CGD Policy Blogs




Second Possible Malaria Vaccine Blocked By Politics

French researchers said that their malaria vaccine looked promising in a phase 1 study but added that politics continue to stall a long-delayed phase 2 study.

According to Monsters and Critics:

'The implementation of the phase 2 trial could`ve been done four years ago, but for reasons that are not scientific, which have been painful to me, the study still has not started,' principal investigator of the study Pierre Druilhe of the Institut Pasteur in Paris told United Press International.

FY06 Threshold Countries - Some Disturbing Choices

The MCC Board’s selection last week of 23 counties eligible to apply for funding for FY 2006 held relatively few surprises, and was very close to what we had anticipated. Although it is unfortunate that the MCC decided to add the lower-middle income countries this year, the Board limited the number of selected countries to two – El Salvador and Namibia.

CEO’s First Public Outreach Meeting

Ambassador Danilovich, the MCC's new CEO, has officially hit the DC ground running. Yesterday, he hosted his first public outreach meeting, where he publicly affirmed his commitment to selecting fewer countries and giving them much larger compacts in the hopes of fulfilling his corporation's 'transformational' goal in compact countries.

WSJ on Danilovich

Lots of crossed fingers both within the MCC and in the larger development community that John Danilovich will jumpstart the MCC. Interesting article in Wall Street Journal on Danilovich, copied below. And, as always, check out our MCA Monitor for more analysis on MCA issues.
New Chief of Bush's Foreign-Aid Plan Grapples With Cash Crunch
November 10, 2005; Page A6

Two Lower Middle Income Countries get MCA Nod

The board of the Millennium Challenge Corp. – the Bush administration’s flagship foreign aid initiative – met on Tuesday to decide which countries had been selected for participation in the program. Of the 34 countries that passed the performance indicators, the Board chose to add only 6 new countries to its current list of 17 eligible for MCC funding. Two of the six - El Salvador and Namibia - are lower middle income countries, with average incomes much higher than the countries previously covered by the program.