A major new report, published by Itad on 18th September 2018, details the findings from our five-year evaluation of the DFID-funded Millennium Village Project in Northern Ghana.
Findings were mixed, with positive impacts found in the areas of education, health, and hygiene – however, we found that significant progress was not made overall on reducing levels of poverty and hunger.
The independent, mixed method impact evaluation, surveyed over 2,000 households from within 35 villages in the project site and included three qualitative longitudinal studies that collected evidence on institutional change, a range of welfare measures and local perspectives.
Led by Itad in partnership with the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) and Participatory Development Associates Ghana (PDA Ghana), the evaluation also highlights how 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. We believe this is the first fully independent and robust evaluation of the impact, sustainability and cost-effectiveness of the Millennium Village Project model.
All of our household data is available for reanalysis and is intended to be used by researchers in Ghana to benefit any future studies and projects in the region.