Jake Lyell
Video Production | Still Photography

Visual Storyteller

Change in the Air (6:25)

The USA is investing in Senegal’s infrastructure in order to promote economic growth.

Produced, filmed and edited by Jake Lyell: Established by the US Congress, the Millennium Challenge Corporation is a foreign aid agency applying fresh, new philosophies to the implementation of development assistance with the aim of increasing economic growth. Countries must pass a number of indicators including control of corruption, civil liberties, and trade policy to be eligible for a compact. As one of Africa‚Äôs most stable democracies, Senegal had little trouble qualifying. Here I travel by road and gyrocopter to document MCC’s Senegal compact, which has rehabilitated highways and markets in the north and south of the country, and brought renewed farming capabilities to the Senegal River Valley through an irrigation infrastructure overhaul.