Kenya, among the East African community, has ranked high in the Millennium Challenge Corporation Indicators for Fiscal Year 2023.
The MCC, created by the U.S. Congress in January 2004 with strong bipartisan support, partners with the world’s poorest countries that are committed to just and democratic governance, economic freedom and investing in their populations.
MCC provides time-limited grants promoting economic growth, reducing poverty, and strengthening institutions. These investments in core infrastructure and policy and institutional reforms are key interventions that are improving the lives of nearly 270 million people across 46 countries and five continents. MCC investments support stability and prosperity in partner countries all while furthering American interests. With cost-effective and transparent projects, a lean staff, and an evidence-based approach, MCC ensures American tax-payer dollars are well spent and go to countries that share their values.
The MCC scoreboards measure policy performance on the eligibility criteria established in MCC’s authorizing legislation. MCC’s country selection process uses independent third-party sources to ensure an objective comparison of all candidate countries.
Kenya, in Eastern Africa, showed stellar performance in the three main categories of policy performance namely:
Half Scorecard Passed, control of corruption and democratic rights. Kenya’s USAID-implemented Threshold Program focused on reducing public-sector corruption by overhauling the public procurement system, with a specific concentration on health care procurements throughout the supply chain.
Kenya was followed closely with Tanzania. However they failed in practicing democratic rights.
The program helped the Tanzanian government reduce public corruption through a multi-pronged approach that increased civil society engagement, strengthened the rule of law and supported institutional reforms.
Uganda performed poorly as it failed in the key categories of policy performance.
In Uganda, The program focused on decreasing public-sector corruption, particularly in procurement. The program strengthened governmental ability to follow-up on reported malpractice and the role of civil society in monitoring corruption.