Threshold Program

The objective of the Threshold Program is to assist a country in becoming compact eligible by supporting targeted policy and institutional reforms. MCC works with Threshold Program-eligible countries on these reforms through country-specific threshold programs. USAID has administered all but one threshold program and is responsible for the day-to-day program management.

MCC’s Threshold Program has expanded and strengthened the U.S. Government’s dialogue with country partners and created an opportunity for MCC to support institutional reforms in countries, using the incentive of potential Compact-eligibility.

Threshold Program Review

MCC recently concluded a year-long review of the Threshold Program to assess whether the program is achieving its policy and program objectives. Based on the results of the review and early threshold programs, MCC developed a body of lessons learned.

Next Generation Threshold Program

The next generation of the Threshold Program will continue to assist countries in their efforts to become Compact-eligible by supporting targeted policy and institutional reforms, thereby providing countries with an opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to the broad policy areas underlying the MCC eligibility indicators. Instead of seeking to directly assist a country in improving its performance on a specific eligibility indicator, however, the enhanced Threshold Program will seek to indirectly affect the indicators by focusing on policy and institutional impediments to economic growth. 

Threshold Program Evaluations

MCC is committed to evaluating individual threshold programs to ensure that lessons learned are available for future programs and to ensure accountability to its stakeholders. At a minimum, the independent program evaluation must:

  • Identify the program outputs and outcomes;
  • Assess the efficiency and effectiveness of the threshold program;
  • Provide lessons learned that may be applied to similar projects;
  • Assess the likelihood that results will be sustained over time.
Evaluations by Program
Country Program Expected Project Completion Program Goals Status of Evaluation Report
Burkina Faso 9/30/2008 Improving girls’ attendance, enrollment and retention in primary   school Burkina Evaluation Page
Malawi 9/30/2008 Reducing corruption and improving good governance Malawi Evaluation Page
Albania 11/15/2008 Reducing corruption and improving the business environment Evaluation to begin 2011
Tanzania 12/30/2008 Reducing corruption and improving rule of law Evaluation underway
Zambia 2/28/2009 Reducing corruption, increasing government effectiveness, and improving the business environment Zambia Evaluation Page
Philippines 5/29/2009 Reducing corruption and improving fiscal policy Evaluation TBD
Indonesia 12/31/2010 Reducing corruption and improving immunization rates Evaluation underway
Jordan 8/29/2009 Improving civil liberties, voice and accountability, political rights and trade policy Evaluation TBD
Paraguay 8/31/2009 Reducing corruption, improving the rule of law and improving the business environment Evaluation TBD
Uganda 12/31/2009 Reducing corruption Evaluation TBD
Ukraine 12/31/2009 Reducing corruption and improving rule of law Evaluation to begin 2011
Guyana 2/23/2010 Improving the business environment and fiscal policy Evaluation TBD
Moldova 2/28/2010 Reducing corruption Evaluation to begin 2011
Niger 12/31/2009 Improving girls’ primary enrollment, reducing corruption and improving the business environment Evaluation in progress
Kyrgyz Republic 6/30/2010 Reducing corruption and improving the rule of law Evaluation TBD
Kenya 12/31/2010 Reducing corruption Evaluation TBD
Indonesia 12/31/2010 Reducing corruption and improving immunization rates Evaluation in progress
Sao Tome & Principe 4/15/2011 Reducing corruption, improving fiscal policy, and improving the business environment Evaluation TBD
Albania (Second threshold program) 7/31/2011 Reducing corruption and improving the rule of law Evaluation to begin 2011
Peru 7/31/2011 Reducing corruption and improving immunization rates Evaluation TBD
Paraguay (Second threshold program) 10/31/2011 Reducing corruption and improving the rule of law Evaluation TBD
Rwanda 12/31/2011 Improving civil liberties, voice and accountability, and political rights Evaluation in progress
Liberia 9/30/2013 Improving trade policy, land rights and access, and girls’ primary education rates Evaluation TBD
Timor-Leste 10/31/2013 Reducing corruption and improving immunization rates Evaluation TBD