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Implementing Ownership at USAID and MCC: A US Agency-Level Perspective (Brief)
January 12, 2017
This brief considers how the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) conceptualize ownership and apply the concept in practice. We focus on three pillars: ownership of priorities (the willingness and ability of donors to align their e...
Implementing Ownership at USAID and MCC: A US Agency-Level Perspective
January 12, 2017
For over ten years, the international development community, including the US government, has committed to incorporating greater country ownership into the design and delivery of foreign assistance. This paper makes six broad recommendations for how USAID, MCC, and Congress can help the US governmen...
Country Ownership in El Salvador: USAID and Local Solutions
June 22, 2016
“If we don’t take a risk, we won’t reap the rewards.” We heard this refrain from a USAID official working in El Salvador to advance USAID’s agenda to promote greater country ownership by cultivating public-private partnerships with local actors. Partnering dir...
Country Ownership at USAID: Enabling and Empowering Liberia’s Ministry of Health
April 28, 2016
The recent Ebola outbreak in Liberia underscored the need to focus on health systems strengthening and local resiliency. But who should take the lead? As the case of Liberia shows, even in a country still reeling from a health crisis and with perpetually low capacity, there are opportunities for don...
Country Ownership at MCC: Compact with Liberia Showcases MCC Model’s Flexibility
April 13, 2016
When you think of Liberia over the past two years, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Probably not a hydropower plant.
Country Ownership: Rhetoric or Reality? Let’s Find Out.
March 11, 2016
“Country ownership” has become a buzzword in the development community, but what does it really mean? A country ownership approach has multiple interpretations to different actors, within different sectors, and for different countries. It’s time to unpack this rhetoric and br...