The Millennium Institute (MI) is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization with a vision of a world in which decision makers apply extensive knowledge and a systemic perspective to bring about a sustainable, equitable, and peaceful global society. MI strives to realize its vision by enabling decision makers to use system dynamics thinking and tools to analyze and understand the interconnectedness between economic, social, environmental factors.
MI works at the cutting edge of international development, combining over three decades of technical excellence and vast field experience in the macro analysis of economic, social, and environmental development challenges. MI’s demonstrated understanding of the complexity of and interrelationships among policies in each sector has helped to create greater and more open dialog among stakeholders in the formulation of policies. MI has assisted more than 40 nations and regional groups to outline policies to achieve countrywide sustainable development objectives.
MI created an approach in the Threshold 21 (T21)® model that supports looking into alternative futures from the business as usual scenario, and make informed choices on a way forward that optimize the synergies and minimize or mitigate the unintended consequences of policy decisions. With partners, MI has learned how to develop capacities to implement this innovative approach successfully.
MI developed the Threshold 21 model from more than 20 years of extensive research and application carried out in consultation with the World Bank, UN agencies, developing country governments, and non-governmental organizations. Experts at the World Bank, UNDP, UNEP, and others examined T21 closely and determined it is very well suited for preparing poverty reduction strategies and conducting sustainable development policy assessments. The UNDP recommended T21 as one of the tools that supports planning to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in its “How-to-Guide: MDG-based National Development Strategies”, and UNEP also recommended it in its “Guidance Manual for Green Economy Policy Assessment”.
More recently, MI has developed the Integrated Sustainable Goals (iSDG) Model, a comprehensive simulation tool that generates country-specific development scenarios to show the implications of policy on a country’s progress towards the SDGs. The model’s interface allows users to chart potential progress toward each of the SDGs; evaluate synergies and trade-offs among proposed policies and strategies; and foresee their long-term impacts up to year 2050. The iSDG model helps countries meet the crucial challenge of localizing and defining an efficient implementation program that generates high-impact results.