Millennium Villages

You can affordably help far more people — where they live now —  by supporting The Millennium Villages than you can by adopting a single child. I designated my donation to be used in Tanzania because they need more funding there. Here’s the remarkable economic breakdown.

The Millennium Villages are based on a single powerful idea: impoverished villages can transform themselves and meet the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 if they are empowered with proven, powerful, practical technologies. It is simply a “bottom up” approach to lifting villages in developing countries out of the poverty trap that confines more than one billion people worldwide.

The concept? Doing all of it at once. Goals can be achieved by bundling critical yet straightforward solutions in a comprehensive investment strategy and working directly with the poorest of the poor.

By investing in health, food production, education, access to clean water, and essential infrastructure, these community-led interventions will enable impoverished villages to escape extreme poverty once and for all. Once these communities get a foothold on the bottom rung of the development ladder they can propel themselves on a path of self-sustaining economic growth.

The concept was developed by a team of scientific experts at The Earth Institute at Columbia University and the UN Millennium Project. Millennium Promise is working in more than 75 villages in ten different countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania and Uganda.

Here’s a new and really entertaining article from Vanity Fair on the brilliant economist Jeffrey Sachs, the mastermind behind the whole thing. Angelina Jolie calls him “one of the smartest people in the world,” so I guess we can agree on that one thing. ^^

4 responses to “Millennium Villages

  1. 배달효성 HyoSung Bidol

    Dear Jane,

    We met a few years ago in New York City when you read from your book in a very loud seafood restaurant in Ktown. I try to read your blog whenever I get a chance. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I’m in Seoul for the summer and would love to meet up with you again. My email is hyosung11@gmail.com and my phone number is 010.8689.2282. I hope we can meet.

    Sincerely,
    HyoSung

  2. I am interested in this program and also think Jeffrey Sachs’s work is very important. You might be interested to know that in China there’s an excellent program designed to facilitate long term foster care/adoption within China of disabled children; it’s a program that’s co-sponsored by a British charity Care for Children and the Chinese government. Here’s their website: http://www.careforchildren.com.cn/fostercare.htm.
    It’s an extremely well-run program that not only changes the lives of the children and the foster carers, but can help improve life for an entire village due to the aid that comes in to support the care of the child.

    It has the potential to develop into a full-fledged social welfare network in China, although obviously it has a long way to go. Still, their goal is to provide 1,000,000 long-term foster care homes in China by 2012.

  3. Thanks Lori for the information. Looks better than international adoption, yet it still seems like a reversed priority to me for the government to dispense the funds needed for the child’s basic costs of living to a foster carer as opposed to the original family.
    That is also the problem in South Korea. They’re promoting domstic adoption (great!) but I think that the first priority should be promoting the care of children within their original families, if the kids are not being abused. I also think that long-term foster care is under-used in Korea.
    We also need in the U.S. to provide incentives like tax credits for kinship care, so grandma gets just as much help as adopters do when she takes over the full-time caregiving role for her grandkids.
    There are many ways to care for children in family situations without going to the extreme of international adoption, so thanks very much for the information on this new idea in China.

  4. I think you should blind the social security number of the image. It can be abused by Chinese.

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