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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. Chemonics knows this from its decades of experience and takes a multi-disciplinary approach to complex water, energy, and urban services issues. We believe in developing equitable and sustainable services through innovative planning tools, capacity building, policy and regulatory reform. Whether it’s implementing water resource management in Lebanon, or partnering with local governments in Maldives to build resilience against climate change, our approaches are scalable and integrative, and use innovative partnerships and technologies. Our deep technical knowledge and extensive experience implementing activities in cities around the world ensure that our activities have a lasting and durable impact.

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Chemonics works with stakeholders at global, national, regional, and local levels to strengthen and improve water, energy, and urban services, sector 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.
Reform, Institutional Strengthening, and Utility Management: We work with partners to develop policy, legal, regulatory, and commercial reforms that improve governance. Using an approach that leverages private sector participation and investment, we enhance the operational and commercial performance of public and private sector institutions, including utilities.
Service Delivery and Infrastructure: We strengthen utility and service providers to improve the delivery of energy, water, and urban services in urban, peri-urban, and rural communities. Working at the policy, organizational, and community levels, we support infrastructure development, finance and management, private sector participation, and the application of new technologies.
Low Carbon Growth: Our projects help countries reduce their carbon emissions and address climate change by using low emissions development strategies. We design and implement programs that effectively integrate renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives.
Rural Clean Energy: We design and implement off-grid renewable energy solutions for rural populations.
Sanitation and Public Health: Recognizing the link between water, sanitation, and good health outcomes, we incorporate health and hygiene behavior change communications, nutrition and child health integration, and community-based sanitation into our program designs.
Water Governance: We help governments ensure that services are accessible and affordable by making public planning and investment transparent as well as improving the effectiveness of related regulatory bodies. Our approach boosts the accountability of service providers and also emphasizes trans-boundary cooperation and resource-based conflict mitigation when needed.

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    Jeffrey WuorinenJeffrey Wuorinen is a specialist in the development and management of water infrastructure and services. He brings nearly 15 years of experience in water sector restructuring, regulation, and private sector participation in more than 80 countries. He has led technical assistance projects in the water and urban services sector funded by USAID, the World Bank, UNICEF, DfID, and the Asian Development Bank. He has served as project director, chief of party, team leader, and water specialist on the Water and Wastewater Sector Support and Water Policy and Regulatory Reform programs for USAID/Egypt, USAID Lebanon Water Infrastructure Support and Enhancement program, USAID’s Sustainable Water and Sanitation for Africa program, Amman Water Management/Corporatization project for USAID/Jordan, and Assessment of Public-Private Partnership Options for the Alexandria Water and Wastewater Company project for USAID/Egypt. He holds a B.A. in political science and international studies from Saint Louis University. Read more

    Steve JohnsonSteve Johnson is a natural resource management expert with nearly 40 years of experience managing and implementing environmental projects and initiatives in the greater Southern Africa region. As the chief of party for the USAID-funded Southern Africa Regional Environmental Program, he manages community-led water and sanitation interventions, including community led total sanitation (CLTS). He has extensive experience in community-based natural resource management, conservation, and trans-boundary work with diverse USAID, World Bank, and other donor-funded projects, including six years as the regional natural resources technical advisor to the Southern Africa Development Community. He earned his M.Ed. in environmental education from Rhodes University and a B.Ed. in adult education from the University of Zimbabwe. Read more

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