How to mainstream gender in foreign aid: Lessons from MCC

Millennium Challenge Corp CEO Daniel Yohannes with Devex Editor Rolf Rosenkranz

When the Millennium Challenge Corp. looks at constraints to economic growth within a partner country, one of the most important considerations is whether women and men have access to the same tools for building their economies.

MCC's CEO Daniel Yohannes spoke with Devex in an exclusive interview about the agency's strides — and his own leadership — to integrate gender equality and social inclusion as core pathways to achieving economic growth for poverty reduction.

Yohannes shared cross-cutting lessons he's learned from leading MCC's support for gender equality legal reforms in Lesotho, for first-time women farmers in Honduras, and for a woman-owned dairy processing center in Georgia.

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She Builds is a month-long conversation hosted by Devex in partnership with Chemonics, Creative Associates, JBS International, the Millennium Challenge Corp., United Nations Office for Project Services and U.K. Department for International Development.

About the author

  • Michael Igoe

    Michael Igoe is a Senior Reporter with Devex, based in Washington, D.C. He covers U.S. foreign aid, global health, climate change, and development finance. Prior to joining Devex, Michael researched water management and climate change adaptation in post-Soviet Central Asia, where he also wrote for EurasiaNet. Michael earned his bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College, where he majored in Russian, and his master’s degree from the University of Montana, where he studied international conservation and development.

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