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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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    Michael AshfordMichael Ashford is a senior clean energy and infrastructure professional with more than 20 years of experience working with USAID, the World Bank, and the International Finance Corporation, as well as private and non-profit organizations. For USAID and the government of Nepal, Mr. Ashford led assessments and training for a public-private partnership project that financed run-of-river hydropower. He also completed return-on-investment analysis and training for energy efficiency and demand side management programs in Senegal. In the energy efficiency and biological sequestration sectors, Mr. Ashford co-led a feasibility study for the World Bank’s Proto-Type Carbon Fund and for carbon financing of greenhouse gas reduction activities. For private sector clients, he assessed project investment opportunities for biomass-fired cogeneration and coalmine methane recovery and use. Mr. Ashford also worked with the International Finance Corporation and Global Environment Facility to evaluate global small and medium-size enterprise investments in commercial entities that are reducing greenhouse gas emissions through their businesses. 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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