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Millennium Villages

The Trials and Triumphs of Aiding Africa

Bill Gates | Posted 07.22.2014 | World
Bill Gates

In the world of venture capital, a success rate of 30 percent is considered a great track record. In the world of international development, critics hold up every misstep as proof that aid is like throwing money down a rat hole. When you're trying to do something as hard as fighting poverty and disease, you will never achieve anything meaningful if you're afraid to make mistakes.

The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty (Part Three)

Nina Munk | Posted 11.05.2013 | World
Nina Munk

Sachs's office window was streaked with rain. He had spent nearly two hours answering my questions, and they were starting to irritate him. It had been a long day. For a few moments, we sat in silence. Then he said: "I believe in the contingency of life."

The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty (Excerpt)

Nina Munk | Posted 11.03.2013 | World
Nina Munk

There was no economy to speak of in Dertu. Here and there the nomadic herdsmen passing through would trade or sell livestock, and a modest business was established to sell camel's milk; otherwise, the only economic activities were gun running and cattle raiding.

Washing Up - and Saving Lives by the Millions

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 12.15.2012 | Impact
Jeffrey Sachs

At the start of the new millennium, world leaders promised to cut by half the proportion of people without decent sanitation, and to reduce child mortality by two thirds, all by 2015. We're determined to help the world keep its promises.

Breakthroughs in Health in the Millennium Villages

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 09.12.2012 | Impact
Jeffrey Sachs

Approximately one out of every eight children in sub-Saharan Africa dies before his or her fifth birthday from preventable and treatable causes. These deaths are preventable through the deployment of health systems of the kind being pioneered in the Millennium Villages.

Nigeria's Ambitious Effort to End Poverty

Amina Az-Zubair | Posted 05.16.2012 | World
Amina Az-Zubair

It's hard for those of us who work day in and day out, on the ground to fight poverty to see such flippancy and carelessness in the media. This is especially true in this case, where the facts are so easy to ascertain.

Following Floods, MetLife Brings Life to Budapur Village, Pakistan

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jim Luce

MetLife, which closed its acquisition of Alico late last year, is set to rebuild an entire village in Pakistan in less than six months following the disaster.

Labor Of Love: Clothing Line OmniPeace Exceeds School Construction Goals In Senegal

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

When Mary Fanaro first began her mission of ending poverty in Africa in 2007, she started a charitable chocolate company. What it's turned in to is ev...

Rigorous Impact Evaluation Is Not a Luxury: Scrutinizing the Millennium Villages

Michael Clemens | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael Clemens

Africans have urgent needs, but they have urgent needs for things that work, and many of them have been disappointed by well-intended outsiders in the past.

UN Vows to Make Voices of Poorest Heard at G20 Summit

Kiyotaka Akasaka | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kiyotaka Akasaka

Amid news reports headlining the summit of a group of 20 of "the world's most powerful economies" in Toronto, Canada, some are wondering: What about the weaker ones?

Low-Cost Thrills in Millennium Village Data

John W. McArthur | Posted 10.24.2011 | Impact
John W. McArthur

Yesterday, May 30, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the Millennium Villages project (MVP) in Mwandama, Malawi. While there he ...

Breakthrough Village Results for Integrated Rural Needs

John W. McArthur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
John W. McArthur

This week the New York Times profiled the early results of the Millennium Villages in Sauri, Kenya. The article by Jeffrey Gettleman highlights the co...

Tourism in the Developing World - Beneficial or Exploitative?

Josh Ruxin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josh Ruxin

Tourism in Rwanda helps eradicate poverty and hunger. It makes it possible for more children to go to school. It helps bridge the divide between cultures, not deepen it.

Famine and Plenty, Both in Times of Drought

Josh Ruxin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josh Ruxin

In Rwanda and across Africa, the Millennium Villages project has demonstrated that food scarcity can be all but vanquished if the required resource management, investment and political will are available.

Sustainable Results: Addressing Misconceptions About The Millennium Villages Project

Donald Ndahiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Donald Ndahiro

The project has achieved its goal of sustainably reducing poverty in the community, and on that foundation of stability, the community has begun real prosperity-creation projects.

Jeffrey Sachs' Misguided Foreign Aid Efforts

Magatte Wade | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Magatte Wade

Poverty in Africa will be eliminated not by aid, but by entrepreneurial job creation, by real entrepreneurs creating scalable enterprises that will ultimately create millions of jobs.

Madonna, Africa and Child Mortality

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

The deaths of African children are all about food, water and cooking stoves. There is usually no public health system in place to address this tragic litany of otherwise very approachable issues.