Press Release

For Immediate Release

January 16, 2009

Contact: 202-521-3880

Email: info@mcc.gov

MCC 2008 Annual Report Details Role in the Fight Against Global Poverty

Report and additional resources available at www.mcc.gov

Washington, D.C.  The congressionally-funded Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) today released its 2008 Annual Report summarizing progress of the five-year old agency and its innovative foreign assistance programs.

MCC had a banner year and our Annual Report illustrates impressive results for some of the poorest people around the world, said MCC CEO Ambassador John Danilovich. The year ahead opens an exciting chapter for MCC as we continue to influence the debate about the way the U.S. delivers foreign assistance. Our approach of holding governments accountable for the assistance they receive helps countries pursue their development objectives and focus on reducing poverty through economic growth.I am confident that the new administration will find ways to build upon this foundation and help the MCC and our partner countries achieve lasting progress.

The 2008 Annual Report provides an overview of MCCs history and organizational structure, as well as the status of all current programs. The report also includes specific examples of how MCCs compact and threshold programs are moving forward and focusing on the impacts for beneficiaries. The report offers examples from the field including: Armenia, Benin, Cape Verde, El Salvador, Georgia, Ghana, Honduras, Madagascar, Mali, and Vanuatu. The full report is available online at www.mcc.gov.

In addition to the 2008 Annual Report, the agencys website, www.mcc.gov, includes opportunities to learn how MCC is working to change the conversation about the U.S. Governments efforts to reduce global poverty through economic growth.

  • Share MCC news through your choice of social networking sites including Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, Bebo, Yahoo Buzz, and more
  • Watch videos of MCC events
  • Read blog entries about MCC’s programs and firsthand accounts from the field
  • Search articles and op-eds, and view videos from international press organizations
  • Study MCC quarterly reports on compacts and threshold programs
  • Explore stories about people and families who are partnering with the U.S. through MCC to reduce poverty around the world.

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The Millennium Challenge Corporation, a U.S. Government agency designed to work with developing countries, is based on the principle that aid is most effective when it reinforces sound political, economic, and social policies that promote poverty reduction through economic growth. For more information, visit www.mcc.gov.