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:
Women’s Economic Empowerment
MCC seeks one or more partners to work with us to identify the barriers to women’s economic empowerment and develop tools, models, and approaches, as well as coordinate investments to increase women’s economic empowerment to achieve our mission of poverty reduction through economic growth. MCC will prioritize partnerships to increase the impact of our programs on women’s economic empowerment in the following areas:
- Women’s Workforce Participation
- Productive Use of Energy
- Women’s Financial Inclusion
Partnership Goal: To bring evidence-based strategies, operational tools, and methodologies and work with MCC to apply or adapt them to the MCC model and context.
Growth Diagnostics and Economic Policy Reform
MCC seeks one or more partners with both academic/analytical and practical expertise to take stock of existing growth diagnostic techniques, address common methodological questions, and advance new ideas on making the growth diagnostic methodology more robust.
Partnership Goal: To jointly produce a guide to doing growth diagnostics that builds on previous literature, updating it where necessary, and connecting the theoretical foundation of diagnostics to practical guidance on implementing to further MCCs mission on poverty reduction through economic growth.
Urban Growth Analysis and Urban Management
MCC seeks one or more partners who can share the latest thought leadership, research, and practice related to the roles of urban agglomeration, urban land policy, and urban design, practices and tools in creating economic growth.
Partnership Goal: To jointly develop tools and methodologies for addressing the urban agglomeration and growth dimensions of MCC’s growth diagnostics; for MCC root cause and problem analysis associated with urbanization or urban environments; and for MCC due diligence and design of projects in urban or urbanizing contexts, with particular emphasis on the policy and institutional enabling environment for urban management and urban growth.
Data Collaboratives For Local Impact (DCLI) in Tanzania and Cote d’Ivoire
In Tanzania, MCC seeks partners who are interested in utilizing the dLab as a service delivery mechanism for data science training; developing a strong data ecosystem in east Africa; building a pipeline of prospective tech-savvy employees; engaging employees in developing market capacity building; and/or gaining access to new markets through better analytics and data science. MCC is also interested in partnerships with donors or foundations that emphasize African development and/or digital technology, youth, and livelihoods.
Partnership Goal: To build a customer base for the dLab and help it achieve long-term sustainability.
In Cote D’Ivoire, MCC seeks one or more partners who are interested in improving health, education, or economic growth outcomes via data analytics and/or data science; donors and foundations interested in increasing country capacity in “data for development”, open data, data transparency, and data accountability; telecommunications firms interested in “big data” and innovation; and financial services firms interested in increased access to credit initiatives in Cote d’Ivoire.
Partnership Goal: To build capacity to support data analytics that can inform investments at national and sub-national levels in areas of health, education, and youth.
High Frequency Monitoring Data
MCC seeks one or more partners who can provide technical recommendations and jointly develop methodological guidance to improve MCC’s evidence gathering methods—especially in the area of higher frequency monitoring data such as remote imaging; crowd-sourced; and smart-sensors and meters.
Partnership Goal: To improve the utility of evidence and reduce costs in data collection methods to inform investment decisions, guide program implementation strategies, and assess and learn from its investment experiences.
Long-Term Impact Evaluation Capacity Building
MCC seeks one or more partners to co-design, develop, and implement new technical recommendations and methodological guidance related to evidence gathering methods.
Partnership Goal: To build capacity in MCC Partner Countries to conduct evaluations and to make use of the data and evidence produced by evaluations. This can help support MCC’s evaluations during the Compact or Threshold Program lifetime, and also promote evidence based policy making in the long-term.
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 program, 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 Kuli Kuli to Assess the Moringa Market in Niger
MCC recently entered into a new partnership with Kuli Kuli, a U.S. company creating products with a nutritious leafy green called moringa. The partnership includes an MCC grant to conduct a market assessment in order to help MCC understand the opportunities for companies obtaining moringa from Niger. Kuli Kuli is bringing their expertise and resources to conduct the assessment, which will evaluate current moringa growing and processing capabilities in Niger and propose to MCC future ways to operationalize moringa export to inform the oversight of MCC’s $437 million Niger Compact.
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 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
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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.
- 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.