MCC’s Partnership Vision
MCC seeks to partner with organizations that share our goal of achieving poverty reduction through economic growth. 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 also benefit the public by helping to open new markets, scale programs, drive innovation, and transform the lives of people around the world.
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.
Current Partnership Opportunities
Practically, partnerships may be developed through multiple pathways, depending upon 1) whether organizations partner directly with MCC or with MCC’s country counterparts called Millennium Challenge Accounts (MCAs), and 2) whether MCC or an MCA partially funds the partner’s activities.
For opportunities partially funded by MCC, see the Partnerships Annual Program Statement page. For opportunities partially funded by an MCA, see the Do Business with MCC Partner Countries page. For opportunities where partners seek to align their own program activities or investments with an MCC or an MCA-led program but do not seek additional MCC or MCA funding, please contact MCC using the link below for any of 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. This mismatch stunts economies and limits household consumption. Second, youth unemployment is not only an economic issue, it is a social one. 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 match skills to demand, MCC supports reform that directly involves businesses in the policy, development, and delivery of skills and training programs. MCC’s is currently contributing $300 million to secondary and technical vocational education and supporting transition into employment in Morocco and Côte d’Ivoire.
In Côte d’Ivoire, MCC and its government counterpart, Millennium Challenge Account-Côte d’Ivoire are collaborating with a network of actors ranging from industry associations, leading businesses, technical and vocational education specialists, government ministries and foundations to create a new model of technical and vocational education rooted in public and private collaboration. To be launched in 2021, the new model will enable students to obtain skills demanded and shaped by the private sector.
If you are interested in partnering to support education and employability in Côte d’Ivoire or other areas of 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 technology and data systems skills; 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. In Côte d’Ivoire, MCC is interested in collaborating with others to provide services, mentorship, and training related to data science and entrepreneurship for women-led small and medium enterprises.
If you are interested in partnering to support digital capacity building and infrastructure, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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, Burkina Faso, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 service micro, small and medium enterprises, enable resettlement, utility, and social service payment programs supported by the Compacts in Indonesia, Nepal, and Senegal.
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, Côte d’Ivoire, and Indonesia. If you are interested in partnering to support access to financial services, please contact email@example.com.
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 Lesotho, Malawi and Tunisia.
If you are interested in partnering to support the agricultural sector development, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 programs in Timor-Leste, Lesotho, and Tunisia.
If you are interested in partnering to support water supply and access, please contact email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.
- Aligned Values: We seek partners with shared objectives and track records of ethical practices.
- 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.
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.
- 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.