this disease. As such, treating and preventing undernutrition in children contribute to… read more

by |March 11, 2011