Statement on the impact evaluation of the Millennium Villages Project

An independent impact evaluation of a Millennium Villages Project (MVP) covering 35 villages in Northern Ghana was led by Itad in partnership with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and Participatory Development Associates Ghana (PDA Ghana).

The Millennium Villages in Northern Ghana Impact Evaluation (MVEval) was funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and undertaken between 2012 and 2017.

On the findings from the evaluation, Chris Barnett, Technical Director at Itad said:

“Our independent and robust evaluation found that although there were some benefits to the communities such as increases in primary school attendance, the number of births attended by skilled professionals and access to improved toilet facilities, the Millennium Villages Project did not achieve significant progress overall on reducing the level of poverty or hunger.

What the evaluation findings also underline is that rigorous evidence must be programmed in at the earliest opportunity to inform significant investments in complex, poverty reduction projects such as MVP to ensure positive impact and cost-effectiveness.”