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Millennium Challenge Corporation: Progress Made on Key Challenges in First Year of Operations

Authors: David B. Gootnick and Jeanette M. Franzel

For fiscal years 2004 and 2005, the MCC board used the quantitative criteria as well as judgment in determining 17 countries to be eligible for MCA compacts. Although MCC chose the indicators based in part on their public availability, our analysis showed that not all of the source data for the indicators were readily accessible. In addition, we found that reliance on the indicators carried certain inherent limitations, such as measurement uncertainty...

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India Untouched: The Forgotten Face of Rural Poverty

Author: Abraham M. George

In India Untouched, Dr. Abraham George provides a compelling, first-hand account of one man's struggle against a well-entrenched system to make a difference. He offers fresh insight and incisive analysis into why previous attempts to improve the quality of life in rural India have failed, and what must be done in the future. His book is the story of suffering, cruelty, disease, and illiteracy, of corruption, waste, prejudice, and superstition. It is the story of fifty years of poor governance, and a stunning rebuke to the myth that globalization alone will distribute wealth to where it's most needed. More importantly, the book is about what can be done to improve the lives of millions of poor people...

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Primary Sources

Economic Opportunity Act of 1964

During 1964 and 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson announced a series of initiatives and legislation that aimed to end poverty and racial injustice in the United States, what Johnson called the "Great Society." The Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, part of the "war on poverty," supported local anti-poverty programs in education, community building, and job training and provided for the financial and health needs of citizens experiencing poverty and unemployment and for the elderly.

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Global Poverty: A Conversation with Jeffrey D. Sachs

As director of the Earth Institute and Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Jeffrey Sachs is renowned for his work toward solving some of the world’s most difficult economic questions.  Join him as he discusses the challenges and realities of the global fight against poverty and how he thinks progress can be made.

12:00-12:30 pm Lunch Reception
12:30-1:30 pm Meeting

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