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Happy Birthday, MCC! An American Experiment in Promoting Effective Economic Development Turns 20
January 24, 2024
Yesterday marked two decades since President George W. Bush signed into law a consolidated spending bill that carried authorization for the creation of a new innovative US aid agency. The win came nearly two years after the president unveiled his bold vision that centered on “a new compact for globa...
Congressional Divide on FY24 US Development Spending Brings More Questions than Answers
July 27, 2023
Last week’s Senate Appropriations Committee markup revealed a vast gulf dividing the Capitol with respect to development and diplomacy funding for the coming fiscal year. The two chambers’ State and Foreign Operations spending bill toplines are more than $9 billion apart, with the House coming in at...
MCC’s Next Frontier? How Legislation Could Pave the Way for New Partnerships
May 05, 2023
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee this week approved bipartisan legislation that would expand the list of countries the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) can engage while preserving its strict eligibility requirements that demand partners adhere to principles of good governance and uphold ...
Remembering Dana Hyde, MCC’s Fourth CEO
March 09, 2023
Dana Hyde showed tremendous leadership and wisdom as the fourth head of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), serving for nearly three years during President Obama’s second term. These brief notes on her leadership are our way of providing a tribute to her major contributions to MCC’s effectiv...
The 117th Congress Resolves to Spend More on Development in the New Year: A Look Back at the FY23 Omnibus
January 10, 2023
Ahead of the holiday break, US lawmakers reached agreement on a final FY2023 spending deal. After months of stalled negotiations, an omnibus appropriations package was far from guaranteed. But concerns about the consequences of a long-term continuing resolution—and the prospect of adding a major tas...
How Does MCC Fit Into the New US Commitment to Africa? Interview with Alice Albright
December 14, 2022
As African and US Leaders meet in the Washington Summit this week, we decided to ask the leader of a key agency, with a long track record on the continent, how it is contributing to more effective and expanded US engagement. We asked Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) CEO Alice Albright a series...
The MCC Wants to Work in Richer Countries. It’s a Bad Idea.
August 25, 2022
The existing MCC income cutoff is based on the robust principle that the best buys in global development are concentrated in the world’s poorest countries. (Indeed, when the Corporation started, it only worked in low-income countries for that reason). There is a declining marginal utility of a dolla...
As Summer Heats Up, Does MCC Need a Bigger Pool?
July 25, 2022
MCC’s singular mission of tackling poverty through economic growth and its unique, data-driven approach to investment have long held bipartisan appeal. But MCC may be best known for partnering with lower-income countries that are relatively well-governed.
Want More Infrastructure in Poor Countries? Help MCC Do More
July 25, 2022
Few would question that building productive infrastructure has to be at the center of development goals, energy access, food security, and combatting and adapting to climate change. We just saw G7 countries make a bold commitment to infrastructure, launching the Partnership for Global Infrastructure...
Ukraine Needs the Millennium Challenge Corporation. The MCC Can’t Help.
June 30, 2022
The MCC is particular about which countries it supports. Among the requirements, Ukraine passes the agency’s (important and legitimate) hurdle that it only works in the world’s low- and lower-middle-income countries. It also passes a lot of other tests the MCC lays out for support, based on a scorec...