Press Release

MCC Board Selects Five Countries for MCC Partnerships

New Compacts with Cote d’Ivoire, Kosovo and Senegal, and New Threshold Programs with Sri Lanka and Togo

For Immediate Release

December 17, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 17 — The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting on Dec. 16, 2015. The Board approved three countries as eligible for compacts and two countries as eligible for threshold programs. Three of the five countries are new partners for MCC and all have worked hard to improve their performance on MCC’s scorecard, which measures countries’ commitment to ruling justly, economic freedom, and investing in their people.

The Board selected Cote d’Ivoire, Kosovo and Senegal as newly eligible for compacts. Cote d’Ivoire, which was selected in December 2014 for a threshold program, will now transition into the compact program after showing continued improvement on its scorecard and achieving greater political stability. Kosovo, which passed MCC’s scorecard for the first time after making progress on democratic rights, is a new partner for MCC. Senegal successfully completed its first MCC compact in September and demonstrated improved scorecard performance over the life of the partnership.

In both Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire, the Board recommended that MCC explore potential investments that address regional obstacles to economic growth, in addition to domestic investments, while recognizing the need for statutory authority to optimize regional impact.

The Board also selected Togo and Sri Lanka to develop MCC threshold programs. Togo has shown a clear upward trajectory on overall scorecard performance over the past few years. Sri Lanka has embarked on a remarkable effort over the past year to reinvigorate its democratic institutions, improve governance, and restore protection of human rights.

Nepal, Niger and the Philippines were reselected by the Board to continue developing their compacts. The Board reselects all countries in compact development as part of the annual selection process. The Board deferred a vote on the reselection of Tanzania and Lesotho for compact eligibility until relevant governance concerns in both countries have been addressed.

Finally, the Board reaffirmed its commitment to developing a compact with Mongolia and its support for a strategic partnership with India to advance economic growth and poverty reduction in South Asia.

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The Millennium Challenge Corporation is an innovative and independent U.S. Government agency working to reduce global poverty through economic growth. Created by the U.S. Congress in January 2004, with strong bipartisan support, MCC provides time-limited grants and assistance to countries that demonstrate a commitment to good governance, investments in people and economic freedom. Learn more about MCC at www.mcc.gov.

Related Country Programs

  • Côte d'Ivoire Compact

    MCC transitioned Côte d’Ivoire from a threshold program to compact development in December 2015. MCC based the decision on the country’s continued political stability and scorecard improvement, passing 14 of 20 indicators in FY17 compared to five in FY13.

  • Nepal Compact

    The MCC Nepal Compact will increase the availability of electricity and lower transportation costs—helping to spur investments, accelerate economic growth, and reduce poverty.

  • Niger Compact

    MCC’s $437 million compact with the Government of Niger will address access to water for agriculture and livestock, trade barriers, and government regulation of business.

  • Philippines II Compact

    In December 2015, the MCC Board of Directors reselected the Philippines as to continue developing a second compact.

  • Senegal Proposed Compact

    MCC selected Senegal as eligible to develop a second compact in December 2015. MCC based its decision on Senegal’s strong performance on the MCC policy scorecard and commitment to the sustainability and evaluation of its first compact investment.

  • Togo Proposed Threshold Program

    In December 2015, the MCC Board of Directors selected Togo as eligible to develop a threshold program.