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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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    Kule ChitepoKule Chitepo, currently the chief of party on a resilience project in Southern Africa, is an expert in biodiversity and transboundary conservation with 13 years of experience in Southern Africa. He has built successful partnerships among international organizations, local government departments, the private sector, NGOs, and community groups to design and implement cooperative strategic approaches to environmental conservation. Before joining Chemonics, Mr. Chitepo served as chair of IUCN’s Southern Africa Sustainable Use Specialist Group, where he developed its discourse on the sustainable use of natural resources. While serving as the executive director of Resource Africa, Mr. Chitepo led programming to address issues surrounding climate change adaptation, transboundary conservation, and biodiversity conservation. He also partnered with South Africa National Parks to develop the Social Ecology Unit, which engaged communities in park management and established several forums on community engagement in Limpopo. Read more

    Brian AppBrian App is an international natural resource management specialist with 15 years of experience working in the environmental sector. Mr. App currently serves as the home office project director for the South Africa Low Emissions Development and the Mozambique Costal Cities Adaptation programs, which work with municipalities in the two countries to plan and implement green growth and climate adaptation activities. Previously, he served as the deputy chief of party for the Southern Africa Regional Environmental Program (2011-2015) to build resiliency and improve management in the Okavango river basin. Mr. App has worked in more than 15 countries with a focus on environment, biodiversity conservation, community-based natural resource management, and global climate change. He has also contributed to numerous biodiversity and tropical forest assessments and environmental compliance activities for USAID programs across multiple sectors. He holds a B.S. in management science from the School of Business at the State University of New York and an M.S. in international natural resource management from the School of Forestry at the University of Montana. Read more

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