what we do
The Villages
Sauri, Kenya
Koraro, Ethiopia
Pampaida, Nigeria
Bonsaaso, Ghana
Mayange, Rwanda
Mwandama, Malawi
Potou, Senegal
Tiby, Mali
Mbola, Tanzania
Ruhiira, Uganda
Updates on Our Work
What it Costs
Building Momentum
Building Momentum
Underlying Principles
Outputs and Impacts
Over the coming years Millennium Promise will rapidly increase its work in hundreds and then thousands of villages throughout Africa. Currently, we are working in more than 80 villages in ten countries. We will expand from the village level to district level and eventually to whole nations across Africa.

In each country, the Millennium Villages will be clustered as a group--ten in each region. This enables participating communities to benefit exponentially from a natural exchange of knowledge, benefits of trade, shared roads, hospitals, electricity and water grids. In this way, costs can be lowered and investments shared when appropriate.

Once this clustering of villages model is proven it can then be expanded to encompass more territories throughout the continent--going from 100 villages to 1,000 and hopefully then to 100,000. The possibilities are limitless.

Underlying Principles
The underlying principles of the Millennium Villages Project include:
Community empowerment through participation and leadership in design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation
Interventions based on proven, science-based research (biophysical and socioeconomic) combined with the best local knowledge
Implementing within the budget estimates of the Millennium Project; at approximately $110 per person per year
Building on existing community, government and non-government programs in the area
Building capacity and empowerment at the local level
Strengthening local institutions
Linking with and obtaining support from local, provincial and national governments
Consistency with national plans for interventions
Beneficiaries pay part of the way, in cash or in-kind, congruent with their ability to pay or provide
Planning to become self-sustaining or at a minimum self-governing--this would include an exit strategy in which government programs take over provision of specific public services
Scale-up by spreading the advances from village to village, from district to district, and from country to country
"Bottom-up" approaches can produce effective synergies with "top-down" ones, provided they are properly linked through enabling policies
Outputs and Impacts
The project will have immediate, short-term and long-term impacts on:
The residents of the Millennium Villages, involving several thousand people living in environmentally sustainable ways within five years
Methods and manuals for implementing and scaling-up different activities in Millennium Villages
Documentation of the village-level processes and costs for attaining the Millennium Development Goals, including governance, management, empowerment, and ownership
National government policies and scaling-up plans for millions of Africans by 2015
Training and equipping thousands of villagers, local-level extension agents, and government officials with the necessary knowledge and expertise to empower and train other villages for transfer and scaling-up in line with the Millennium Development Goals