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Peace, Stability, and Transition

Solutions that achieve development impact in fragile and crisis environments
Chemonics is one of the world’s leading development firms, committed to taking on the toughest development challenges in the most complex environments. Learning from our multisectoral global network, we promote tolerance and reduce vulnerability to conflict and disasters. Chemonics implements results-driven programs that successfully mitigate the effects of conflict, drive peacebuilding efforts, and support democratic transitions and political stability. Whether it is supporting a peaceful transition to democracy in the Ukraine, or lending a steady hand in Haiti’s recovery after a devastating earthquake, Chemonics has the capacity, the ingenuity, and the determination to help countries restore themselves.

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Working in conflict and post-conflict environments requires flexible approaches that are context-specific and can be readily adapted to the changing situation on the ground.

Countering Violent Extremism: We employ evidence-based approaches to countering violent extremism (CVE) programming that address the local drivers of ideologically motivated violence. We do this by amplifying moderate voices, opening peaceful avenues of dissent, empowering youth, and strengthening community cohesion.
Transition Assistance: Our projects support political and social transition initiatives by bolstering government connections with citizens and addressing conflict drivers, such as political and ethnic tensions, lack of government transparency and accountability, and land disputes. We employ a range of methods, such as media, government and civil society capacity building, artistic and creative outreach, and youth empowerment. We draw on local expertise to devise approaches and methods that will achieve the greatest impact and resonate with target groups.
Recovery and Reconstruction: Working in fragile environments requires a multifaceted approach to rebuild infrastructure and support the development of government and social institutions. We offer solutions to support the rebuilding of physical and political infrastructure and improve government capacity to provide essential services. Our programs also reintegrate refugees and internally displaced people, demobilize and reintegrate combatants, and pave the way for the strengthening of essential democratic institutions.
Security Sector Reform: We support USAID in transforming the way governments — especially those in fragile states — provide safety and security to their populations in a variety of ways. We often assist in developing strategic frameworks on security sector issues. We also conduct security and justice assessments and pilot innovative studies, such as on the intersection of CVE and traditional approaches to disarming, demobilizing, and reintegrating combatants.
Alternative Livelihoods: The growth of illicit crops helps propagate cycles of poverty and violence in some of the world’s poorest and most unstable places. We work with the public and private sectors to develop and increase the awareness of sustainable alternative income opportunities in the licit economy. In addition, we partner with host governments and civil society to create positive alternatives for young people who might otherwise be vulnerable to extremist recruitment.
Land and Resource Rights: Addressing the rights and tenure aspects of competing claims of access to land and resources can mitigate the root causes of conflict and lay a path to stability and peace. Current trends in population growth, climate change, environmental degradation, land use, and resettlement patterns demand approaches that diffuse competition and conflict over land. Learn more about our cross-cutting work in land and resource rights.


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    Michael GeertsonCurrently a director in the Europe and Eurasia region, Michael Geertson is a democracy and governance and conflict mitigation specialist with more than 10 years of experience in the management and technical direction of USAID programs. He has led design and implementation teams in more than a dozen countries around the world. Prior to his current role, Mr. Geertson was responsible for home-office oversight of a project to help the Haitian government and communities recover from the January 2010 earthquake. Mr. Geertson also has experience on governance efforts in Honduras, Mongolia, and Uganda, as well as law and civil society reforms in Albania, Armenia, and West Bank and Gaza. Mr. Geertson holds an M.P.A. from Virginia Tech's Center for Public Administration. Read more

    Michele PierceyMichele Piercey is an international development practitioner with 17 years of experience, including 10 years working on political transition and counter-violent extremism (CVE) programs in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Tunisia. After corporate change management posts with the Australian Department of Defense early in her career, she worked with the U.S. Army Engineers on small-scale community engagement projects across Iraq. She has since worked in various leadership positions, such as serving as COP on USAID/OTI projects in conflict and transition zones. She is currently the Director of Chemonics International's Peace, Stability, and Transition Practice, in which she leads Chemonics' industry outreach on conflict and CVE, supports new business efforts, and provides technical support to projects. Michele holds a B.A. in Political Science from Australian National University.​ Read more

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