The Guiding Principles of the Millennium Villages

Significant progress in sub-Saharan Africa has been made in the last four decades. Life expectancy has increased by 10 years, and literacy has increased substantially. Despite these real increments, economies in sub-Saharan African countries have not grown enough to support increasing populations. A lack of basic infrastructure, health services, and education, as well as limited sources for saving and income generation are at the root of a lack of economic growth.

To end extreme poverty in sub-Saharan Africa, it is critical to invest in productive resources, infrastructure, and human capital to enable poor people to gain economic, political and social power.