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The Millennium Villages Project – a new approach to ending rural poverty in Africa?

Briefing/policy paper

Written by Eva Ludi, John Farrington

Briefing/policy paper

Proponents of the Millennium Villages Project argue that the complex problems facing rural development in Africa require a ‘big push’ if substantive progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is to be made – and propose the simultaneous introduction of improvements in agriculture, health, transport, energy, technology, telecommunications and internet connectivity, costing US$110 per person per year over 5 years, and funded mainly from aid flows. This paper examines the challenges this initiative faces, and the questions it raises, in its search for ‘quick wins’ to reach the MDGs.

Lídia Cabral, John Farrington and Eva Ludi