2009 – MVP Bonsaaso Annual Report

This report covers the activities and achievements of the Bonsaaso Cluster of the Millennium Villages Project (MVP), which has been operating in the Amansie West District for the year 2009. MVP is implementing the UN Millennium Project’s recommendations in cross-sections of African agro-ecological zones and begun in Ghana in March 2006. Backed by rigorous measurement, the project is demonstrating how subsistence livelihoods can be transformed into small-scale commercial entrepreneurship. It is also providing robust guidelines for how the MDGs can be achieved across rural Africa within 10 years.

The Millennium Village Project aims to establish the evidence base for implementing and scaling up the proven and practical interventions needed to achieve, or set the path to achieving the Millennium Development Goals in rural Africa over a five year time-frame. This is done through a series of objectives and approaches in relation to the MDGs:

a) Through the assessment of the integrated portfolio of “best practice” technologies for achieving the MDGs across sectors in the different poverty/hunger hotspots, including the per capita costs of the investments. The objective is to determine, together with communities, which interventions are most effective in the different poverty/hunger hotspots, and are thus likely to be adopted, and how large likely benefits will be to local communities and individual households. Such information will, in turn, help identify development and policy priorities for the different agro-ecosystems.

b) Through the examination of the methods for scaling-up and the institutional frameworks needed for large-scale dissemination within an agro-ecological zone, working through national decentralization and extension systems, non-governmental organizations, grassroots organizations, and marketing institutions. The objective is to determine the most efficient way to deliver information, technology and services – including indigenous practices — through the array of agencies, both governmental and non-governmental, and community organizations to overcome the obstacles that have limited progress in the past.

The MVP is anchored in three interlinked components:

  1. (i)  the principles of community participation, leadership, and cost-sharing;
  2. (ii)  appropriate science-based innovations and local knowledge; and
  3. (iii)  a costed national action plan for the time-bound and targeted objectives of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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