Mozambique needs US$3.4 million for Millennium Villages programme in 2010

7 December 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 7 Dec – Mozambique will need US$3.4 Million in 2010 to carry out the United Nations initiative known as the Millennium Villages project, Hélio Banzé of the Mozambican Ministry for Science and Technology said Friday in Maputo.

During the annual Mozambican Millennium Villages meeting to analyse and harmonise work and set out an annual activities plan for 2010, Banzé also said that the estimated amount would be applies to development projects in the areas of education, agriculture, health, water and sanitation, tourism, infrastructures and fishing.

The Millennium Villages programme, put in place by the Ministry for Science and Technology, has already directly benefitted 45,000 people in the country’s poorest communities, with a view to improving the quality of life of the population.

The creation of Millennium Villages, which is part of the millennium development goals set by the United Nations in 2000, aims to give poor villages the tools they need to climb out of extreme poverty and develop for themselves, from the ground up.

There are currently five Millennium Villages in Mozambique: Chibuto, in Gaza province (south), funded by the United Nations Development Programme, Vila do Lumbo, on Mozambique Island (north), sponsored by the Portuguese government, and Malua, in Zambézia (centre), Itoculo, in Nampula (north) and Lionde, in Gaza (south), aided by the Japanese government. (macauhub)