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Vanderbilt University

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Fall 2013

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Uganda: Development Studies


This study is meant to present the information gathered by the researcher during a 6-wwek practicum with the Millennium Villages Project Ruhiira office. The objective of this study is to examine the effectiveness of this organization by looking at its Health and Education sectors. By studying the interactions between the two, the paper aims to analyze the pros and cons of their interventions. During the course of this study, the researcher also learns about the local people’s view on the Millennium Villages Project as well as the difficulties Millennium has encountered when implementing the project.

The researcher used multiple methods in the process of conducting this study. At the Millennium Villages Project office in Mbarara, the researcher used documentary review and analysis of reports to prepare for the study and learn about the background of the project. the researcher also interviewed staff members in the office to understand the different perspectives of different sectors. Then in the Ruhiira project area the researcher used semi-structured interviews and focus group discussion while visiting 4 primary schools to collect information from teachers, students and parents.

During the course of the study, the researcher learned about the 4 primary schools and the Millennium interventions in these schools as well as 17 others. The researcher has identified the collaborations between the Health and Education sectors in programs such as Water, Sanitation and Hygiene and Community Health Workers who visit the schools to do health-related works. The study also shows the areas where the two sectors could have worked more on. Through the interactions with the students, teachers and parents, the researcher also gained the villagers’ perspectives on the project, which the researcher compared with the views of the staff members, who encountered difficulties with polygamy and lack of knowledge in nutrition among local people.


Civic and Community Engagement | Community-Based Research | Educational Sociology | Education Policy | Health Policy | Organization Development

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