The Accra Millennium Cities Initiative

Lead PI: Dr. Susan M. Blaustein, Patricia Culligan , Kate Orff

Unit Affiliation: Columbia Engineering

January 2009 - December 2011
Africa ; Accra, Ghana
Project Type: Research

DESCRIPTION: The Millennium Cities Initiative was established to help selected, under-resourced municipalities across sub-Saharan Africa eradicate searing urban poverty and attain the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). MCI assisted the "Millennium Cities" – generally regional capitals near to the sites of the Millennium Villages Project (MVP), MCI's sister integrated rural development effort – in identifying critical gaps in realizing the MDGs, as well as the financing, programs and partners capable of filling them. MCI's extensive network of partners around the world – including investors, philanthropists and entrepreneurs; nonprofits and corporations; and governmental and multilateral institutions – joined MCI in the belief that our generation has the opportunity to complete an urban transformation across Africa and beyond.


Private Donor




Richard Plunz (Co-Principal Investigator), Elliott Sclar (Co-Principal Investigator)


millennium cities initiative (mci) millennium development goals rural development


Sustainable living