Many countries with high levels of gender inequality also experience high levels of poverty. Gender inequality can be a significant constraint to economic growth and poverty reduction. MCC is committed to ensuring that gender is considered in all stages of its work with partner countries at the policy and project levels. MCC’s Gender Policy mandates the consideration of gender differences and inequalities in the selection of eligible countries, the development and design of compacts, the assessment and implementation of projects, the monitoring of program results, and the evaluation of program impacts.
MCC’s Gender Integration Guidelines provide guidance on milestones and operational procedures during these different phases. In 2011, MCC also adopted a new scorecard system, which includes a gender equality indicator to help determine country eligibility and selection for MCC investments. The gender in the economy indicator assesses a government’s commitment to promoting gender equality by providing men and women with the same legal ability to interact with the private and public sectors.