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, and then leveraging the strengths of each partner to address our core interests. 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 and include shared risks, responsibilities, and rewards.
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
If you are interested in working with MCC to explore cutting-edge issues in economic growth and poverty reduction, deepen stakeholder awareness and engagement around our programs or model of delivering foreign assistance, or have a network you think MCC should join, please contact us.
Partnership Annual Program Statement (APS)
MCC invites organizations to propose ideas for working with us to address specific needs through MCC’s Annual Program Statement (APS). The goal of the APS is to foster collaboration and partnerships to reduce poverty through economic growth. Together we can advance our mutual organizational interests and achieve sustainable development impact.
Partnership opportunity areas:
- Growth Diagnostics and Economic Policy Reform
- Urban Growth Analysis and Urban Management
- Agribusiness in Niger
- Data Collaboratives for Local Impact (DCLI) in Africa
- High Frequency Monitoring Data
- Data Collection and Analysis in Sri Lanka
- Long-Term Impact Evaluation Capacity Building
- National Infrastructure Master Planning
Partnership opportunities may be added throughout the year and partnership opportunities will be closed as relevant partnerships are formed. For more information on partnership opportunities with us through this APS, visit Grants.gov and reference Opportunity Number: 95332418N0002.
To help transform Georgia’s education system and improve earning potential for Georgians, MCC signed a $140 million compact with the Government of Georgia in 2013. A unique partnership with San Diego State University (SDSU) is a key component of MCC’s Georgia Compact. SDSU now offers degrees in science, technology, and engineering fields to students in Georgia without leaving their home country.
MCC is looking for additional investors to support the program’s sustainability beyond the agency’s five-year investment, because while the tuition in Georgia is lower than what California residents pay to study, SDSU-Georgia fees of $7,500 per year are a significant barrier for Georgian students.
SDSU has created a public-private partnership fund to support scholarships. Partnerships can also support:
- Scholarships specifically for women, ethnic minorities, or socially vulnerable youth;
- Student loan capital or guarantees;
- Support for research, educational, or business exchanges between the U.S. and Georgia;
- Construction and equipment for new labs and learning facilities;
- Mentoring and career support services; and more.
Learn more about partnering with MCC on the Georgia Compact. Please contact:
- Sarah Crawford, MCC Director of Strategic Partnerships
- Jenner Edelman, MCC Resident Country Director, Georgia
To help transform its power sector, MCC has partnered with the Government of Malawi on a $350.7 million compact that includes a key focus on watershed management for sustainable management of the hydroelectric power sources. We are looking for partners to support a payment for ecosystem services program that will promote better land-use practices among farmers to limit soil erosion into the Shire River and restore the environment.
MCC’s Morocco Employability and Land Compact includes initiatives to improve education and land governance.
- If you are interested in partnering to support technical and vocational skills development and education in Morocco, please visit the MCA-Morocco website (in French) to learn about a new grant program known as Fonds Charaka (Partnership Funds).
- If you are interested in supporting initiatives to improve existing industrial zones or develop new sustainable and high performing zones in Morocco, please visit the MCA-Morocco website (in French) to learn about a new grant program known as FONZID, or Le Fonds des Zones Industrielles Durables (Sustainable Industrial Zone Fund).
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 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 Water Access in Cabo Verde
Partnerships for Sustainable Investment in Indonesia
Partnership for Wastewater Treatment in Jordan
Partnership for Cancer Prevention in Mongolia
Partnership for Energy Access in Liberia
Partnership for Broadband Connectivity in Namibia
Stay Informed and Engaged
Sign up to receive emails about MCC’s public events to learn more about MCC and how to stay engaged, be a part of the conversation, and hear about upcoming partnership opportunities, including:
- 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.
- Stakeholder Consultations: MCC conducts consultations across the United States and internationally as a key part of program development and implementation. At its headquarters in Washington, D.C., MCC hosts an event series that gives NGOs and other development organizations an opportunity to engage with MCC during our compact development process to leverage shared information and extend our impact.
- Smart Aid Series: Smart Aid is an event series designed to promote the sharing of best practices, innovative approaches, and lessons across a range of development topics to foster greater collaboration and advance effective aid distribution.
- Overseas Events: MCC partner countries occasionally host public events. Contact us by email if you are interested in events taking place in an MCC partner country.
Invite Us: MCC may also be able to come to your event and share information on our approach to partnering and current partnership opportunities. Contact us to let us know about your event.