Communities Without Boundaries International Inc. (CWBI) has signed an MOU with Millennium Promise Alliance, Inc. (MPA).
The objective and purpose of this MOU is to establish a basis for cooperation between CWBI and MPA to carry out integrated MDG based nonviolence, peace and development program interventions. MPA is a not for profit organization providing operations and resource mobilization support to the Millennium Villages Project, a multi-stakeholder initiative spearheaded by the Earth Institute, Columbia University which provides direction through research and development. MVP offers an integrated and scalable approach to rural development by simultaneously addressing the challenges of extreme poverty in eight identified sectors: food, water and energy, environment, technology and innovation, gender equality, mother an child health, education, and business development. The Millennium Villages are designed to demonstrate how the MDGs can be met in rural Africa through community-led development and support the scaling up of this concept.
One of the key lessons learned from MDG is the inextricable interconnection between poverty, conflict and violence. In this regard, two groups that must be tapped to accelerate achievement of MDGs/SDGs are youths, women and civil society organizations. Youth and women, who are often marginalized by economic, social, and cultural structures, frequently become both victims and perpetrators of violence. Addressing the challenges and opportunities they face and embracing strategies they have a stake in is key to reorienting them away from violence and towards contributing positively to their own lives, to their communities, and to a sustainable future. As well, indigenous groups of formal and informal networks hold untapped capacities that may be catalyzed for sustainable development programs and projects. Organizing these groups—youths, women and civil society organizations—in cooperatives and leveraging their capacities through proven community building and development strategies that embrace nonviolence values can yield promising returns toward achieving sustainable development.