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Millennium Village Tour (Rwanda) ICRT Responsible Tourism Conference, London, 08-01-2010. Eos Visions [email protected] www.eos-visions.com. Introduction. Millennium Village Tour Introduction Eos Visions Millennium Villages Project Millennium Village Tour Conclusion.

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Millennium Village Tour (Rwanda)ICRT Responsible Tourism Conference, London, 08-01-2010

Eos [email protected]


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Introduction

  • Millennium Village Tour

  • Introduction

  • Eos Visions

  • Millennium Villages Project

  • Millennium Village Tour

  • Conclusion

  • William Easterly – Aid Watchers blog:

  • “Should starving people be tourist attractions?”

  • Comments of readers:

    • “people zoos”

    • “poverty tourism”

    • “poverty Disneyland”

    • “poverty porn”


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Eos Visions

  • Millennium Village Tour

  • Introduction

  • Eos Visions

  • Millennium Villages Project

  • Millennium Village Tour

  • Conclusion

  • Educational travel and destination management:

  • Companies: Burundi, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda – and Germany

  • Clients:

    • Individuals/groups: Citizen ambassador travel, professional focus travel, charity travel, special interest travel, immersion travel, luxury adventure travel, professional volunteerism

    • Universities: Academic travel

    • Organizations: Donor travel, advocacy travel

    • Corporates: Incentive travel, investor travel, event management, consultancies


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Millennium Villages Project

  • Millennium Village Tour

  • Introduction

  • Eos Visions

  • Millennium Villages Project

  • Millennium Village Tour

  • Conclusion

  • Innovative model for helping rural African communities lift themselves out of extreme poverty:

  • 12 village clusters in 10 African countries with a distinct agro-ecological zone

  • Interventions in agriculture, education, health and infrastructure

  • Highlights: Participatory community decision-making, improved science-based technologies and techniques, link to national level processes to allow for scaling up


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Millennium Village Tour

  • Millennium Village Tour

  • Introduction

  • Eos Visions

  • Millennium Villages Project

  • Millennium Village Tour

  • Conclusion

  • Concept:

  • Educational day excursions on development challenges and the successful intervention package of the MVP

  • Tourism as part of the intervention package (income generation, community mobilization)

  • PPP with Earth Institute, UNDP, local government, community representatives

  • Creation of the Rwanda Nziza cooperative with over 200 members who take all decisions, participate and benefit

  • Various training and coaching programs (cooperative development and management, guiding and presentation skills, hospitality and hygiene issues etc)


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Millennium Village Tour

  • Millennium Village Tour

  • Introduction

  • Eos Visions

  • Millennium Villages Project

  • Millennium Village Tour

  • Conclusion

  • Tour:

  • 35-minute drive from Kigali with geographical and historical introductions

  • Welcome at MVP headquarters for project introduction

  • Visit to Nyamata Church and genocide memorial

  • Various practical meetings with farmers, school workers, health workers and local micro-entrepreneurs

  • In between: Local lunch (restaurant or training facility)

  • Ubusabane get-together in a reconciliation community with presentations and cultural events

  • Late afternoon return to Kigali


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Millennium Village Tour

Millennium Village Tour

Millennium Village Tour

  • Millennium Village Tour

  • Introduction

  • Eos Visions

  • Millennium Villages Project

  • Millennium Village Tour

  • Conclusion

  • Millennium Village Tour

  • Introduction

  • Eos Visions

  • Millennium Villages Project

  • Millennium Village Tour

  • Conclusion

  • Millennium Village Tour

  • Introduction

  • Eos Visions

  • Millennium Villages Project

  • Millennium Village Tour

  • Conclusion

  • Quantitative success (Jun 07 – Dec 09):

  • 90 visits with 733 visitors who paid an average of $72

  • Total earnings of $52,925

  • After deduction of project/tour running costs, 71.9% of earnings reached the community (total $18,928)

  • Community benefits:

    • Individuals: $5,620

    • Groups: $5,981

    • Funds: $7,325

    • + sale of handicrafts


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Millennium Village Tour

  • Millennium Village Tour

  • Introduction

  • Eos Visions

  • Millennium Villages Project

  • Millennium Village Tour

  • Conclusion

  • Qualitative success (Jun 07 – Dec 09):

  • Community:

    • Mentality change – empowerment for entrepreneurship

    • Building a reconciled “Rwandan” identity through interaction with foreigners

    • Reinforcement of cultural values

  • Visitors:

    • Awareness about practical development issues

    • Awareness about reconciliation efforts

    • Awareness about entrepreneurship vs. philanthropy


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Conclusion

  • Millennium Village Tour

  • Introduction

  • Eos Visions

  • Millennium Villages Project

  • Millennium Village Tour

  • Conclusion

  • Success factors:

  • Available demand (MVP and Eos Visions)

  • Strong PR value

  • Favorable and motivated local government and community leadership

  • Ongoing community mobilization (MVP and Eos Visions)

  • Investments in institution / capacity building (MVP and Eos Visions)

  • Strong commitment to transparent benefit sharing


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Thank you!

Eos [email protected]


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