With communities in the Millennium Villages well on track to achieving the MDGs by the 2015 deadline, the next phase of the project (2011-2015) aims to strengthen gains made so far and further empower village communities through business development and diversified income generation. In order to achieve this, there will be an increased focus on farmers’ cooperatives, small enterprises, and strengthened market linkages. At the same time, core interventions in agriculture, education, and health will continue.
Phase II will also see the continued scale-up of interventions to the national level. Countries including Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, and Rwanda have already committed to adopting specific aspects of the MVP model. As communities take greater charge of their own development and governments adapt MVP-like policies to their national MDG agendas, the project will scale down its financial investment until phasing out in 2015.