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  • A Nigérien Entrepreneur Finds Her Niche in Camel Milk

    Entrepreneur Wouro Habsatou Aboubacar (left) and MCC Administrative Assistant Abderahamane Diallo (right) pose at Habsatou’s camel ranch near the Youri village in Niger. Habsatou is a potential beneficiary of MCC’s Niger Compact.

    Entrepreneur Wouro Habsatou Aboubacar, who runs a camel ranch outside of Niamey, Niger, is a potential beneficiary of MCC’s $437 million compact to strengthen Niger’s vital agricultural sector.

  • Land Rights Open Economic Opportunities in Cabo Verde

    Manuel Gomes holds his newly acquired land title outside his home on the island of Maio, Cabo Verde. Mr. Gomes was able to obtain his title as a result of investments made as part of the MCC-Cabo Verde Compact that helped clarify land rights across the island nation.

    As part of the MCC-Cabo Verde Compact, the agency supported the Government of Cabo Verde in transforming the land management sector to establish a single, reliable source of land rights to facilitate private investment across the islands.

  • Dispatch from Kosovo

    Congressman Eliot Engel of New York addresses audience at the launch of the Millennium Foundation Kosovo, a Kosovo-led entity established by the Government of Kosovo to implement MCC’s new $49 million Kosovo Threshold Program, on November 14 in Pristina, Kosovo.

    MCC COO Jonathan Nash and Congressman Eliot Engel of New York were in Pristina for the launch of the Millennium Foundation Kosovo, a Kosovo-led entity that will implement MCC’s new $49 million Kosovo Threshold Program.

  • Why Blended Finance Is the “Future of Development”

    MCC Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Nash talks about how the public and private sectors can work together to mobilize private capital for public good — often called blended finance — at a conference hosted by international law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner on November 14 in London.

    MCC is at the forefront of blended finance — the practice of mobilizing private capital for public good. As MCC COO Jonathan Nash said, “By aligning business strategies with development priorities, we can strengthen outcomes to transform lives.”

  • Letter from Cabo Verde: Empowering People to Reduce Poverty, Drive Growth

    MCC Vice President for Compact Operations Robert Blau talks with Crisolita, a beneficiary of MCC’s investments in water and sanitation in Cabo Verde. Crisolita now has a toilet and water in her home on the island of São Vicente.

    MCC Vice President for Compact Operations Robert Blau reports from Cabo Verde on the closeout of MCC’s compact and its impact on the island nation’s people.

  • Veterans Day 2017: How Military Values and Skills Shape Veterans’ Work at MCC

    On November 11, Veterans Day, we honor all those who have served our country in uniform. From areas like procurement to security, veterans bring tremendous drive and expertise to MCC, helping to advance our mission to reduce poverty through economic growth.

  • Q&A with InterAction CEO Sam Worthington

    InterAction CEO Sam Worthington discusses the successes of U.S. foreign assistance, why partnering with civil society is critical to aid effectiveness, and what he considers the most pressing challenge facing the global community today.

  • Q&A with MCC’s Jennifer Windsor and Agnieszka Rawa: Celebrating International Day of the Girl Child

    In celebration of International Day of the Girl Child, MCC’s Katherine Vaughn spoke with Jennifer Windsor, MCC practice lead and senior director for gender and social inclusion, and Agnieszka Rawa, MCC managing director for Data Collaboratives for Local Impact.

  • Malawi’s Power Sector Reforms Spur Private-Sector Participation and Utility Turnaround

    Bringing power to some of the 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa without electricity takes not only power lines, but also strong policies and institutions. That’s why MCC is working with the Government of Malawi on a new approach for its power sector.

  • Investing in Kosovo’s Promise

    A photograph captures the northern Kosovo city of Mitrovica. MCC’s new threshold program in Kosovo is designed to lower energy costs for households and businesses and support the Government of Kosovo in its efforts to improve data transparency to spur growth, fight poverty, and advance stability.

    In a Devex op-ed, MCC’s Kosovo Country Team Lead Sarah Olmstead discusses the agency’s investments to lower energy costs and support the Government of Kosovo in its efforts to improve data transparency to spur growth, fight poverty, and advance stability.