DCLI established two self-sustaining centers of data training and expertise — the dLab in Tanzania and Sejen CI in Côte d’Ivoire. The centers have trained more than 2,200 individuals, 80% of which are youth and 59% women. Mahadia Tunga, one of the co-founders of the dLab, is pictured leading a data literacy training for women. Hundreds of women are now part of a network of women who are passionate about science and data.

Minh H. Chau, Presidential Innovation Fellow, Millennium Challenge Corporation

When it comes to innovation, Africa has an abundance of entrepreneurial talent. Nowhere is early-stage, technology-driven innovation more exciting than it is in Africa right now. Comprised of 54 sovereign nations, it is the world’s youngest continent in terms of population, with a median age of only 19 and youth representing 60 percent of the total population.

The global venture capital community has noticed this potential and has started to direct exploratory capital towards the continent’s major entrepreneurial ecosystems, with funding increasing from $400 million in 2015 to $1.43 billion in…


Graduates of the Women in Energy scholarship program — part of MCC’s threshold program in Kosovo — pose for a group photo during their May 1 graduation ceremony at Des Moines Area Community College in Des Moines, Iowa.

Blerona Rexhaj was 23 years old when she left her home in Istog, Kosovo for the first time and moved to Des Moines, Iowa — a city five times the population size of her home. She was selected from hundreds of applicants from Kosovo to embark on a two-year, fully-funded associate degree program at Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) to study technology, science, math, and electrical engineering. …


By Jonathan Nash, MCC Acting CEO

A worker at Vedeko electricity substation in Benin. MCC’s $375 million investment in Benin seeks to expand access to reliable electricity and crowd-in commercial finance.

At a time when national budgets and donor resources are stretched, finding new sources of capital for investment in public infrastructure and services is critical to helping some of the world’s poorest people rise out of poverty. Governments around the world are looking to private-sector investment, efficiency and expertise to transform critical sectors such as transportation, power and water to better deliver vital services to their people. At the same time, the private sector and institutional investors are looking to enter high-potential markets.

Blended finance — the merging of public and private funds to…


Development investments are more effective and sustainable when they reflect a country’s own priorities and strengthen government’s accountability to its citizens. This is the starting point for MCC’s approach to country ownership. Through investments in areas like agriculture, energy and education — with partner governments taking the lead in setting priorities — MCC helps countries better deliver vital services to their citizens and open up new opportunities for businesses.

This week, to mark Feed the Future Week, we’re taking a closer look at programs in MCC partner countries that support food security, country-led development and economic growth. …


Over the last 25 years, Morocco has made significant gains in expanding access to education, including doubling primary school completion rates. But as Morocco diversifies its economy from agriculture and tourism to increasingly complex, highly competitive global industries such as auto manufacturing, electronics and aeronautics, there is a new challenge for the country’s education system: schools are struggling to provide youth with the skills employers need to compete. …


July, 2017

1. Our New Work With Us Page

Working with others helps to increase the scale, impact and sustainability of MCC’s poverty-reducing programs. Last week, we launched a redesigned Work With Us section of our website featuring updated information for individuals, businesses and organizations interested in working with MCC. Easily navigate to procurement opportunities with MCC and our partner countries, our business forecast, partnership opportunities, and internships and jobs.

2. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Works to Strengthen U.S.-Africa Trade

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA), Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY), and Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Karen Bass (D-CA) introduced the AGOA and MCA Modernization Act (H.R. 3445) this month in the House of Representatives. The…


This holiday season, we’re taking a look back at 9 ways MCC has created a better world at home and abroad this past year. Through MCC’s data-driven investments, we are:

1. Creating jobs and expanding markets

By supporting policy and institutional reforms and funding large-scale infrastructure projects in partner countries, MCC opens new markets for U.S. companies so they can create jobs here at home. Today, we live in a global economy where 95 percent of the world’s consumers are abroad. Already, half of U.S. exports go to developing countries, and six of the 13 fastest growing economies in the world are located in Africa.

Every…


by Dana J. Hyde, MCC CEO

Madame Codjo owns a fish distribution company in West Africa in Benin’s economic capital of Cotonou. She is a savvy and ambitious entrepreneur, but when I met with her recently, she told me she struggles to keep her business afloat because of challenges outside of her control. Repeated electricity blackouts have forced her to rely on an expensive generator that drives up her costs, and even when electricity is available, wild voltage swings damage the equipment she relies on for her business.

As head of the U.S. government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation, I lead an…


By Sarah Crawford, MCC Director of Strategic Partnerships

This week, alongside the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly, business and government leaders from the United States and Africa have come together to pursue trade and investment opportunities at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum. As the director of a new office focused on strategic partnerships at the U.S. Government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), I’m excited to announce a new collaboration designed to further these efforts.

MCC and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) are joining forces to deepen the impact of our analytic tools to inform investment decisions that…


by Chris Broughton, Benin Resident Country Director, Millennium Challenge Corporation

Electricity has become such a necessity to modern life — it powers our phones, our computers, our lights — that it can be easy to forget that the promise of electric power is still a distant hope for too many. More than one in seven people globally do not have electricity, and nearly 3 billion people still rely on wood or charcoal for cooking and heating.

The human impact of this energy poverty is stark. More people die each year from indoor air pollution released from the burning of wood…

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