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Japan to Support Programs in the Millennium Villages in Kenya, Nigeria, and Rwanda with Second $5 Million Grant

MP_Logo copyNEW YORK, DECEMBER 15, 2014 – A second $5 million grant from the Government of Japan to the Millennium Villages Project has just been announced. Beginning January 2015, the funds will support operations in four Millennium Villages—Sauri and Dertu (Kenya), Pampaida (Nigeria), and Mayange (Rwanda)—in keeping with Japan’s commitment to conflict prevention and peace-building in these regions.

Building upon Japan’s earlier support for the Millennium Villages Project between 2006 and 2011, this grant follows a first grant of $5 million announced on June 30 of this year. More than $20 million in funding from the Government of Japan—provided through the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security (UNTFHS) in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)—played an essential role in launching nine Millennium Villages Project sites. The Government’s support has extended to four additional countries (Benin, Cameroon, Madagascar, and Mozambique) for the establishment of new project sites in partnership with UNDP.

“The commitment of the Government of Japan to sustainable development, human security, and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in sub-Saharan Africa is exemplary,” said Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Millennium Villages Project. “Japan has been a supporter of the Millennium Villages Project from its inception, and this new round of support is enormously valuable and timely.  This contribution again demonstrates Japan’s role as a global leader in the fight to end extreme poverty. On behalf of all those who work to make this project a success, we are deeply grateful to Prime Minister Abe, the Government of Japan, and the people of Japan, for this tremendous support.”

“The Millennium Villages Project, through the support of the Government of Japan, is a leading model for countries in sub-Saharan Africa to constructively address their development challenges,” says Grete Faremo, the Executive Director of UNOPS.

The Millennium Villages Projects is a partnership initiative of Millennium Promise and the Earth Institute, Columbia University, with UNOPS as the lead executing organization. The Project’s aim is to demonstrate that progress toward the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in low-income rural sub-Saharan African villages can be made over a ten-year time frame by promoting a comprehensive package of low-cost, science-based interventions and practices within the budget structure recommended by the UN Millennium Project.

For more information please contact:

Amy Shaw
Director of Development & Communications
Millennium Promise
amy.shaw@millenniumpromise.org

Azusa Chiba
Partnerships Practice Group
United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
azusac@unops.org

Millennium Promise provides the operational platform and resource mobilization for the Millennium Villages Project (MVP), which empowers communities to lift themselves out of extreme poverty. In partnership with The Earth Institute at Columbia University and UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS), the MVP works with impoverished rural communities, African governments, and a global network of scientific, corporate, and non-governmental partners to apply evidence-based policies and interventions recommended by the UN Millennium Project, combined with local on-the-ground knowledge. Approximately 500,000 people live in the 10 Millennium Villages, all of which are located in “hunger hotspots” reflective of major farming systems across ten sub-Saharan African countries. The Project is demonstrating that the MDGs are achievable through a targeted, holistic, and cost-effective approach to community- and national- level investments.

United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world.