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Ghana and the U.S. Millennium Challenge Corp. are scheduled to sign the MCC's biggest compact yet in July, for half-a-billion dollars over five years. CGD senior associate Sarah Lucas interviewed dozens of people in Ghana and filed this MCA Monitor Field Report about such issues as country ownership, donor coordination, political pressures, and the links between poverty reduction and economic growth. Are Ghana and the MCC up to this challenge? Learn More
MCC CEO John Danilovich has taken the reins of the MCC in what may prove to be its most critical year to date, a year that firmly transitions the corporation from program start-up to program implementation. MCA watchers -- supporters and skeptics alike -- are anxious for proof that the MCA is truly innovative, nimble, transformative, and able to maintain its development focus. And there is mounting pressure for the MCC to show results on the ground, never mind that real growth and poverty reduction results won't appear for at least another year.
*This post is co-authored by Sheila Herrling and Sarah Rose.
Last week the MCC and Moldova signed a Threshold Program agreement for $24.7 million aimed at targeting corruption. Moldova began its own anti-corruption reforms at the end of 2004, and MCC money will go toward strengthening independent watchdogs like NGOs and the media as well as the government’s own internal anti-corruption agency in order to address persistent corruption in the judiciary, the health care system, the tax and customs agencies, and the police.