The $140 million compact between the Republic of Georgia and MCC aimed to improve science, technology, engineering, and math education, and included investments in general education, technical training, and advanced degree programs.
Georgia has been a strategic partner of the United States since the country’s independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. Georgia’s growth since independence has been characterized by sharp disparities, with poverty persisting notably in rural areas.
Improving General Education Project
The Improving General Education Quality Project included infrastructure enhancements to the physical learning environment in schools, training for educators and school managers, and support to national and international education assessments.
Industry-Led Skills and Workforce Development Project
The Industry-Led Skills and Workforce Development Project focused on the linkage between market-demanded skills and the supply of Georgians with relevant technical skills.
STEM Higher Education Project
The STEM Higher Education Project supported delivery of high-quality STEM degree programs in Georgia. The project sought to modernize STEM higher education through a partnership that introduced high-quality, U.S.-accredited bachelor’s degrees.
Over the course of the compact, no major modifications to the Georgia II Compact were introduced. The compact is expected to largely achieve the original program and project objectives, as measured by MCC-funded independent evaluations.
Coordination and Partnerships
The effects of the compact were amplified through successful partnerships between MCC and the Government of Georgia, and also the U.S. Embassy, Georgian private sector, and a number of domestic and international organizations.
Policy and Institutional Reforms
The compact built reforms to improve Georgia’s school operations and maintenance into its design, including conditions precedent tied to disbursements and an incentive fund.
Beyond the Compact
The Georgia II Compact led to many additional programs beyond the original scope of investments. Significantly, the compact raised the profile and importance of developing the workforce throughout the country.
Lessons from the Compact
This section offers overarching and project-level lessons from MCC’s experience developing, implementing, and closing the Georgia II Compact. Several compact lessons overlap and complement lessons derived from the independent evaluations of each project.