MCC to Restart Niger Threshold Program

The board of directors of the Millennium Challenge Corp. has agreed to reinstate the agency’s threshold program in Niger, which was suspended in 2009 following some actions by Niger’s government that were deemed inconsistent with MCC’s eligibility criteria.

The decision was reached during the board’s quarterly meeting on Wednesday (June 22).

“MCC’s decision to reinstate Niger’s threshold partner status is not only an affirmation of Niger’s return to democratic and constitutional rule, but it demonstrates the importance MCC places on working with countries whose leaders promote democratic principles to advance the well-being, development, and security of their people,” MCC CEO Daniel Yohannes noted in statement.

At its meeting, the MCC board also discussed the approach of the agency to promote and support policy reforms in its partner countries as well as the results of completed MCC compacts and the agency’s progress in mainstreaming gender in its programs.

Read more development aid news online, and subscribe to The Development Newswire to receive top international development headlines from the world’s leading donors, news sources and opinion leaders – emailed to you FREE every business day.

About the author

  • Ivy Mungcal

    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.