The development landscape has changed fundamentally. Private actors and private finance increasingly drive development, and annual private financial flows to developing countries now amount to more than five times official aid flows.
MCC marks Earth Day with a story of how an MCC investment in Malawi helped people living in the Shire River watershed abandon charcoal production to plant and sell tree seedlings. This helps mitigate soil erosion and the sedimentation of the river.
Since its creation in 2004, MCC has reserved a seat at the table for members of civil society during compact development and implementation. Now, MCC is formalizing this process and actively seeking opportunities for our NGO partners to participate.
Data is essential for making evidence-based policy and investment decisions, and smarter investments in women and girls could be made around the world with better data sharing. MCC does its part by making its gender data public in partnership with Data2X.
MCC’s first Open Data Challenge brought together independent evaluators, colleagues from across government, open data advocates, and the public. Building on the success of the first Challenge, MCC announced the launch of round two.
The Innovation Grants Program in Zambia is engaging partners to develop and implement innovative approaches that will improve access to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, and solid waste management services in Lusaka.
MCC’s model inspires policy reform to remove barriers to private investment, and we continue to develop new approaches for attracting private investment in Africa and our partner countries around the world.
MCC champions community-led development, where program ownership and accountability are concentrated at the local level. Read the story of Elsie Lomong-oy, who says that when ordinary citizens make decisions for their communities, accountability is built in.