Meeting the Moment: A Live Stream Event

Today the world faces numerous global crises – the devastating impact of climate change, the threat of pandemics like COVID-19, an increase in conflict – and more. We know to address these unprecedented challenges, we’ll need unprecedented solutions. It is clear that innovation is more important now than ever, but how do we work together…

Digitalizing Economic Growth

Digital technology is transforming the way people and organizations connect and conduct business, and this transformation’s impacts on the economy are significant. Despite these advances, digital transformation is not reaching people equally around the world. In this technical brief, we present four considerations for advancing the digital economy based on our experiences applying them in three projects in Colombia,…

USAID-funded Jobs, Opportunities, and Business Success (JOBS) Activity in Tunisia Strengthens Resilience of Pandemic-Affected Enterprises

This September, Chemonics held its second annual company-wide contest to identify innovative approaches and solutions that drive locally led development. The contest encouraged all members of Chemonics’ global workforce to share how they center local communities and users in inclusive design. Submissions included examples of project teams engaging the public and private sectors, civil society,…

Making Central Bank Digital Currencies Work for Development

Money is going digital, full steam ahead. Within the past five years, interest around Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) has exploded. Nearly 100 CBDCs are currently in research or development stages, with CBDCs in Nigeria and the Bahamas already launched. Unlike volatile cryptocurrency assets (e.g., bitcoin and stablecoins), CBDCs offer promising development benefits through central…

Effectively Utilizing Repayable Grants to Help Facilitate Market Creation

There is increasing pressure on International Finance Institutions (IFI) and Development Finance Institutions (DFI) to drive market additionality and creation in lower-income countries and emerging market economies. These institutions regard market creation as key to closing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) financing gap. Market creation requires development finance actors to invest in small- and early-stage…

Final Report: HRH2030 in Indonesia

HRH2030 offered a strategic, comprehensive plan to improve health outcomes by enhancing the availability and use of quality HRH data to strengthen the health workforce.

In Conversation with Joy Kiiru: Connecting Research and Evidence to Policy 

“Research enables us to identify how best to address the challenges that impact society. The good thing is that governments are starting to acknowledge the potential for research to drive national development.” Joy is unequivocal, and her belief in her work is easy to see. “This is my passion: ensuring that evidence can impact policy…

Chemonics Empowers Young Innovators at Arctic Circle

August 29, 2022, Nuuk, Greenland — As average global temperatures continue to rise, Greenland’s melting ice sheet, the second largest in the world, could trigger a foot of global sea level rise, according to a new study. Communities in the Arctic region are already confronting their unique vulnerabilities and risks to the changing climate, with…

From Outer Space to Brazilian Farmland

Soil-testing technology developed on Mars is improving farming practices on Earth while helping to address climate change. In the flat, dry soy fields of Bahia in northeastern Brazil, an artificial intelligence startup called Agrorobótica is collecting soil samples, then using NASA-inspiredrobotics to analyze their composition. Agrorobótica is funded through an innovation grant managed by Chemonics International. The…

3 Questions with CIO Anne Kottmeier on Technology and Innovation in Development

Technology and innovation are crucial tools to achieve meaningful development. Whether it’s using drones to deliver supplies to remote areas of the world or implementing new finance systems in each of our offices, technology is far-reaching and increasingly impacts all of our lives. Anne Kottmeier, Chemonics’ new CIO, explains what development professionals can learn from…

Anne Kottmeier

Anne Kottmeier is Chemonics’ Chief Information Officer. She has more than 20 years of global experience in business transformation and information technology management for Fortune 500 companies and non-profits across multiple industries. Most recently, Anne served as the Chief Product Officer of AccelerEd, a Global Distance Learning Institution with more than 90,000 students in 150 locations…