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MCC hosts Public Post-Board Town Hall Meeting

The Millennium Challenge Corporation will host a “Public Post-Board Town Hall Meeting” on Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 from 10:00AM to 11:30AM at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (875 Fifteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005).  The event will feature discussion of the “updates to MCC’s selection indicators, the proposed Indonesia Compact, Tunisia’s eligibility for a Threshold Program, and results from Armenia.” 

CRS releases report on efforts to evaluate U.S. foreign assistance

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “Does Foreign Aid Work? Efforts to Evaluate U.S. Foreign Assistance.” According to the introduction, the report focuses on efforts by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the State Department, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and “discusses past efforts to improve…

CRS releases report on donor coordination of development assistance

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “Foreign Aid: International Donor Coordination of Development Assistance.” According to the introduction, the “report provides a summary of official development assistance (ODA), discusses coordination goals established by donors at international development policy forums, and provides an overview of U.S. policy and…

Senators Kerry and Lugar outline challenges facing MCC

In a letter to the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) CEO Daniel Yohannes, Senators Kerry and Lugar expressed their support for MCC’s efforts to fight global poverty and outlined five critical challenges facing MCC:
1) Role & Purpose of MCC Assistance: Should MCC funding be given to middle income countries or should a “transition fund” be created to assist low income countries become compact eligible?

2) Foreign Assistance Reform: The MCC should remain an independent development agency, but should improve its coordination with U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), State and other agencies undertaking development activities.

3) Threshold Program: The MCC should perform a “significant overhaul and substantial rethinking” of the threshold program.

4) Additional Authorities & Flexibility: The Senators expressed they were “amenable” to allowing the MCC to run “concurrent”, longer term (greater than 5 year), and regional compacts.

5) Funding and Project Implementation Models: The “MCC should consider and incorporate new and innovative models for the compact program and how it delivers assistance” including “a greater emphasis on civil society and the private sector to generate project ideas and undertake implementation.”

Millennium Challenge Corporation signs $275.1 million compact with Jordan focused on water projects

During the signing ceremony of a $275.1 million compact aimed at improving water access in Jordan, Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) CEO Daniel Yohannes summarized the projects being funded and stated that addressing the issue of water in Jordan “is a priority for improving livelihoods, reducing poverty, and achieving sustainable economic growth.” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also provided remarks and described ways this compact will “help spur sustainable economic growth and improve public health.”

MCC CEO responds to letter from Senators Kerry and Lugar on the challenges facing the MCC

Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) CEO Daniel Yohannes responded to a letter from Senators Kerry (D-MA) and Lugar (R-IN) that outlined several challenges facing the MCC moving forward. Specifically, CEO Yohannes addressed the Senators’ comments on coordinating with other USG agencies, the MCC’s Threshold Program, concurrent and regional compacts, and greater innovation.

CRS Report – State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs: FY2010 Budget and Appropriations

From the report summary: “This report analyzes the FY2010 request, recent-year funding trends, and congressional action for FY2010, which includes the July 9 House approval of H.R. 3081, the State-Foreign Operations Appropriations bill for FY2010, July 9 Senate Appropriations Committee passage of its bill (S. 1434), and passage of H.R. 3288, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010, signed into law Dec. 16, 2009 (P.L. 111-117).”

White House releases FY 2011 Budget

The White House released the FY 2011 budget request, which included the following funding totals for the U.S. Global Health Initiative (GHI) and other global health and related activities:

Global Health Initiative (GHI) total: $9.572 billion, including

- $8.513 billion from State & Foreign Operations Global Health & Child Survival (GHCS) account, and

- $1.059 billion from HHS, DoD, and other State & Foreign Operations accounts.

- PEPFAR: Included in the GHI total is $6.990 billion for PEPFAR of which $1 billion is for the Global Fund ($700 million from the State Department and $300 million from HHS).

Additional funding details on the GHI and other global health related accounts:

State and Foreign Operations funding for global health:

- Global Health & Child Survival (GHCS): $8.513 billion
– USAID: $3.013 billion
– Maternal Health & Child Health/Nutrition: $900.0 million
– Maternal & Child Health: $700.0 million

- Nutrition: $200.0
– Vulnerable Children: $15.0 million

- HIV/AIDS: $350.0 million

- Family Planning/Reproductive Health: $590.0 million

- Other Infectious Diseases: $1,158.0 million, which includes
– Malaria: $680.0 million,

- Tuberculosis: $230.0 million ,

- Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs): $155.0 million,

- Pandemic Influenza and Other Emerging Threats: $75 million, and

- Other Public Health Threats: $18 million.
– Department of State: $5.500 billion
– HIV/AIDS: $5.500 billion (includes $700 million for the Global Fund)
– Millennium Challenge Corporation: $1.280 billion

Health and Human Services funding for global health:

- CDC ($351.9 total):
– Global AIDS Program: $118.1 million

- Global Immunization Program: $152.8 million

- Global Disease Detection: $37.8 million

- Global Malaria Program: $9.2 million

- Other Global Health: $35.1 million
– Global Fund: $300.0 million

- Fogarty International: $73.0 million

Millennium Challenge Corporation and UN World Food Program sign Memorandum of Understanding

The Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and the UN World Food Program (WFP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) aimed at improving global food security through, among other things, “improved access to water, . . . [and by] incorporating nutrition interventions into maternal and child health programs, health education, and HIV programs.”

Senate Appropriations Committee releases FY11 Omnibus Appropriations Act

The Senate Committee on Appropriations released the text of the FY 2011 Omnibus Act with the following funding levels:

Total Funding for State & Foreign Operations: $53.5 billion ($3.1 billion below the President’s FY11 request; $4.7 billion above the FY10 enacted level)

Global Health and Child Survival Account (GHCS): $8.22 billion ($291 million below the President’s request; $443 million above the FY10 enacted level) with funding for specific areas is as follows:
Maternal and Child Health: $761 million

- Family Planning and Reproductive Health: $710 million which includes funding from multiple accounts and provides $57.5 million to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

- HIV/AIDS activities and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: $5.85 billion:
HIV/AIDS: $5.025 billion

- Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria contribution: $825 million (Note: An additional $300 million is appropriated for the Global Fund through the Department of Health and Human Services bringing total FY11 contribution to $1.125 billion.)

Millennium Challenge Corporation: $1.10 billion ($174.7 million below the President’s FY11 request; equal to the FY10 enacted level)

Food Security and Agricultural Development: $1.4 billion ($244 million below the President’s FY11 request)