Kanter AS, Negin J, Olayo B, Bukachi F, Johnson E, Sachs, SE. Millennium Global Village-Net: Bringing together Millennium Villages throughout Africa. HELINA 2007

Citation:
O. DRBUKACHIFREDERICK. "Kanter AS, Negin J, Olayo B, Bukachi F, Johnson E, Sachs, SE. Millennium Global Village-Net: Bringing together Millennium Villages throughout Africa. HELINA 2007.". In: East Afr Med J. 2001 Jul;78(7 Suppl):S43-7. UN-HABITAT; 2007.

Abstract:

The Millennium Villages Project (MVP), based at the Earth Institute at Columbia University, is a new bottom-up approach to lift developing country villages out of the poverty trap that afflicts more than a billion people worldwide, and help them get on the path of self-sustaining development. Millennium Villages are either existing or being developed in 10 countries throughout Africa (there are 12 millennium village sites running in 10 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa). MVP is an important development process for empowering communities in a manner which is replicable and sustainable. It fosters an integrated approach,whereby issues of food security, education, nutrition and health, environment and energy are addressed in combination to alleviate poverty and hunger. It does so at a modest external financial input. MVP is committed to a science-based approach to assess and monitor the progress of the communities towards clear objectives; the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This approach offers much more than simply collecting and analyzing data since the mechanism used for recording progress will provide a bridge over the divide which separates the haves and the havenots (by facilitating the sharing of solutions from one community to another bidirectionally). By so doing, it allows people to enhance their own futures in a sustainable manner. Solutions found in one community are transferable to similar communities in other MVP villages. To achieve this goal, the MVP requires an information and communication system which can provide both necessary infrastructure for monitoring and evaluation, and tools for communicating among the villages, cities and countries. This system is called the Millennium Global Village-Net (MGV-Net). It will take advantage of the latest in open source software (OpenMRS), databases (MySQL), interface terminology, centralized concept dictionary, and use appropriate technology locally for data entry.

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