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A map showing MCC regional impacts in West Africa

Setting Expectations for MCC’s Regional Compacts: Country Eligibility Considerations

It’s also become increasingly clear that while regional compacts represent an important new tool in MCC’s toolbox, they’re likely to remain a limited part of the agency’s overall portfolio, in large part because of MCC’s country eligibility requirements. This blog outlines the limitations and poses some questions the agency will need to address when considering its next regional investments.

Mining construction workers on mountain top in Sierra Leone

5 Countries to Watch at MCC’s FY2021 Selection

On December 15, the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s board of directors will hold its annual country selection meeting (the last of the Trump administration), identifying which countries will be made newly eligible for the agency’s funding. Every year CGD’s US Development Policy team highlights key issues the board will grapple with and predicts which countries the board will choose for compacts—large, five-year grant programs—and which it will select for threshold programs—smaller, more limited grant agreements.

UN Women social workers advocate against child marriage during a meeting in the UN Women multipurpose centre's Social Cohesion space in the Gado refugee camp in Central African Republic (CAR).

On Fragility, Tipping Points, and International Coordination

Drawing on work done jointly with CGD, New York University’s Center on International Cooperation (CIC) just released a paper by Marc Jacquand that makes the case for better IFI-UN coordination in fragile states to better identify macroeconomic and political vulnerabilities, anticipate the tipping points that can arise from their interaction, and structure preventive support accordingly. In this blog, we discuss some of the key issues that the CIC paper—and our joint work—raise and plot a course for future research and analysis.

Administrator Mark Green Visits clinic in Darfur, Sudan

Mark Green's Legacy and Priorities for the Next USAID Administrator

The Trump administration’s “America First” doctrine has often colored US development policy in an unfavorable way, seeming to inform decisions to withdraw from international dialogues on collective action challenges, restrict migration, and adopt a short-term, transactional view of foreign assistance. These actions have reflected poorly on the United States’ role as a global leader and have considerable implications for development outcomes.