The Millennium Villages Project exhibit highlights innovative approaches to the reduction of extreme poverty in four African nations, showcasing the stories of entire communities as well as individual profiles, and demonstrating to the world that ending extreme poverty is possible.
Featuring: Ron Haviv, Ed Kashi, Gary Knight, Danny Wilcox Frazier
In 2015, the nations of the world agreed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and move humankind toward prosperity, social inclusion, and environmental sustainability. Can United Nations goals actually make a difference? The evidence is powerful and encouraging. To illustrate the progress that has been made, the visual storytellers of VII Agency, with support from the Blue Chip Foundation, have documented the Millennium Villages, a ten-year project created by economist Jeffery Sachs in ten African countries, which worked toward eliminating extreme poverty by focusing on its root causes.
VII photographed and filmed local participants in a variety of experiences—challenges endemic to the area and success stories of obstacles overcome—in Ethiopia, Ghana, Rwanda and Senegal. The goal is to show the progress that hundreds of thousands of people have made and to demonstrate to the world that ending extreme poverty is possible. These experiences can help guide the greater efforts of development organizations, governments, and the public at large.
As the world embarks on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, we have a responsibility to learn from what we have done in the past and to move toward making a sustainable future for all.
Ron Haviv is an Emmy-nominated, award-winning photojournalist and co-founder of the photo agency VII, dedicated to documenting conflict and raising awareness about human rights issues around the globe.
Ed Kashi is a photojournalist dedicated to documenting the social and political issues that define our times. As a member of VII Photo Agency, Kashi has been recognized for his complex imagery and its compelling rendering of the human condition.
Gary Knight writes, “The most meaningful part of my professional life has not changed in 25 years, wherever my career has taken me. The one constant has been my fascination and love for being out there in the world immersed in—and sharing—the lives of others.”
Danny Wilcox Frazier focuses his work on marginalized communities across the United States. Frazier has photographed people struggling to survive the economic shift that has devastated rural communities throughout America. His work acknowledges isolation and neglect, while also celebrating perseverance and strength.
The VII Foundation is an independent, charitable media and education nonprofit organization. It was founded by Ron Haviv and Gary Knight in 2001, when they recognized that media funding for long-term projects was diminishing. In order to continue to produce work that addressed complex social, economic and human rights issues, they started the Foundation as an independent nonprofit structure to secure support for continuing documentary practice and education.
The Blue Chip Foundation empowers the global community and strengthens economies through sustainable development.