The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) represents an innovative approach to U.S. foreign assistance and development—one that emphasizes results and accountability, incentivizes policy and institutional reforms that catalyze private sector investment, and is led by country partners with a focus on sustainability. With some of the world’s fastest growing economies in Africa, MCC is playing a leading role in helping the continent’s best-governed poor countries seize new economic opportunities and fight poverty.
Since its founding in 2004, MCC has invested more than $9 billion with 24 partner countries in Africa. The majority of MCC’s investments are infrastructure projects that have delivered clean water and sanitation to help fight disease, made transportation more efficient through construction of hundreds of kilometers of roads, improved agriculture yields by bringing irrigation to farmers, and increased access to reliable electricity for households and businesses.
The AGOA and MCA Modernization Act authorizes MCC to enter into concurrent compacts, enabling countries to develop more than one compact at a time in order to support cross-border projects that promote regional economic integration, trade and collaboration. This new authority enables MCC to employ its innovative model across borders to reduce poverty and increase stability and security around the world by addressing regional challenges to economic growth.
Through these programs, more than 656,000 people now have improved access to clean water, 191,000 farmers have been trained on improved farming techniques, and 291,000 households and commercial entities now have legal protections for their land.
MCC has invested $3 billion in trade capacity building assistance in AGOA countries on infrastructure like roads and power, on increasing productivity of small- and medium-sized businesses and export-heavy sectors, and leveraging policy and regulatory reforms.