Development Aid

US picks Zambia for massive MCC grant, suspends Ethiopia

By Julian Pecquet

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Posted on December 16, 2021 08:04

The Joe Biden administration is rewarding Zambia’s good governance and peaceful transition of power with hundreds of millions of dollars in potential development grant money while penalising Benin and Ethiopia for their democratic backsliding.

The Millennium Challenge Corporation, an independent agency that invests in low-income and lower-middle-income countries, has selected Zambia and Belize as eligible for its five-year grants in the fiscal year that started 1 October. The so-called MCC compacts are worth around $400m to $500m and must be negotiated with the US government to go into effect.

“I am excited to announce MCC’s new partnerships with Belize and Zambia,” Mahmoud Bah, the corporation’s acting chief executive officer, said in a press release on Wednesday following the previous day’s closed-door meeting of the Board, which is chaired by Secretary of State Antony Blinken. “These governments have demonstrated a clear commitment to democratic governance, investing in people, and pursuing economic freedom. We look forward to working together to develop programs that reduce poverty and enable sustainable and inclusive

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