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Leadership, Results Gets Madagascar $110 Million

Madagascar"I am a man of action," Madagascar's President Mark Ravalomana told his audience at the Johns Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies today. Ravalomana was in Washington DC, for the signing of a $110 million poverty reduction compact between his country and the United States.

Balancing "Country Ownership" and MCA Priorities

Today Michael Phillips brought the MCA to the front page of the Wall Street Journal. His article was an in-depth look at the first MCA compact with Madagascar, and the national dynamics that ushered this particular compact into being. He opened the article from Antananarivo with this:

Steve Radelet joins MCC CEO Paul Applegarth on NPR

CGD senior fellow, Steve Radelet and MCC CEO Paul Applegarth were featured guests on WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi show on Monday, March 21. The show provided a public platform for discussion about the MCC approach, the pace of its progress to date, and how the MCA fits into broader U.S. policy towards the developing world.

President Bush’s Second Term and Development: Five Issues Worth Watching

What will George W. Bush’s second term mean for the U.S. role in development? Nancy Birdsall, president of the Center for Global Development, sees two related challenges facing U.S. development initiatives. First is updating and reforming U.S. aid institutions to better meet today’s foreign policy needs. Second is delivering on promises to increase U.S. assistance at a time of rising deficits.

Qualifying for the MCA: An Update

The Millennium Challenge Corporation has posted data for each candidate country for each of the 16 indicators that will be used to select qualifying countries during the first year. This step follows its announcement in early March of the methodology it proposes to use to select countries for the first year of the program. The MCC Board is expected to meet in early May to officially announce the countries that will qualify during the first year. This memo uses the MCC’s recently-released data to examine the countries most likely to qualify during the first year.

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