Assistance by the United Nations Trust Fund for Human Security to the project “African Millennium Villages Initiative Phase 2”

March 13, 2008

TICADO

  1. On the 13th of March (Thursday), the Government of Japan and the United Nations (UN) decided to extend assistance totalling 11,381,582.80 US dollars through the Trust Fund for Human Security to support the second phase of the project entitled “African Millennium Villages Initiative” that being implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 9 villages in 8 countries*1.
  2. *1 The project is implemented by UNDP since 2006 in the Republic of Ghana, Republic of Kenya, Republic of Malawi, Republic of Mali, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Republic of Senegal, Republic of Uganda and United Republic of Tanzania (two villages). The first phase of this project (9,179,164 US dollars) was also supported by the UN Trust Fund for Human Security.

  1. This project focuses on promoting human security by encouraging the villages to adopt an integrated approach to development based on community participation and initiatives, with the aim of lifting them out of chronic poverty in respective villages. Under this project the following activities will be implemented:
    • Eliminate hunger and malnutrition by increasing production, access and utilization of nutritious foods, with a special focus on improving nutritional status of pregnant women, nursing mothers and infants under two;
    • Improve livelihoods beyond extreme poverty by increasing incomes through both on- and off- farm activities;
    • Ensure full attendance to primary schools and eliminate gender disparity in schools;
    • Improve access to medical services, with special focus on improving women’s health and drastically reducing child and maternal mortality;
    • Decrease the rate of infection of HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and other major diseases, and increase access to essential medicines such as antiretroviral medication;
    • Integrate the principles of sustainable development into village programs to reverse the loss of environmental resources and enhance ecosystem services;
    • Increase access to energy, clean air, water and sanitation for households, schools and medical services;
    • Eliminate the digital divide by making available the benefits of communication technologies, including access to the internet and mobile telephones services;
    • Promote and disseminate the concept of human security in the field.
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