Principles into Practice

MCC was founded with a focused mandate to reduce poverty through economic growth. MCC’s model is based on a set of core principles essential for development to take place and for development assistance to be effective—good governance, country ownership, focus on results, and transparency.

The MCC Principles into Practice series offers a frank look at what it takes to make these principles operational. The experiences captured in this series will inform MCC’s ongoing efforts to refine and strengthen its own model. In implementation of the U.S. Global Development Policy, which emphasizes many of the principles at the core of MCC’s model, MCC hopes this series will allow others to benefit from and build on MCC’s lessons.

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  • Country Selectivity

    April 07, 2014

    MCC works with a limited number of well-governed poor countries and is the only donor agency in the world to base country selection so heavily—and so transparently—on public, third-party policy performance data.

  • Principles into Practice: Impact Evaluations of Agriculture Projects

    October 18, 2012

    This MCC-USAID collaboration looks at the value, challenges and lessons of doing impact evaluation in the agriculture sector.

  • Principles into Practice: Gender Equality and Poverty Reduction through Growth

    September 24, 2012

    Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls are widely recognized as key dimensions of human progress. Most development institutions and partner governments acknowledge this in laws, policies, institutional structures, and programming.

  • Principles into Practice: Irrigated Agriculture

    April 25, 2012

    Many MCC partner countries have prioritized irrigated agriculture projects to increase rural incomes by improving agricultural productivity and access to markets, and enhance food security by expanding local food supplies and creating new income opportunities.

  • Principles into Practice: Property Rights and Land Policy

    April 25, 2012

    Many MCC partner countries have sought MCC investments in property rights and land policy because of the central role that land, natural resources and other real property assets can play in economic development.

  • Principles into Practice: Country Ownership

    November 17, 2011

    Country ownership embodies partnership, where countries consult with their citizens and civil society to design and implement programs within an MCC framework built on a focused mandate, accountability, transparency, and impact.

  • Principles into Practice: Focus on Results

    February 17, 2011

    MCC has set a high standard among the development community for its approach to results. MCC’s results framework reflects a commitment to technically rigorous, systematic and transparent methods of projecting, tracking and evaluating the impacts of its programs

  • MCC and the United States’ Global Development Policy

    September 24, 2010

    The U.S.'s new Global Development Policy embodies a set of principles and practices at the core of MCC’s model. The United States’ new approach recognizes broad-based economic growth as the primary foundation for sustained poverty reduction.

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