3 Key Reads This Month

July, 2017

1. Our New Work With Us Page

Working with others helps to increase the scale, impact and sustainability of MCC’s poverty-reducing programs. Last week, we launched a redesigned Work With Us section of our website featuring updated information for individuals, businesses and organizations interested in working with MCC. Easily navigate to procurement opportunities with MCC and our partner countries, our business forecast, partnership opportunities, and internships and jobs.

2. House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Works to Strengthen U.S.-Africa Trade

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA), Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY), and Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Karen Bass (D-CA) introduced the AGOA and MCA Modernization Act (H.R. 3445) this month in the House of Representatives. The bill gives MCC increased flexibility to promote regional trade, collaboration, and economic integration by allowing up to two simultaneous compacts with an MCC-eligible country. Developing countries can grow faster, create more jobs, and attract more investment when they are part of dynamic regional markets. By approaching growth opportunities from a regional perspective, MCC will be able to make high-return investments in countries that will benefit from economies of scale.

3. Expanding Access to Water and Sanitation for Women and the Poor in Cabo Verde

Women, the poor and other vulnerable groups are particularly impacted by the shortcomings of the water and sanitation sector in developing countries like Cabo Verde. Yet, women and the poor are seldom represented in national policy conversations and decision-making. At the local level, utilities rarely design services that address the challenges that these groups face in accessing and paying for water and sanitation. But in Cabo Verde, an island nation off the coast of West Africa, this is changing. Read more on our blog.