At Millennium Promise, our vision is the eradication of extreme poverty, hunger, and preventable disease within our lifetime.
Our mission is to provide the operational platform and resource mobilization for the Millennium Villages Project, which empowers communities to lift themselves out of extreme poverty.
We believe that extreme poverty can be cut in half by 2015, even in some of the poorest, most remote places in the world. Through the Millennium Villages Project we are showing how, using a holistic, science-based approach to benefit more than 500,000 people across sub-Saharan Africa.
We know that to effect lasting change in any one sector, we must improve them all.
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.
– UN SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON VISITING THE MILLENNIUM VILLAGE OF MWANDAMA (MALAWI), MAY 2010.
Our vision becomes action through the Millennium Villages Project.
Millennium Village sites are located in 10 countries across sub-Saharan Africa, each featuring a different ecological and geographic profile. Each site is situated in a relatively remote rural area and was considered a “hunger hot-spot” at the time the Project began.
Since then, we have begun to see what’s possible when the best scientific research is combined with local expertise and the latest technologies. For example, after the first few years of the Project communities have seen promising early results, including:
- Increased maize yields, from 1.3 to 3+ metric tons per hectare
- Improved drinking water, with household usage increasing from 21% to 68%
- Expanded access to HIV testing, from 8% to 28% of adults tested in the last 12 months
- Reduced malaria prevalence, from 22% to 5%
- Free basic health care for families, including visits from Community Health Workers
- Access to adult education classes for women starting new businesses
Each of these accomplishments builds on the others, showing the exponential effect of our integrated approach.
Public, private, and non-profit partners show their commitment to ending extreme poverty by supporting Millennium Promise.
Our partners provide essential funds, expertise, and leverage for the success of the Millennium Villages Project.
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
In addition, our MDG Global Leaders Tommy Hilfiger, Renzo Rosso, and Youssou NDour contribute their passion and support to educate the public and encourage other leaders to join the movement to end extreme poverty.
With a team of nearly 1,000 employees across Africa, Millennium Promise is headquartered in New York with regional offices in Dakar, Senegal, and Nairobi, Kenya. Locally staffed site teams collaborate with local communities to drive Project activities and achieve objectives.
Millennium Promise provides the operational leadership for the Millennium Villages Project, alongside science and policy leadership from the Earth Institute at Columbia University.
Together, we are empowering 500,000 people across sub-Saharan Africa with the tools and resources they need to break the cycle of extreme poverty for good.
Background & Founders
We measure our success by the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the time-bound targets for reducing global poverty agreed to by 189 UN member states in 2000.
In 2005, five years after the 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, with a specific mandate to translate the world’s goals into tangible results.
We have the technology, we have the knowledge, and we have made remarkable progress so far. But our work is not yet done.
To reach success by 2015 we need commitments of support from donors and partners at every level and from every area that touches our work.
Together, our generation can end extreme poverty – Join us today!
Millennium Promise is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization in the United States and donations are tax deductible.