Enhancing Transparency and Communications of MCC Operations: An Action Agenda

July 25, 2007
When the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) was launched, one of its key innovations was that it both established quantifiable performance criteria to determine country eligibility and made that data, individual country rankings, and the selection methodology publicly available. But as decisions are made against that criteria, the challenge shifts to being equally transparent in its decision making process, including, in particular, decisions that are exceptions to rules, as well as in key aspects of its operations. As the MCC heads into year three of operations supporters and skeptics alike will be looking for success stories and greater understanding of the MCC’s position in the larger foreign aid architecture. This paper argues that the MCC should deepen its transparency agenda, particularly with the consistency and clarity of the country selection decisions and the compact and threshold program development process.

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