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What's Next for the Millennium Challenge Account? Transcript and Photos Available

Since the launch of the MCA Monitor on May 3, several participants have contacted us to request the transcript. I'm happy to say that the transcript and photos are now available. Interestingly, we got the transcript faster than usual by sending the audio files to India where, we are told, the transcribing was done by women who work from home on their own schedule, accepting jobs as and when they wish.

CGD's Steve Radelet Testifies for HIRC Hearing

CGD senior fellow, Steve Radelet, testified before the House International Relations Committee hearing entitled "Millennium Challenge Account: Does the Program Match the Vision?" Steve's testimony focused on six key challenges that the MCC faces as it works to make its bold vision a reality.
1. Scaling Up to the Original MCA Vision
2. Balancing the Tensions between the Consultative Process, Quality and Speed
3. Firmly Establishing the Principle of Local Ownership
4. Ensuring High Quality Programs
5. Demanding Results while Encouraging Innovation

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.