The Millennium Challenge Corporation is an independent U.S. Government agency working to reduce global poverty through economic growth. Created in 2004, MCC provides time-limited grants and assistance to poor countries that meet rigorous standards for good governance, from fighting corruption to respecting democratic rights.

MCC forms partnerships with some of the world’s poorest countries, but only those committed good governance, economic freedom, and investments in their citizens. MCC provides these well-performing countries with large-scale grants to fund country-led solutions for reducing poverty through sustainable economic growth.  

MCC grants complement other U.S. and international development programs. There are two primary types of MCC grants: compacts and threshold programs.

  • Compacts are large, five-year grants for countries that pass MCC’s eligibility criteria.

  • Threshold Programs are smaller grants awarded to countries that come close to passing these criteria and are firmly committed to improving their policy performance. 

Priorities as a partner of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, or the Global Data Partnership, was launched on the sidelines of the 70th United Nations General Assembly and is mobilizing a range of data producers and users—including governments, companies, civil society, data scientists, and international organizations—to harness the data revolution to achieve and measure the SDGs. Working together, the U.S. and other Global Data Partnership contributors are addressing barriers that prevent greater access and use of development data.

Data Collaborative for Local Impact (DCLI)

MCC’s partnership with the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is helping to strengthen the availability and use of data in sub-Saharan Africa to support programs and policies that address HIV/AIDS, global health, gender equality, and economic growth.

Data2X

As part of Data2X—a partnership with the United Nations Foundation to advance gender equality—MCC and other donors are improving the quality, availability, and use of gender data to make a practical difference in the lives of women and girls worldwide.

Governance Data Alliance

MCC is a founding partner of the Governance Data Alliance, a collaborative effort by governance data producers, consumers, and funders to improve the quality, availability, breadth, and use of governance data to promote good governance and fight corruption. The Governance Data Alliance encourages greater coordination among data producers to fill data gaps while simultaneously investigating who uses governance data. The goal is to produce and aggregate high-quality, accessible governance data that policymakers and other change agents can use to take action.