MCC and our country counterparts appreciate the knowledge, networks, co-investment and innovation that partners bring to reduce poverty through economic growth. The following examples show a range of collaborations at agency and country levels.
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 Microsoft to Empower Women Entrepreneurs
In March 2021, MCC and Microsoft signed an MOU to collaborate on the Women’s Data Lab and Network (WDLN) in Côte d’Ivoire. WDLN will help women entrepreneurs and women-led Small and Medium Enterprises (W-SMEs) increase the profitability of their businesses through increased access to, and understanding of, data and digital skills and technologies. The WDLN – which is supported by USAID’s global fund on women’s economic empowerment – represents a first-of-its-kind partnership among MCC, Microsoft, and other partners to help W-SMEs build data skills and digital literacy, increase the profitability of their businesses, gain access to technology, and increase their job creation and global competitiveness. The first WDLN will be developed in Côte d’Ivoire, with the intention to replicate and scale the concept in other African countries.
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 a Labor Market Platform in Morocco
The Millennium Challenge Account of Morocco is partnering with the Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, OCP Solutions and Atlas Cloud Services, in collaboration with the Ministry of Labor, to enable dynamic visibility into supply and demand for skills in Morocco’s labor market. Using big-data and artificial intelligence, the partners are creating a labor market platform covering a range of industries and geographies and drawing from diverse sources. As it matures, the platform is expected to integrate all information on the labor market at the national, regional and local levels. Insights derived from the platform can aid employers, job seekers, educators and government in identifying real-time trends, gaps and opportunities in the supply and demand for particular skills.
Partnership for an Employment Lab in Morocco
Millennium Challenge Account-Morocco is partnering with Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Jameel Poverty Action Lab and Harvard Kennedy School’s Evidence for Policy Design, together with a constellation of national collaborators, to advance the use of evidence in policy making for employment in Morocco. As part of the Morocco Employability and Land Compact the partnership is expected to unlock insights to maximize the effectiveness of government policy to support the creation of jobs, including for youth, whose unemployment rate has been double that of the general population. The academic and government partners will collaborate to build expertise in the use of randomized evaluations and other evaluative methodologies to identify effective policies and jobs programs. The partners will also work to promote a culture of evidence-based decision-making in employment policy while sharing findings from active research with decision-makers.
Partnership for Results-Based Financing in Sierra Leone
The Millennium Challenge Coordinating Unit (MCCU) in Sierra Leone established a partnership with Instiglio in 2018 as part of MCC’s Sierra Leone Threshold Program 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.