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Millennium Promise works with impoverished communities, national and local governments, and partner organizations to implement high-impact programs aimed at transforming lives on the continent and engaging donor nations, corporations, and the general public in the effort. Our work is premised on the belief that, for the first time in history, our generation has the opportunity to end extreme poverty, hunger, and disease.


The mission of Millennium Promise is to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - eight globally endorsed objectives that address the many aspects of extreme poverty - in Africa by 2015.


Our flagship initiative, the Millennium Villages, now operating in 80 villages across 10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, takes a comprehensive approach to addressing extreme poverty. By combining the best scientific and local knowledge, Millennium Villages address all the major problems simultaneously -- hunger, disease, inadequate education, lack of safe drinking water, and absence of essential infrastructure -- to assist communities on their way to self-sustainable development. The project is already producing remarkable results.

Millennium Promise also plays a leading role in mobilizing the private sector to find solutions to key problems that contribute to extreme poverty in Africa , like malaria, which kills between one and three million Africans a year. Millennium Promise is a founding partner of Malaria No More, an initiative launched at the December 2006 White House Summit on Malaria that seeks to galvanize corporations, foundations, faith-based groups, grassroots networks, and the public to support a comprehensive approach to controlling the deadly, yet preventable disease.


Currently, there are 80 Millennium Villages in sub-Saharan Africa. While, these villages are at different stages of implementation, all have achieved substantial increases in sustainable agriculture, health, education and infrastructure.

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI), a leading British think tank, issued an independent review of the Millennium Villages project on November 3. In this report, ODI notes that “the MVP has recorded remarkable achievements on the ground” and that it has “demonstrated the impact of greater investment in evidence-based, low-cost interventions at the village level to make progress on the Millennium Development Goals.” The report recommends that donors support African countries that wish to join or scale up the project, noting that, “While all innovations imply risks, the risks of not acting – in terms of the continuing costs of poverty to individuals and nations – are unacceptable in the 21st century.” The complete report can also be downloaded at


John W. McArthur is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Millennium Promise. He is also a Research Associate at the Earth Institute at Columbia University, where he previously served as Policy Director. Mr. McArthur also co-chairs, with Jeffrey Sachs, the Commission on Education for International Development Professionals, an initiative sponsored by the MacArthur Foundation to identify the cross-disciplinary training requirements for the next generation of sustainable development practitioners. Previously, he served as Deputy Director and Manager of the UN Millennium Project.
In this capacity he coordinated a global network of nearly 300 experts who served on ten thematic Task Forces and he was lead editor of the Project's final report to the Secretary-General, Investing in Development: A Practical Plan to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Prior to that experience, Mr. McArthur was a Research Fellow at the Center for International Development at Harvard University, where he coauthored the World Economic Forum's Global Competitiveness Report with Michael Porter and Jeffrey Sachs. Mr. McArthur has an MPhil in Economics from Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar; a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University's John F Kennedy School of Government; and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of British Columbia.


* Susan Blaustein,
* President Jimmy Carter
* Raymond G. Chambers, Co-Founder, Millennium Promise
* Chris Clarke
* Volkert Doeksen
* Tracey Durning
* Maria Eitel
* John B. Fitzgibbons
* Jeffrey S. Flug
* Dr. Dennis Garrity
* Ben Goldhirsh
* Rajat Kumar Gupta
* Rev. John I. Jenkins
* Angelina Jolie
* Quincy Jones
* Donald R. Keough
* Josephine Linden
* Marjorie Magner
* John W. McArthur
* John F. Megrue, Jr.,
* Amy L. Robbins, Executive Director, The Nduna Foundation
* Dr. Jeffrey D. Sachs
* Dr. Pedro Sanchez
* Dr. Awash Teklehaimanot
* Jeffrey C. Walker
* Gary L. Wilson


Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, United Republic of, Uganda


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Technical experts

Millennium Villages are locally-led, with committees composed of community members identifying needs and priorities for their village. Every village has committees focusing on Agriculture, Education, Safe Water, Infrastructure, and Health. Your gift will allow these committees to have access to scientists from all areas of expertise. The Agriculture committee can have a soil scientist assist with the analysis of local soil and recommend agricultural inputs...


Involve Communities

One Action Kit

From bake sales to fundraising dinners, Millennium Promise is excited to support local efforts and initiatives to successfully raise awareness about ending global poverty. Your donation will provide an Action Kit for a new school or community to get involved in the fight to end extreme poverty. Kits include Millennium Promise materials, press articles, a DVD and guide for organizing community action. Leaders of community...