United Nations Habitat has partnered with Minecraft in a bid to improve neighbourhoods in third-world countries.

The three-year partnership is part of an initiative called “Block by Block”, which aims to upgrade 300 public spaces by 2016.

A special version of Minecraft loaded with virtual representations of existing communities will be given to students who may then use the game’s tools to plan and design their own neighbourhoods.

“By collecting input from local populations, the game can inform urban planners and decision makers about the types of improvements that would be most beneficial and appealing to the overall community,” said UN Habitat.

The pilot project has already launched in Kibera, Nairobi.

In related news, the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft has sold over four million copies, 4J Studios has announced on Twitter.

“Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition has passed 4 million sales! Incredible number, thanks to you all!” read the tweet.

Released on May 9, Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition destroyed XBLA sales records, selling a million copies in record time.