Partnership Annual Program Statement (APS)

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In Indonesia, MCC invested in renewable energy and natural resource management to protect the country’s natural capital. MCC’s APS has led to partnerships that enhance MCC’s capabilities in environmental and natural resource economics.

Partnership through the APS

MCC’s Partnership Annual Program Statement (APS) is the agency’s primary mechanism by which we co-create, co-fund, and co-implement partnerships that support MCC’s ability to design programs, utilize new approaches for due diligence, and monitor and evaluate programs.

MCC invites organizations to submit concept notes that bring new ideas, technologies, or practices to partner with us in addressing specific challenges or opportunities as outlined in the APS.

Interested parties are encouraged to form groups where teaming would help to provide a more comprehensive set of capabilities relative to the partnership opportunity.

The APS is used to provide open, fair and transparent competition of funded partnership opportunities to which MCC will be party and to which MCC and partners will contribute financial resources. Opportunities partially funded by MCAs can be found in the Do Business with MCAs page. Opportunities where partners provide their own financial resources to engage in shared efforts with MCC or MCAs, without receiving funding from MCC or MCA, can be found on our Partner With Us page.

Current APS Opportunities

The current APS announcement period is March 26, 2019 to March 31, 2023. Partnership opportunities may be added over the course of the APS announcement period.

We are currently seeking concept papers for APS partnership opportunities.

To learn more about the APS, please see the Partnerships with MCC Program APS on grants.gov, the definitive source for information and guidance related to opportunities and how to apply. Please send any questions or general correspondence about the APS to MCC at apspartnership@mcc.gov.

Partnership Opportunity 8: Community Engagement to Achieve Social License Agreements with Tourism Investors in the Solomon Islands

Summary: The Government of the United States of America, via the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), and the Solomon Islands Government (SIG) expect to sign a Threshold Program Grant Agreement in 2021 totaling US $23 million to support a 4-year policy and institutional reform program that leads to a reduction in poverty through economic growth. The 4-year timeline for the Threshold program is expected to begin in 2021. Using this Partnership Opportunity Statement, MCC seeks a partner (henceforth referred to as the “Community Engagement Partner”) with which to collaborate and jointly define and implement an approach to achieve the Community Engagement objectives related to social license agreements between investors and communities around the use of land under the Accessing Land for Tourism Investment Facilitation (ALTIF) Project, Land Identification Activity. Achieving and maintaining agreements between an investor and community around social license is critical to the viability of any tourism investment in Solomon Islands; without agreement on social license that is long lasting and built on trust, no tourism investment will be viable. MCC seeks to partner with an organization that can work with communities in the Solomon Islands, the Solomon Islands Government, and other implementing partners to establish social license agreements around tourism investments.

Concept Paper Due Date: May 21, 2021
Estimated Federal Budget: To be discussed during Stage II, Co-Creation

Partnership Opportunity 9: Increasing Access to Rural Infrastructure

Summary: Isolation caused by lack of transportation infrastructure affects almost every facet of life for the rural poor. The scope of this proposed partnership is to identify and develop complimentary opportunities to increase access by rural poor to essential infrastructure and services. Potential partnership achievements include co-creation of novel tools that synthesize geospatial information systems with cost-benefit analyses and standardization of rural access infrastructure interventions such as rural schools. The primary goal of this partnership is to increase access to infrastructure by rural communities through last-mile pedestrian paths and bridges. MCC seeks partners with which to collaborate and jointly explore needs and potential solutions such as increased pedestrian access by future students (i.e., compact beneficiaries) of the New Secondary Schools for Equitable Access Sub-Activity of the compact with Côte d’Ivoire. The scope of this compact sub-activity includes the design, construction and equipping of between 74 and 84 new secondary schools, many of which are expected to be located in rural areas within the San Pedro and Gbeke regions of Côte d’Ivoire.

Concept Paper Due Date: May 7, 2021
Estimated Federal Budget: $335,000 USD

Partnership Opportunity 10: Women’s Data Lab and Network (WDLN) Project in Côte d’Ivoire Increasing

Summary: MCC is seeking to partner with an international, West African regional or local Ivorian, or multiple organizations which come together to form a consortium, to finalize the design and implement the “Women’s Data Lab and Network” (WDLN) Project in support of local entrepreneurs in Côte d’Ivoire. MCC is specifically interested in organizations that work with small- and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) – particularly women-owned or women-led SMEs (W-SMEs) and female innovators and entrepreneurs – and are interested in taking ownership of the WDLN program, refining its focus, driving results and assuring its sustainability. The WDLN program aims to empower women entrepreneurs and W-SMEs with digital and data skills to effectively participate in the digital economy and grow their businesses. In addition, WDLN will provide tailored resources, access to business information and mentors, and encourage the creation of W-SME networks.

The WDLN intends to achieve this vision with and through one or more locally-rooted organizations, developing a program that is self-sustaining – agile and continuing beyond the approximate 3 years of funding. Through WDLN, MCC is seeking to achieve the following outcomes:

  1. W-SMEs gain digital and data literacy skills and tools and use them to manage and grow their businesses.
  2. W-SMEs grow and advance to the next stages of business maturity.
  3. New W-SMEs emerge from a pipeline of female entrepreneurs.
  4. A subset of W-SMEs benefit from Microsoft 4Afrika engagement and/or other regional programs.
  5. The WDLN continues to support W-SMEs after the program ends.

Note: For this WDLN opportunity, MCC will host a virtual conference prior to the Phase I Concept Papers are due. This conference will occur on April 20, 2021 (Tuesday), 11:00am to 12:00pm ET. All applicants are encouraged to attend. Interested applicants shall email Mohammad K. Ayub, Agreement Specialist (contractor representing MCC), (ayubmk@mcc.gov) and Andrew E. Lee, Agreement Officer, (leeae@mcc.gov) by April 16, 2021, 11:59pm ET with the following information:

  1. Entity name;
  2. Attendee(s) name(s) and title(s);
  3. Attendee(s) email address(es); and
  4. Any questions you would like MCC to address during the conference.

MCC will send a meeting invite on April 19, 2021 (Monday) to those interested applicants.

Concept Paper Due Date: May 7, 2021
Estimated Federal Budget: $2,500,000 USD

How the APS Works

The APS partnership process can be broken down into six high-level steps:

  1. Organization submit concept note in response to MCC partnership opportunity statement posted on grants.gov
  2. MCC reviews concept note against criteria
  3. Organization and MCC engage in collaborative co-creation session(s)*
  4. Organization completes full application*
  5. MCC reviews full application against criteria
  6. Organization and MCC enter into partnership*

*Steps listed above with an asterisk are by MCC invite only for successful applicants.

Previous APS Opportunities

MCC’s partnering interests for the following partnerships opportunities have been met and MCC is no longer accepting concept papers for these opportunities. This information is provided for reference.

Partnership Opportunity 1: Empowering African Women through Data Skills

Summary: MCC seeks co-funders and consortia partners to blend resources and work jointly on enabling the use of data by and for women’s economic empowerment in partner countries, and initially in Cote d’Ivoire and Lesotho. The “use of data” in this context pertains to a broad spectrum of activities from simple numeracy and data literacy to data preparation, visualization, and complex data analytics and data science, irrespective of sectors since the tools and methods to process and analyze data at each level are transferable – and aims to increase the fraction of women with skills in the growing global digital economy.

Due Date: May 15, 2019 (Now Closed)

Partnership Opportunity 2: Environmental Economics Partnership

Summary: MCC seeks partners to enhance analytical capabilities in various subfields of environmental and natural resource economics, including water resources, natural resource accounting, and climate change. The wide array of research findings, experiential knowledge, and analytical and empirical tools in these subject matter areas has expanded dramatically in recent years. Such resources include geospatial data, analytical frameworks and models, computing and communications technologies, and algorithms. MCC wishes to partner to more effectively access cross-disciplinary advances in modeling climate impacts and ecosystems services benefits. MCC seeks, moreover, to more systematically integrate these considerations in the agency’s project assessment methods and economic analyses while contributing to the broader advancement of environmental economics in international development.

Due Date: May 17, 2019 (Now Closed)

Partnership Opportunity 3: Women’s Entrepreneurship Partnerships

Summary: Summary: MCC seeks partners interested in working with us to help MCC successfully and sustainably address the barriers to women’s (and ideally youth) entrepreneurship and sustainable business growth in compact countries, starting with Lesotho, Tunisia and Timor-Leste. MCC would like to work in partnership to adapt and test models and tools in Lesotho, Timor-Leste and potentially Tunisia, contributing to MCC’s due diligence in the development of interventions. MCC is interested in testing options for interventions that could, through subsequent activity, be scaled up and evaluated at a later stage of the compact. Ideally, impact evaluation planning would also be part of this due diligence work so that the work can contribute to a broader learning agenda. This might include economic analysis to estimate ex-ante and ex-poste the benefits to individuals and households from interventions.

Due Date: May 15, 2019 (Now Closed)

Partnership Opportunity 4: Collaborative for Data Science in Africa

Summary: MCC seeks partners that would be interested in enabling greater collaboration among emerging data science training efforts and centers in Africa, such as the Tanzania Data Lab, the Sejen Virtual Lab in Cote d’Ivoire, a similar such center being considered in Lesotho, and the Kenyan “Africa Data hub” amongst others. Specifically, the partnership would seek to leverage third-party funds; tools, equipment and software; and/or expertise to support collaboration amongst these centers of data skill-building. Objectives of the collaboration would be to encourage standardization of the technology (systems, telepresence capabilities) and interoperability, enable uniform approaches to curriculum to help optimize cost and efficiency of training; and/or scale these efforts by supporting or seeding additional locations of data skill-building in strategic locations, and ensure social inclusion. As data supply, technology, mobile assets continue to increase, this partnership would provide a much needed coordination and scaling of efforts to build a data culture and data science skills in Africa.

Due Date: May 15, 2019 (Now Closed)

Partnership Opportunity 5: Geospatial and Earth-Observation Analyses for Africa

Summary: Rapidly improving the capabilities to process and analyze geospatial and earth-observation data by key country counterparts (i.e. local skill base), coupled with opening of significant data sets, have set the stage for important advancements in the use of this data for making better development decisions and driving economic outcomes. MCC has the opportunity to participate in these advancements and to use them to enhance its work by being open to partnering with those already working in this space, and to providing some co-funding for these opportunities. MCC is interested in collaborating with partners to enable the of use earth-observation and geospatial data sets by country-based stakeholders, as a way to innovate the methods used by the agency and its partner countries.

Due Date: May 15, 2019 (Now Closed)

Partnership Opportunity 6: Strengthening Evidence and Economic Modeling Partnership

Summary: MCC faces a demanding, yet opportune challenge: In order to effectively implement its core methodology – evidence-driven decision making – it must continually absorb and apply a burgeoning body of external evaluation and scientific evidence to inform and improve its investment decisions. MCC seeks to partner with one or more leading institutions to gain provide real-time engagement on available evidence and expertise related to evaluation and applied development economics to raise the quality and quantity of evidence used to inform MCC’s evaluation and investment practices.

Due Date: May 17, 2019 (Now Closed)

Partnership Opportunity 7: Fiscal Analysis Partnership

Summary: Fiscal policy is the most powerful tool democratic governments have to reduce poverty through growth. The analytic tools that MCC deploys to advance its mission focus on relaxing the binding constraints on economic growth, promoting efficiency through rigorous cost-benefit analysis, and achieving a required minimum rate of return. MCC seeks to partner with institutions that have specialized capacity and expertise with developing and deploying tools for fiscal analysis in low and lower-middle income countries. Through partnership, MCC aims to analyze the effects of public expenditure and revenue mobilization across income levels so that consideration of inclusiveness and poverty reduction potential can be better integrated into early project development; investigate opportunities to further disaggregate analysis of effects by region, gender, and other population characteristics to better inform decision making in project design and policy choice; incorporate these analyses during the project development process to ensure economic growth driven by investments is pro-poor, inclusive, and promotes gender equity; and expand learning opportunities across the development community regarding incidence analysis and the impact of policy design on development outcomes.

Due Date: May 18, 2020 (Now Closed)

Photo of three men in Cabo Verde working to survey and geomap a property on the island of Maio as part of the MCC-Cabo Verde Compact for the purposes of clarifying land parcel rights and boundaries.

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In Cabo Verde, MCC invested in new technology for clarifying land parcel rights and boundaries. MCC’s APS has sought concept papers for partnerships to improve geospatial and earth-observation data in our partner countries.