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CFR's Africa Task Force Gives Nod to MCA

When the CFR released its new task force report "More than Humanitarianism: A Strategic Approach Toward Africa," it noted:

“We will know that the response to this opportunity has failed if, in another ten years, U.S. policymakers link hands once again with other world leaders around Africa’s problems and the world witnesses another global concert to end Africa’s poverty. The United States cannot afford to let another decade go by without effective solutions, and Africa deserves far better."

MCC Willing to Say No (Or At Least, No More)

Less publicized than the November MCC Board country selections is the important adoption of a policy on suspension and termination of MCC assistance and/or eligibility. The Board approved and then immediately applied its new policy to suspend Yemen from threshold program eligibility (received in 2004). Adoption and actual use of this policysends a strong signal that the MCC will not tolerate substantial policy and performance slippages.

FY06 Threshold Countries - Some Disturbing Choices

The MCC Board’s selection last week of 23 counties eligible to apply for funding for FY 2006 held relatively few surprises, and was very close to what we had anticipated. Although it is unfortunate that the MCC decided to add the lower-middle income countries this year, the Board limited the number of selected countries to two – El Salvador and Namibia.

CEO’s First Public Outreach Meeting

Ambassador Danilovich, the MCC's new CEO, has officially hit the DC ground running. Yesterday, he hosted his first public outreach meeting, where he publicly affirmed his commitment to selecting fewer countries and giving them much larger compacts in the hopes of fulfilling his corporation's 'transformational' goal in compact countries.