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Honduras Closer to MCA Vision

MCA watchers have been concerned about a seeming lack of civil society participation in proposal design in MCA-eligible countries. That participation is one of MCA's main objectives. Some observers claim that in some countries civil society contributes only at the periphery of the debate while the business community leads the process. Honduras may be different.

MCC Board Approves Honduras Proposal

A month after the MCC signed its first compact with Madagascar, the Board of Directors has approved a compact with Honduras. The five-year $215 million compact approved on May 20 aims to boost rural development and revamp a weak transportation infrastructure.

Governance Matters, or Does It?

World Bank governance experts Daniel Kaufmann and Aart Kraay presented findings from their latest research, "Governance Matters IV: Governance Indicators for 1996-2004" at a CGD event on May 18. The study, written with another economist, Massimo Mastruzzi, provides updated information on six key dimensions of governance for 209 countries in 2004. This fourth version of the research draws from the most comprehensive set of governance indicators yet developed.

MCC Board Meets on Honduras Compact

The Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation will meet Friday, May 20, from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm at the State Department. Most of the meeting will be devoted to a review of Honduras' MCA compact proposal. The first 15 to 20 minutes will be open to the public. Board Chair Condoleezza Rice and CEO Paul Applegarth will speak during the open session.
Check the notice of meeting for more details

MCC's First Year of Operations - GAO Report Highlights

For two days, April 26 and 27, the United States Congress held hearings on the Millennium Challenge Corporation, for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House International Relations Committee, respectively. The Congress wanted a full report on the MCC's first year of operations.
In his introductory remarks during the HIRC hearing, Chairman Henry Hyde (IL), expressed some growing concern about the MCC's progress:

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.