Speech

April 29, 2013

As Prepared by

Washington, D.C.

Remarks by MCC CEO Daniel W. Yohannes at MCC’s 2013 Forum on Global Development

Thank you, Frank, for that kind introduction. I am grateful that you agreed to moderate our event.

And many thanks to Chevron and the United Nations Foundation for partnering with us to make this event possible.

Distinguished guests and friends of MCC,

Thank you for joining us for the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s 2013 Forum on Global Development! You work every day to make a difference in the lives of the world’s poor. When President Barack Obama said “progress in the most impoverished parts of our world enriches us all,” I thought of you and how your efforts are making progress possible.

MCC, too, plays a part. Earlier this month, I visited Tanzania and Senegal, two countries that are benefiting from MCC’s investments. I saw the progress we are making to lift families and communities out of poverty and toward prosperity. What impresses me most is how we do this. A huge factor in delivering sustainable growth is forging partnerships with civil society, government and the private sector. Partnerships when applied to our most pressing development challenges generate far-reaching change that matters to the poor.

We recognize that our development resources alone can only do so much in the fight against global poverty. Yet, leveraging those limited resources through effective, results-driven partnerships can maximize the good that we seek to do and sustain our efforts.

Sustainability is key. Our funding simply cannot be open-ended, particularly in these challenging economic times. That is why we work to forge enduring partnerships that can build upon our efforts, carry them forward in ways that are locally-driven and managed,  and ensure that the impact is meaningful and long-lasting.

Today’s Forum is a celebration of the power of partnerships to achieve sustainable development. Mutual accountability and shared responsibility at the heart of genuine partnerships deliver results for the world’s poor. 

Today’s speakers—as well as the recipients of MCC’s Country Commitment Award, Corporate Award and Next Generation Award—demonstrate what is possible when we partner. Let us turn now to their insights and stories, beginning with our keynote speaker who needs no introduction.

Through her service at the highest levels of government, she built partnerships around the world to further U.S. interests and advance shared values. She is known for her rigorous intellect, strong analytical skills and love for academia—and the piano. 

A distinguished Stanford University professor and provost, the first woman to serve as National Security Advisor, and the first African-American woman to serve as U.S. Secretary of State, she was instrumental in creating MCC. She brought together the right minds to work on our innovative design. She explained the strategic significance of MCC’s new approach to foreign assistance, based on partnership, not patronage, and grounded in good governance, democracy, economic freedom, and liberty.  And she recruited advocates for MCC’s path-breaking approach. We count Bono, for instance, among the many MCC friends because of her—because she reached out to him even before MCC was officially unveiled.

In her latest book, No Higher Honor, she writes of how “MCC garnered bipartisan support and remains to this day a successful innovation in the delivery of foreign assistance.” It is my privilege to introduce and welcome to the podium a true partner in the fight against global poverty: former U.S. Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice.