The Rwandan government and the Millennium Villages Project agreed to develop a strategy to scale-up key aspects of the Millennium Village approach to the national level.
"The government of Rwanda has greatly benefited from [the Millennium Villages Project], which was one of the motivating factors for its Vision 2020 Umurenge Programme as the national scale-up model," Justine Gatsinzi, deputy director general in charge of the Social Protection Programme, said.
Started in 2006, the Millennium Villages Project focuses on helping countries meet the Millennium Development Goals set by the United Nations. MVP builds infrastructure, upgrades community health programs, improves agriculture, supports education and gender equality, and helps to develop local businesses in fourteen clusters of villages in some of the poorest areas of Africa.
"Close partnerships with African governments are essential to achieving and sustaining the MDGs, and we are exceptionally pleased that the government of Rwanda has come on board as a key stakeholder," Dr. Belay Begashaw, director of the MDG Centre for East and Southern Africa, said. "Working together, we hope to facilitate the spread of benefits from Mayange to the citizens of Rwanda. Our objective is to transfer ownership of the Millennium Villages to both communities and national authorities, ensuring the Africa-wide attainment of the MDGs, way beyond 2015."
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