In an effort to further bolster the Millennium villages project-MVP, the government of Japan has extended a grant worth over U$ 1.3 million.
The grant according to the understanding between government of Japan and Rwanda will be extended towards continued improvement of water and sanitation, health and nutrition, agriculture , business development as well as education.
“This support is in line with Japan’s assistance towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Rwanda,’ read the statement from the Japanese embassy to Rwanda
The statement further said the grant that is extended through the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) will also facilitate the transfer of interventions to local ownership, and to perform monitoring and evaluation work in Mayange Sector, Bugesera District, Eastern Province.
“This support is an expansion of Japan’s support to the MVP in Rwanda following the grant extended to the same project in April and December, 2014, in the amount of approximately 2.5 million USD,” the statement further read.
Moreover, the project is implemented in keeping with the Japanese commitments made at the Fifth Tokyo International Conference for African Development (TICAD V) held in Yokohama, Japan, in June, 2013, according to the same statement.
The grants also stresses the commitment by government of Japan towards supporting the Sub Saharan African governments in the progress being made towards Millennium Development Goals-MDGs, human security, and the achievement of balanced and sustainable development of the continent as a whole.
“It is the hope of the Government and the people of Japan that this Grant assistance will be utilized efficiently and effectively,” the statement noted.
The Millennium Villages projects MVP that aims at facilitating the African governments to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2015 was launched in 2005/2006 and its second phase that began in 2011 that runs till next year.