MCC’s Partnership Vision
MCC seeks to partner with organizations that share our goal of achieving poverty reduction through economic growth.
Building partnerships with MCC starts with defining a shared vision of what we want to achieve together. While some partnerships are short-term and limited in scope, we believe the most effective partnerships are sustained over time, and extend beyond a single project. All partnerships must be rooted in a shared objective; leverage the strengths of each partner; and include shared risks, responsibilities, resourcing, and outcomes.
MCC partnerships take many forms and benefit both MCC and our partner organizations by increasing our respective access to cutting-edge research, knowledge, data, funding, networks and expertise. Partnerships can help open new markets, scale programs, drive innovation, and transform the lives of people around the world.
Current Partnership Opportunities
MCC seeks to partner with organizations that will bring their resources and capabilities to align with MCC programs. Please contact MCC using the link below if you are interested in partnering in the following areas.
Education and Employability
MCC believes that poverty reduction and economic growth are possible when countries invest in educating their people. For MCC, the business case for investing in education is twofold.
First, the skills-employment mismatch is costing firms money. Because they can’t recruit the right employees and retain a skilled workforce, businesses are spending money on re-training, leaving positions empty, and losing out on productivity and innovation gains. This mismatch stunts economies and limits household consumption. To match skills to demand, MCC designs programs that directly involve businesses in the policy, development, and delivery of skills and training programs.
Second, youth unemployment is not only an economic issue, it’s a social one. Employment and employability keep youth engaged and productive. Youth need the skills to participate, grow, and thrive in today’s global economy, and women’s participation is critical to the health and welfare of the next generation.
To date, MCC has invested more than $600 million in education. MCC’s current portfolio is more than $300 million in secondary and technical vocational education and supporting transition into employment in El Salvador, Morocco, and Cote D’Ivoire. MCC is also evaluating opportunities to invest in education in Timor- Leste.
If you are interested in partnering to support education and employability, please contact email@example.com.
Digital Capacity Building & Infrastructure
The data revolution is creating an abundance of multi-sector, real-time, citizen-generated, georeferenced, and big data. Governments, non-government organizations (NGOs), businesses, and civil society in MCC partner countries need the skills to leverage this new and increasingly complex resource to inform policy-making and make investment decisions. Countries need this capacity to strengthen their services, augment citizen engagement, make the most of scarce resources, and more cost-effectively drive their own goals and priorities for achieving sustainable development.
MCC is interested in partnering with organizations that can help increase data and technology capacity and connectivity in MCC partner countries. Collaboration could include activities such as: deepening local capabilities for coding, data entry, data analysis, data visualization, geospatial analysis, and systems networking; providing training and employment for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and data science-related careers; encouraging standardization of technology and interoperability; strengthening technology policy and planning capacities; strengthening ICT sector regulation; providing funds, tools, equipment, or software; and enhancing internet access, broadband connectivity, and data infrastructure.
In Lesotho, MCC is interested in collaborating with others to strengthen the national health management information system, and to enhance internet and data infrastructure.
If you are interested in partnering to support digital capacity building and infrastructure, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Data for Transport Monitoring and Planning
MCC is interested to learn about the application of remote sensing and big data methodologies to track real-time and near-real-time transport system indicators, such as travel time through critical economic corridors, for purposes of transport system planning and monitoring.
In particular, these transport system indicators could be applied to MCC investments in Cote D’Ivoire and other eligible countries. If you would like to start a discussion on different technologies and methodologies to improve transport system planning and monitoring, please contact email@example.com.
Women’s Economic Empowerment
Strengthening economic opportunities for women is fundamental to MCC achieving its mission to reduce poverty through economic growth. As part of its data-driven model, MCC consistently works with partner countries to unlock the economic potential of women and overcome financial, legal, and cultural barriers that prevent women from fully engaging in their countries’ economies.
MCC supports activities to expand income-generating activities and employment opportunities for women, increase women’s access to land, education, and skills development and enable women-owned businesses to take advantage of new market opportunities. As women’s economic empowerment is integral to the work that we do, MCC seeks partners who support gender equity across MCC’s portfolio sectoral investments.
If you have an idea and would like to start a discussion on how to link your women’s economic empowerment program to our investments, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Productive Use of Energy
MCC invests in the electricity sector to create self-sustaining electricity systems to meet current and future household and business electricity needs and attract private investment to stimulate economic growth. The bulk of MCC’s investments go into strategically identified electricity infrastructure, spanning the entire power sector value chain. In Liberia, Ghana, Benin, and Senegal, MCC also supports initiatives to facilitate safe and legal access to reliable electricity in markets and economic enclaves in urban and rural areas.
If you are interested in partnering to support the productive use of this energy with micro, small, and medium-size enterprises, please contact email@example.com.
Access to Financial Services
MCC understands that access to financial services is essential for people to start and grow their businesses, have safer and more transparent ways of transferring money, and to build their asset base through financial history. MCC is currently looking at different approaches to integrate access to financial services to better enable resettlement, utility, and social service payment programs supported by the Compacts in Nepal, Senegal, and more.
Access to financial services is also important to MCC’s support to productive sectors and women’s economic empowerment. MCC is currently evaluating support for these areas in Lesotho. If you are interested in partnering to support access to financial services, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Agricultural Sector Development
Growth in agriculture is, on average, at least twice as effective in reducing poverty as growth in other sectors and is known to reduce poverty directly by raising farm incomes, and indirectly by generating employment and reducing food prices. Nonetheless, economic growth and food security objectives can be difficult to achieve for a number of reasons, such as poor roads, drought, low soil quality, inefficient crop watering systems, lack of proper crop storage, unhealthy livestock, lack of access to financing, and an absence of secure land rights.
MCC has invested more than $5 billion in partner countries to address the many sources of food insecurity. MCC investments cover a wide range of projects that target transportation and storage infrastructure, irrigation systems, access to finance, farmer training and nutrition and sanitation. Currently, MCC supports an agricultural development program in Niger and is evaluating investments in Malawi.
If you are interested in partnering to support the agricultural sector development, please contact email@example.com.
Water Supply and Access
As part of MCC’s commitment to reduce poverty worldwide, the agency has invested $2.2 billion in clean water, sanitation, and natural resource improvement projects in partner countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America since 2004.
Access to clean water and adequate sanitation is a fundamental pillar for improving the livelihoods and well-being of the world’s poor. Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) investments help reduce illness from water-borne diseases. Irrigation investments support increased agricultural productivity and farmer incomes. Investing in regulatory and utility strengthening is critical to improve sustainable access affordability, and quality service levels. MCC currently has investments in water supply and access in Mongolia, Sierra Leone, Niger, and is evaluating a program in Timor Leste.
If you are interested in partnering to support water supply and access, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
A healthy population is strongly linked to economic growth and poverty reduction. Taken together, MCC investments strengthen institutions and help governments provide critical, cost-effective health services that improve lives and build a more productive workforce.
MCC is currently evaluating a program to support health systems modernization in Lesotho.
If you are interested in partnering to support this program, please contact email@example.com.
Employee Engagement and Corporate Volunteerism
MCC believes that private sector expertise and approaches are key to bringing innovation, cost-efficiencies, and sustainability to MCC programs. We are open to working with companies to identify employee engagement projects in furtherance of MCC’s mission and programmatic goals in MCC Partner Countries. Our programs range from youth engagement and employability to water and energy system improvement and access.
If you have an idea and would like to start a discussion on how to link your employee engagement program to our projects, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why Partner with MCC?
MCC is a unique partner in international development. Here are a few reasons to consider partnering with us:
- Strong Country Relationships: Our country ownership model means we develop strong relationships in our partner countries at the highest levels of leadership.
- Sustainability and Scale: Our investments support models and approaches for economic development that strive for scale and replicability. Partnerships offer a unique proving ground for subsequent operations and investment within our time-limited compacts and threshold programs.
- Proven Expertise: MCC’s staff and the country partners who oversee our investments on the ground have deep sectoral and country knowledge, and we work with key influencers and implementers who are driving economic growth.
- Systematic Approach: We understand that to achieve poverty reduction through economic growth, we need to invest in policies, institutions, people, and infrastructure—and we tailor each of our investments to address the unique needs of our partner countries.
- Value Partnership: We know we need smart, innovative, dedicated, and thoughtful partners who are willing to invest alongside us to drive sustainable growth and reduce poverty.
What Do We Look for in a Partner?
MCC partners with companies, financial institutions, foundations, universities, non-governmental organizations, faith-based organizations, development agencies, and fellow U.S. government agencies, because we know partnerships increase our shared impact.
No matter what type of entity you represent, we’re looking for:
- Knowledge and Information: We look to collaborate with organizations that have specialized knowledge, information, and data. Together we can work to stay on the cutting-edge of development using new tools, research, and methods.
- Networks and People: An ideal partner not only brings their unique talents to our mission and programs, but also brings a like-minded network of associates that help us engage a wider group of stakeholders.
- Innovation: We value new ideas, new approaches, and more effective and affordable products and services that help us work more productively.
- Quantifiable Investment: We aim to use our public resources to attract additional investments. Whether through direct funding or other tangible contributions, we are looking for partners that want to invest with or alongside MCC.
- Value Partnership: While partnership is a powerful tool for achieving shared goals, it is not always easy and requires flexibility and patience. We look for partners who are ready to co-create, learn with us, and continually reflect on how we can best achieve our individual interests and shared goals.
We offer partnership opportunities with both MCC directly and with our country counterparts.
These partnerships are between MCC and one or more partners to actively share knowledge, technical expertise and other resources to expand the impact of our programs and achieve mutual objectives. Examples of agency-level partnerships include:
MCC Partnership with Bechtel for Integrated Master Planning
In September 2018, MCC announced a partnership with Bechtel focused on national infrastructure master planning in Africa. This partnership builds upon MCC’s deep infrastructure experience on the continent while leveraging the agency’s new authority to make cross-border investments, and Bechtel’s global expertise in integrated master plan development and implementation.
MCC Partnership with the U.S. Department of State for the Expansion of WiSci
MCC signed a partnership agreement with the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Partnerships to increase MCC’s participation in future Women in Science (WiSci) camps around the world. This agreement has the potential to expand MCC and the U.S. Government’s reach in supporting women’s empowerment and enhancing science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) education for girls around the world. Promoting gender equality and supporting women’s economic empowerment is fundamental to achieving MCC’s mission and empowering women leads to stronger economies, increases in household incomes, and private sector growth.
MCC Partnership with OECD to Catalyze Investment
MCC recognizes that investment needs in our partner countries far exceed the funding we can provide alone. That is why MCC and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have signed a partnership agreement to help catalyze investment in the developing world. By matching the extensive research in MCC’s Constraints Analyses with the OECD’s Multi-Dimensional Country Reviews (MDCR), we create an opportunity for the development community to focus and inform their investment decisions and maximize their impact.
MCC Partnership with PEPFAR to develop Data Collaboratives for Local Impact
MCC and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) have partnered to support innovative, country-led approaches that demonstrate evidence-based decision-making for global health, gender equality, and economic growth programs and policies. MCC is a world leader in the use of data for the design and implementation of large-scale development programs, and PEPFAR has saved millions of lives through its innovative approach to achieving an AIDS-free generation. MCC is advising on and overseeing several PEPFAR-funded activities that use data to improve programs, policies, and decision-making that advance the mission of both organizations.
These partnerships support the implementation of MCC’s investments in our partner countries. There are a number of ways to partner with us as part of our compact or threshold programs, including co-investing, using the country-level program as a catalyst for your investment, participating in a challenge or matching grant program, or participating in a tender for a formal public-private partnership (PPP). Examples of country-level partnerships include:
Partnership for Results-Based Financing in Sierra Leone
The Millennium Challenge Coordinating Unit (MCCU) in Sierra Leone established a partnership with Instiglio in 2018 to collaborate in the design and implementation of the Results-Based Financing Activity to improve the performance of utility companies in the water and electricity sectors as well as strengthen the role of the Sierra Leone Electricity and Water Regulatory Commission. To date, this partnership has provided significant support to the team, resulting in the launch of the Results-Based Financing Activity in June 2019. The collaboration with Instiglio has also provided lessons and guidance across the MCC portfolio as MCCU shares its learning from policy and regulatory-driven Results-Based Financing programs.
Partnership for Water Access in Cabo Verde
MCC established a partnership with The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation (TCCAF) in 2013 to expand access to clean water and sanitation in Africa, starting in water-poor Cabo Verde. Through the Replenish Africa Initiative (RAIN), TCCAF invested alongside MCC’s work to help 20,000 low-income households gain access to the water network and provide sanitation and hygiene education to thousands more. Our co-investment helped TCCAF reach its RAIN commitments and expand its program into a new country.
Partnerships for Sustainable Investment in Indonesia
The Green Prosperity project in MCC’s Indonesia Compact included a grant facility designed to increase productivity, reduce energy costs and improve natural resource management. The facility invited the private sector to propose innovative solutions that benefit rural communities through investments in renewable energy and sustainable management of Indonesia’s natural resources. The grant facility financed the best proposals while leveraging additional private sector capital to invest in projects that drive rural productivity. Partners included the Rainforest Alliance (with Olam Indonesia and GrowCocoa), Swisscontact (with World Cocoa Foundation and Barry Callebaut, BT Cocoa, Cargill, Guittard, Mars Inc, Mondelēz and Nestle), Euroconsult Mott MacDonald (with Athelia Climate Fund, IDH, ISCC, Prosympac Agro Lestari, and UK Climate Change Unit), and the World Wildlife Fund.
Partnership for Wastewater Treatment in Jordan
As part of MCC’s Jordan Compact, the agency supported the expansion of the As-Samra Wastewater Treatment Plant with a public-private partnership (PPP). The Government of Jordan delegated financing, construction and operation of the plant to the private sector for 25 years, leveraging its expertise, creativity, know-how, and efficiency. With its $93 million investment, MCC helped mobilize an additional $110 million in private financing. Together with MCC-funded upgrades to the country’s wastewater system, the plant expansion is expected to benefit 375,000 households.
Partnership for Cancer Prevention in Mongolia
In 2011, U.S. pharmaceutical company Merck donated 14,000 vaccines to help protect Mongolians against cervical cancer. While Merck covered the cost of the vaccines, all operational costs of program implementation were covered by MCA-Mongolia and the Mongolia Ministry of Health as part of MCC’s Mongolia Compact. The partnership expanded MCC’s investment in non-communicable disease prevention while enabling Merck to test the compact’s implementation model prior to scaling up. The partnership helped open the doors for further investment in health from the private sector in Mongolia.
Partnership for Energy Access in Liberia
As part of our compact with Liberia, MCC joined the Government of Liberia and several European financing partners to fund the rehabilitation of the Mt. Coffee Hydropower Plant. The rehabilitated plant will produce an additional 88 megawatts of clean, renewable, affordable power that will bring more reliable electricity to the people of Liberia − the overwhelming majority of whom do not have access to electricity.
Partnership for Broadband Connectivity in Namibia
To promote the sustainability of MCC’s education investment in Namibia, MCA-Namibia partnered with MyDigitalBridge Foundation and Microsoft to pilot a TV White Spaces (TVWS) project for broadband access. The partnership was established to develop unused TVWS to deliver fast, reliable, affordable broadband access to 23 rural schools and 10 local administrative offices across Namibia. At the time of the pilot, it was the largest TVWS project of its kind in the world.
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- Outreach Events: MCC convenes local roundtables with Chambers of Commerce, trade groups, associations, and interested private sector and civil society partners to discuss collaboration opportunities.
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