Della  E. McMillan (Ph.D. Northwestern) is an independent consultant based in Gainesville, Florida. Dr. McMillan is an Associate Research Scientist in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Florida. Her principal research foci have been:

  • Sourou Valley, 2012
  • Sourou Valley, AMVS Irrigation Scheme, 2010
  • Ouahigouya, Burkina Faso, 2009
  • Niamey, Niger 2012
  • Baghdad, Iraq, 2010
Sourou Valley, 20121 Sourou Valley, AMVS Irrigation Scheme, 20102 Ouahigouya, Burkina Faso, 20093 Baghdad, Iraq, 20104 The Same!5

Dr. McMillan's work has taken her to over 23 countries in Africa, with a primary focus on the West African Sahel - as well as Suriname, Russia, Iraq and (remotely) Yemen.  

Her longitutional research on settlement impacts of river blindness control in West Africa became the basis of the Settlement Guidelines for River Basin Development in West Africa that was adopted by all of the OCP countries in 1994.

She is the author of 5 books and over 50 published book chapters and articles as well as numerous unpublished reports related to her consulting and training activites.

She has served on the faculty at the University of Florida and the University of Kentucky and as a visiting professor at the University of Kyoto (Japan).

COUNTRIES:  Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Central African Republic, Côte D'Ivoire, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Iraq, Kenya, Malawi. Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of South Africa, Suriname, Russia, Senegal, Togo, Uganda, Yemen

LANGUAGES:  French (level 3-4), Moré (Burkina Faso) (basic speaking); Arabic (2 years training)

EDUCATION: Ph.D., Anthropology, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.
M.A., Anthropology, PhD advisor, George Dalton, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.
B.A. History, Penelope Campbell advisor, Agnes Scott College, Decatur, Georgia.

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Telephone: (352) 377-5250 or (352) 275-6655 (cell)

Skype: mcmllanwillson

In the past I have never been very fond of sociologists because you bury your dead. If I kill a patient, I have to ask why he died. This is why the OCP needs to re-examine all of the earlier settlement - what worked and didn't work--before we look at any new ones.

Dr. Ebrahim Samba, Former Director of the Onchocerciasis Control Programme (OCP) from 1980-1994 and Regional WHO Director for Africa, 1995-2005. giving directions to the OCP Land Settlement Field Director (Della McMillan) in 1988.