The Millennium Village Project and African Development: Problems and Potentials
The Millennium Village Project (MVP) has come to embody hope for a new development path that might succeed where previous efforts have failed. A closer consideration of this project, however, suggests that this hope might be misplaced. Because of a general dearth of critical thought in key areas of project conceptualization, the MVP risks reproducing the problems of previous top-down, expert-driven development efforts. This article examines the conceptual issues raised by this absence of critical thought, and the reasons why project supporters have generally overlooked these issues. It then presents a critical grassroots framework which, if incorporated into existing MVP practices, might allow for the creation of a realistic, sustainable development path in Africa. © 2008 SAGE Publications.
Progress in Development Studies
Africa, critical grassroots approach, development, Millennium village project
African Studies | Development Studies | International and Area Studies | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology
Carr, Edward, "The Millennium Village Project and African Development: Problems and Potentials" (2008). International Development, Community, and Environment. 107.