On Development is a monthly audio podcast focused on topics of interest for both MCC and our partner countries. Episodes will center on new initiatives or innovations in the development space that are helping to reduce poverty worldwide.
MCC at 20: Applying the Model to Emerging Challenges Globally
On June 13, MCC CEO Alice Albright participated in an event at the Woodrow Wilson Center titled “MCC at 20: Applying the Model to Emerging Challenges Globally.” At the event, Mark Kennedy, Director of the Wilson Center’s Wahba Institute for Strategic Competition, hosted CEO Albright and Wilson Center CEO Ambassador Mark Green in a discussion about what comes next for MCC and how the MCC model can be used to address today’s foreign affairs challenges. Excerpts from that event appear in the Wilson Center podcast, and with their permission MCC is sharing that podcast on our channel.
Democracy in the Digital Era
In the current development landscape, many countries are experiencing a decline in democratic values and practices, with governments limiting civil liberties and curtailing citizen participation in democratic processes. In this episode, we'll explore the challenges and opportunities of supporting democracy, good governance, and economic development in the digital era with Alicia Phillips Mandaville, MCC's Vice President of the Department of Policy and Evaluation and Steve Feldstein, Senior Fellow from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Empowering Women in Côte d’Ivoire Through Entrepreneurial Education and Digital Skills
In this episode, MCC Director of Gender and Social Inclusion, Krista Rigalo and DigiFemmes Program Director, Nadine Zoro discuss how DigiFemmes empowers women entrepreneurs, such as Linda Dempah, with 21st-century skills to future-proof their careers and help their businesses thrive.
Powering the U.S.-Benin Relationship
Benin, a country in West Africa with a population of more than 12 million, is working to grow its economy and deliver power to its people. MCC is partnering with Benin to reduce poverty and support economic growth through a $391 million compact focused on electric power. The compact is strengthening the national power utility, attracting private sector investment into solar power generation, and funding major investments in the national grid, as well as off-grid power systems. In this latest episode, MCC Resident Country Director for Benin, Chris Broughton, speaks with U.S. Ambassador to Benin, Brian Shukan, about the ways MCC is transforming the country’s power sector and what this means for the U.S.-Benin relationship.
All Eyes on the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit
In this episode, MCC Deputy CEO Mahmoud Bah and Dana Banks, Senior Advisor to the President and Special Advisor for the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, discuss the U.S. Africa Leaders Summit and how it will reinforce the U.S.-Africa commitment to democracy and foster new economic engagement on the continent.
MCC Selection Season Update
In this podcast episode, Associate Director of Selection and Eligibility Naureen Haque and Senior Development Policy Officer of Selection, Eligibility, and Policy Performance Terry Fletcher discuss MCC's new scorecard indicator and how it measures disability rights and lessons learned from countries working to improve their scorecard performance.