Millennium Challenge Corporation

  • F Funder
  • N Network


Poverty reduction and economic growth are possible when countries invest in educating their people. Research shows a positive relationship between educational attainment and individual income, and that a highly skilled workforce can spur economic growth. Investment in human capital leads to improved worker quality, which directly reduces poverty and contributes to a reduction in income gaps. Education also yields strong economic and social benefits for girls and women. There is a strong correlation between girls’ education and accelerated economic growth, slower population growth, higher wages, increased agricultural yields and labor productivity, and improved health and well-being at the household level. MCC applies country ownership—one of its core principles—in its work with partner countries. Countries that identify education as one of their constraints to growth design projects that are consistent with country goals and strategies and work on policy and institutional reforms that will enable inclusive, quality education.

Primary Functions

  • Capacity building/Technical assistance
  • Funding
  • Networking/Convening

Secondary Functions

  • N/A

Geographic Scope

  • Global / regional

Areas of work Back to Top

Education topics addressed


  • Post-secondary
  • Primary completion
  • Primary enrollment
  • Primary to secondary transition
  • Secondary completion

Other skills

  • Vocational training


  • School facilities
  • Teacher training


  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • STEM

Cross-cutting topics addressed

  • Economic/livelihoods (including savings/financial inclusion, etc.)
  • Food/water security
  • Gender equality
  • WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene)

Funders and partners Back to Top

Current girls' education partners

Locations and contact information Back to Top


Millennium Challenge Corporation

Headquarters location(s)

  • Washington, D.C., , United States of America

Office location(s)

  • United States of America

Locations of current girls’ education work

Map showing countries (listed below) where the organization is involved with girls' education programs

  • Burkina Faso
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • El Salvador
  • Georgia
  • Mongolia
  • Morocco
  • Namibia

Projects Back to Top