All Field Notes

Business Development Key to Sustained Incomes

With just under two years to go before the deadline to achieving the Millennium Development Goals, filed staff from Millennium Villages in East Africa gathered in Nairobi last week to ensure that development gains made so far can be sustained by the communities themselves. The week-long workshop for agribusiness, cooperative and business specialists from Ethiopia,

MVP and Unilever: Improving Lives through Hand Washing with Soap

Originally published on Business Fights Poverty: Unilever’s health soap brand Lifebuoy is working with the Millennium Villages Project (MVP), an innovative model for helping poor rural African communities reach all the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). MVP is a community-led development approach based on an integrated package of interventions in all sectors including agriculture, health, education,

Community Health Worker from Pampaida Honored with 2014 REAL Award

Ms. Roseline Nuhu, a Community Health Worker (CHW) in the Millennium Village of Pampaida in Nigeria, has been selected as a REAL Award honoree for 2014. The REAL Award was created by Save the Children and the Frontline Health Workers Coalition to develop greater respect and appreciation for health workers and the lifesaving care they provide. Each

From Gas to Solar to Onions

Back in 2008 El Hadji Seck recalls long hard days of harvesting only groundnuts, a crop that grows well in the sandy soils and semi-arid conditions of Potou. The following year an irrigation system of solar panels, water tanks and pipes were built by the Millennium Villages Project for the 4 cooperative farmer’s groups here.

USAID Awards $1.1M for Solar Irrigation in Senegal

USAID announced announced today that the Sustainable Engineering Lab has been awarded a two-year, $1.1M innovation grant to establish three smart solar irrigation pilot projects in the Millennium Village of Potou, a rural area in northern Senegal. The grant is supported by USAID, the Swedish Government, Duke Energy, and the German Organization for International Cooperation

Testing for Malaria, Quickly

Last year during the rainy season, Jackton Oloko recalls testing more than 300 mothers and children for malaria in a single day . “I’ve never been so busy,” he said. But being busy he believes is one of the reasons malaria rates have dropped precipitously over the years in the Sauri Millennium Village located in

Washing hands improves schooling in Mwandama Millennium Village

As part of the Global Handwashing Day celebrated across the world last week, Mwandama’s schools joined together to sing, dance and have fun in the name of better health. During the event, more than 600 children in brightly colored uniforms pledged to wash their hands with soap and water – the simplest and most inexpensive

MDGs and the Accelerated Decline of Poverty and Disease in Sub-Saharan Africa

In Sub-Saharan Africa, economic development was basically stalled before the year 2000. Economic growth was low; the poverty rate was high and not falling; and disease burdens were enormous and increasing in the case of malaria and HIV/AIDS. The MDGs played an important role, together with other factors, in helping to reverse these adverse trends.

New York Times Admits Several Errors in Account of Millennium Villages

A recent article in the New York Times purported to criticize the Millennium Villages Project, but was filled with mistakes and misinterpretations. The newspaper acknowledged three errors online and ran a letter to the editor from Prof. Jeffrey Sachs. The columnist Joe Nocera was attempting to write an upbeat review of an error-filled and out

Millennium Villages: The Art of Scaling Up

For eight years, the Millennium Villages have been playing an important role in advancing the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Africa. That role is unusual and is therefore not well understood. In this article I will illustrate it through one important example: the case of malaria. Back in the year 2000, when the MDGs were