The Millennium Villages Project (MVP) aimed to demonstrate how the Millennium Development Goals could be achieved locally through an integrated approach to sustainable development. The project was first piloted in Kenya and Ethiopia, and in 2006 was launched at scale, eventually covering 14 project sites in 10 countries in Africa. The project has been controversial, and by 2010 there were significant criticisms of the evidence being used by the project’s proponents.

6 December 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Speaker(s): Chris Barnett

The Millennium Villages Project (MVP) aimed to demonstrate how the Millennium Development Goals could be achieved locally through an integrated approach to sustainable development. The project was first piloted in Kenya and Ethiopia, and in 2006 was launched at scale, eventually covering 14 project sites in 10 countries in Africa. The project has been controversial, and by 2010 there were significant criticisms of the evidence being used by the project’s proponents. In 2012, DFID was first amongst donors to agree to fund a new MVP in Northern Ghana but only on the condition of an independent, rigorous evaluation. The impact evaluation ran from 2012 to 2017 and used a quasi-experimental design combined with a number of longitudinal qualitative studies (including immersion research).

Integrated approaches to rural development are nothing new. Indeed, there is something intuitive about the big push of ‘doing everything together’, especially as people are unlikely to view life as a series of unconnected sectoral challenges. Yet, how do we know they work? In this seminar, Chris Barnett shares insights on some of the methodological challenges of assessing integrated approaches to development. How do we know whether the transaction costs of integrating different sectoral interventions outweigh the synergistic benefits? It is hoped that some of these lessons will have wider relevance to those interested in evaluating other multi-sectoral, interconnected and complex interventions.

Dr Chris Barnett is a Partner at Itad. His consultancy work focuses on impact evaluation and other evaluative methodologies, and he works particularly in the fields of civil society, governance, livelihoods and social investments. He is part of Itad’s senior leadership and oversees technical delivery, including quality assurance, learning and knowledge sharing. Chris is an Honorary Associate at the Institute of Development Studies and was formerly the Director of the Centre for Development Impact.

Location:
Room 221
Institute of Development Studies
BN1 9RE Brighton
United Kingdom
GB
Partner(s): Itad, Institute of Development Studies
Public - open to all