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The MCA Monitor’s annual corruption note is out, officially kicking off our coverage of the FY2011 MCC country selection season.  Take a look at the full note to see how all low income and lower middle income countries score on the MCC’s control of corruption indicator. Countries must pass the control of corruption indicator to be considered eligible for MCC assistance, making it the one so-called “hard hurdle” for MCC compact eligibility.

Highlights this year include:

  • Armenia and Mongolia, countries currently implementing compacts, fail the control of corruption indicator.  Armenia fails for the fourth year in a row.  This is the first year Mongolia has failed the corruption indicator.
  • Honduras, which was the first country to complete a compact and could be eyeing a second compact, fails the corruption indicator.
  • Cape Verde, Malawi, and Zambia are all currently developing a compact and easily pass the corruption indicator.
  • Indonesia drops significantly this year and fails the corruption indicator as a lower middle income country.  Indonesia is currently developing a compact.
  • The Philippines moves back into the low income category this year and passes the control of corruption indicator.

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