MCC Representative Visits Lesotho

group of people talkingBeth Tritter, Vice President for the Department of Policy and Evaluation at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), visited Lesotho January 20-22, 2016. During her visit Ms. Tritter met with government representatives, including Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tlohang Sekhamane, as well as representatives of the opposition, the diplomatic community, civil society, and the private sector. This visit was a follow up to the December 2015 MCC Board of Directors decision to defer a vote on the reselection of Lesotho for compact eligibility until relevant governance concerns were addressed.

Following the deferred vote, to be reselected for compact eligibility, Lesotho will need to take concrete steps to demonstrate its commitment to good governance and rule of law. The Board may revisit its decision over the course of 2016 as more information on the political situation becomes available.

In 2013, Lesotho successfully completed a five-year, $363 million Compact focused on health, water, and private sector development. During the Compact’s implementation, Lesotho was a strong partner, committing $150 million of its own funds to ensure the completion and sustainability of the projects. Subsequently, the MCC Board has selected Lesotho each year as eligible to submit a proposal for a second Compact up until the December 2015 deferred vote.

The Millennium Challenge Corporation is an innovative and independent U.S. foreign aid agency that is helping lead the fight against global poverty. Created by the U.S. Congress in January 2004, MCC is changing the conversation on how best to deliver smart U.S. foreign assistance by focusing on good policies, country ownership, and results.

Beth Tritter is a global development policy professional with more than 15 years’ experience. In her role as the Vice President for the Department of Policy and Evaluation at the Millennium Challenge Corporation she is responsible for directing MCC’s policy development, economic analysis, and program evaluation. In this capacity, she leads MCC in managing the annual country eligibility process.

For further information, please contact the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy at 2231-2666 or email TsiameST@state.gov.