Scholarship Program

  • F Funding Initiative/Portfolio

? Activity Status: Unknown

Key Information

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. For a country to be selected as eligible for an MCC assistance program, it must demonstrate a commitment to just and democratic governance, investments in its people and economic freedom as measured by different policy indicators. MCC’s selection criteria include a category called “Investing in People,” which measures investments in people by assessing the extent to which governments are committed to investing in primary education, girls’ primary education completion, and girls’ secondary education enrollment.

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


Europe & Central Asia, Latin America & Caribbean, Middle East & North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa

Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, El Salvador, Georgia, Morocco, Namibia

Government Affiliation

Government-affiliated program


Not applicable or unknown


Not applicable or unknown

Ministry Affiliation



Not applicable or unknown

COVID-19 Response


Geographic Scope

Global / regional

Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Primary completion
  • Secondary completion

Other skills

  • Rights/empowerment education


  • School quality


  • STEM

Cross-cutting areas

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

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Girls (both in school and out of school), Youth


Not applicable or unknown

School Enrolment Status

Not applicable or unknown

School Level

Not applicable or unknown

Other populations reached

  • Boys (both in school and out of school)

Participants include

Not applicable or unknown

Program Approaches Back to Top

Facilities construction/improvement

  • Construction/improvement of classrooms

Life skills education

  • Gender, rights and power

Tutoring/strengthening academic skills

  • STEM - in the classroom

Water and sanitation

  • Improved water access

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Improved academic skills (literacy and numeracy)
  • Improved critical thinking
  • Increased grade attainment

Cross-cutting goals

  • Changed social norms
  • Improved financial literacy and savings
  • More equitable gender attitudes and norms