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Water, Energy, and Sustainable Cities

Delivering sustainable services that alleviate poverty, power economic growth, and advance social development
Global development problems aren’t always simple and straightforward, so the solutions can’t be either. Drawing on decades of experience, Chemonics takes a multidisciplinary approach to complex service delivery and infrastructure challenges in the water, energy, and urban sectors. We believe in developing equitable and sustainable services through innovative planning tools, capacity building, and policy and regulatory reform. Whether it’s facilitating investments in renewable and clean energy systems in South Africa or partnering with coastal cities in Mozambique to adapt to climate change effects, we use innovative partnerships and technologies to develop scalable, integrated, and sustainable solutions.

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Chemonics works with stakeholders at the global, national, regional, and local levels to strengthen and improve water, energy, and urban services, policies, laws, and regulations. Our multisectoral approach allows us to build human and institutional capacity, apply clean technology solutions, improve utility management, and facilitate infrastructure finance.
Commercial and Financial Viability: We provide technical expertise in investment-risk mitigation and design innovative public-private partnerships. To improve utility operations and financial viability, we strengthen stakeholders’ capacity to develop and use municipal financial tools, cost of service analyses, life-cycle cost analyses, and cost-reflective tariffs and rate setting. Chemonics also helps stakeholders design and implement planning systems that secure access to financing. Securing this financing makes it easier to improve the adaptation and mitigation capacity of service delivery and infrastructure.
Institutional Capacity in Government and Society: Our work improves service capacity, investment, and delivery by providing technical assistance in designing policy, legal, and regulatory frameworks. We support engineers, program managers, and local experts to sustainably manage water and energy feedstock resources. We also build capacity for asset management, utility enterprise and business support services, and operations and management training. In the spirit of ensuring effective service delivery and implementation of national commitments, we develop governance models based on gender equity and social inclusion.
Innovation in Planning, Design, and Technology: We advocate for design-driven innovations that are not only user-centric, but also achieve low-carbon targets and provide cost-effective services. Working alongside local stakeholders, we design efficient systems for energy and water sectors. Our expertise guides the adoption of decentralized and distributed system operations. We also support integrating scalable new technologies and developing low-carbon public transportation.

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    Mario KerbyMario Kerby has more than 32 years of experience in watershed management, integrated water resources management, agriculture and rural development, and environmental protection and management. He served as the deputy chief of party of Feed the Future Haiti Watershed Initiative for National Natural Environmental Resources, in which he managed watershed management activities, including sustainable hillside agriculture, disaster risk management, agro-forestry, soil conservation, and preparation of watershed management plans. Mr. Kerby has previously led agriculture and water management programs in Morocco. Prior to his work on USAID programs, he was vice president of ICF International. He holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in economics from American University. Read more

    Linda ManyuchiLinda Manyuchi is the chief of party for the USAID South Africa Low Emissions Development (SA-LED) program. She has worked in the area of climate change mitigation and sustainable energy for 14 years. Trained as an environmental scientist, Ms. Manyuchi started her career as a researcher at South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research. She also served as a deputy director and director for the Department of Science and Technology, working in the areas of environment, climate change, and energy. She was later the director of climate change and air quality with the City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality. At the City of Johannesburg, she successfully managed a 15 million rand project funded by the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA). The project retrofitted 700 houses in Cosmo City with energy efficient technologies. During a three year contract with the South African Local Government Association, Ms. Manyuchi managed an energy efficiency program that was funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and targeted at municipalities. Prior to her role as SA-LED chief of party, she worked as an independent consultant for a year. Read more

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