MCC’s investment in Georgia helped to rehabilitate 91 schools across the country, which included upgrading utilities like electricity and water and providing modern laboratories and equipment.
Strong Partnership in Action
The Government of Georgia was a strong partner throughout the development and implementation of the compact, ensuring not only that program objectives were met but also making commitments to build on these objectives for years to come. The Government exceeded its required country financial contribution, contributing approximately $33 million towards compact investments and an additional $10.5 million to continue supporting the STEM Higher Education Project after the compact’s end.
Moreover, the Government of Georgia’s new education sector strategy envisions scaling up the projects of the compact. By 2022, it aims to direct six percent of the country’s GDP into education, which will constitute 25 percent of the state budget.
This strong government commitment to continuing and even replicating the compact’s student-centered investments—from the start of a child’s schooling to his or her placement in the job market—will help to ensure sustainability and long-term impact.
Capacity Building and Country Commitment
The success of the Georgia II Compact is a testament to the critical combination of capacity building and partner country commitment to sustaining a compact’s results.
MCC’s investments in Georgia placed an emphasis on country ownership and skills building, so that the compact’s achievements could feed into Georgia’s long-term prosperity. And the Government of Georgia’s commitment to sustaining the compact results are clear from its continued funding of the Millennium Foundation as a successor entity specifically tasked with compact sustainability.