Kenyan Village Shows How Aid Works

    Progress is evident in villages in Sauri, Kenya, as education, health and economic indicators have improved since becoming a project area of the Millennium Villages initiative, an anti-poverty program aiming to lift rural African villages out of poverty through targeted projects. The New York Times reports that “agricultural yields have doubled; child mortality has dropped by 30 percent; school attendance has shot up and so have test scores, putting one local school second in the area, when it used to be ranked 17th; and cellphone ownership (a telltale sign of prosperity in rural Africa) has increased fourfold.”

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      Tarra Quismundo joined Devex Manila as a staff writer in October 2009 after more than six years of working as a reporter for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, a nationwide daily, for which she covered major breaking news in politics, military, police and international affairs. Tarra's Devex News coverage focuses on key Asian donors and top aid officials around the globe.