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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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    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

    Michelet FontaineMichelet Fontaine is an experienced water and natural resources management specialist with more than 35 years of experience in watershed management, agricultural development, environmental protection, conservation, biodiversity protection, international development, and socioeconomic development programs and initiatives. Most recently chief of party of the Haiti Improved Cooking Technology Program, he has also served as the director of the Haiti Feed the Future – West project and the Southern Africa Regional Environmental Program, where he coordinated and led technical and administration teams for multisectoral, multidisciplinary, and multinational programs. He holds an M.S. in watershed management from North Carolina State University and a B.S. in agronomy from Université d'Etat d'Haiti Read more

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