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Public Event

The Millennium Villages Project:A New Approach to Ending Poverty

Tuesday, March 14, 2006 - 8:30am to 10:00am

Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Earth Institute at Columbia University spoke about the Millennium Villages Project at this CGD Event.  Senior fellow Steve Radelet moderated a Q&A discussion after Dr. Sachs' address.

Watch an excerpt from Dr. Sachs' Presentation*
*(Video streams in Quicktime-- if you do not have Quicktime on your computer download it for free)
Download the full text transcript (PDF, 93 KB)

The Millennium Villages Project, 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. Earth Institute scientists and development experts in agriculture, nutrition and health, economics, energy, water, environment and information technology are working with local communities and governments to apply a proven holistic package of interventions and investments designed to help the poorest of the poor get out of extreme poverty. The Millennium Villages Project now operates in ten African countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda.

This event was made possible in part by funding from the The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.