Millennium Promise

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At Millennium Promise, we believe that poverty in all its forms can be eliminated by 2030, even in the most challenging and remote places in the world.

By transforming science and technology into effective local-level development, Millennium Promise seeks to accelerate sustainable development across sub-Saharan Africa and beyond.

Farmers cultivating their maize

Farmers cultivating their maize crops in the Millennium Village of Mayange (Rwanda).

From 2005-15, Millennium Promise provided the operational platform and resource mobilization for the Millennium Villages Project which uses a holistic, science-based approach to benefit more than 500,000 people across sub-Saharan Africa.

Today we continue to build on this work through the Sustainable Districts Program, the Lead Farmer ProgramConnect To Learn, the One Million Community Health Workers Campaign, and other initiatives.

“Millennium Villages throughout Africa are showcasing… how effective an integrated strategy for health care, education, agriculture, and small business can be. We are seeing how to make the most of new technologies. And we are seeing how empowering women can empower whole societies… If other countries do all that you are doing, we can — and we will — achieve the Millennium Development Goals.”



Powerful Partnerships

d967d19d69d199e7fa89b76c99342dc342592c03Public, private, and non-profit partners show their commitment to ending extreme poverty by supporting Millennium Promise.

Landmark early support from the Soros Humanitarian Foundation launched the dynamic global alliance of Millennium Promise partners, a network that continues to grow today.

Millennium Promise partners include:

  • Agrium Inc. and The Mosaic Company – crop-boosting fertilizer
  • Sumitomo Chemical – insecticide treated mosquito nets to cover every sleeping site in the Millennium Villages
  • Ericsson, Lenovo, and other electronics and technology companies – school computers, broadband connectivity, and more
  • The governments of Japan, South Korea, and the United Kingdom – supporting individual Millennium Villages and essential operations
  • The national, regional, and local governments of the MVP’s host countries – Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda

Read more about Millennium Villages partnerships >

Students in the Millennium Village of Tiby (Mali). The MVP team works with teachers and parents to ensure that children receive a quality education and attend school every day, especially girls.

Students in the Millennium Village of Tiby (Mali). The MVP team works with teachers and parents to ensure that children receive a quality education and attend school every day, especially girls.

Background & Founders

In 2005, five years after the Millennium Development Goals were established, an inspired group of people began to see it was time to help mobilize the global community to fulfill these promises. Jeffrey D. Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and special adviser to the UN Secretary-General on the MDGs, teamed up with Raymond Chambers, a pioneer of private equity investing and a passionate philanthropist, to establish Millennium Promise.


Millennium Promise became the first international non-governmental organization solely committed to supporting the achievement of the MDGs — and now the Sustainable Development Goals — with a specific mandate to translate the world’s goals into tangible results.

Learn more about the MDGs >

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We have the technology, we have the knowledge, and we have made remarkable progress so far. But our work is not yet done.

Washing up after the day's school meal in the Millennium Village of Mayange (Rwanda).

Washing up after the day’s school meal in the Millennium Village of Mayange (Rwanda).

Together, our generation can end extreme poverty – Join us today!

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Millennium Promise is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization in the United States and donations are tax deductible.

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