Rapid Research and Behavior Change in Conflict-Affected Syrian Schools: An Oxymoron?

Tragically, corporal punishment, humiliation, and other negative discipline techniques are common practices in Syrian schools. Conflict traumatizes teachers and robs them of training opportunities, often giving rise to a culture of physical and mental punishment. The Chemonics-led Syria Education Programme, which has provided nearly half a million primary-school-age children with a safe and quality education,…

More than Pipes and Pumps: Good Governance Drives Improved WASH

We live in an increasingly urban world with infrastructure and essential services struggling to keep pace. From the current level of 56% in 2020, the United Nations (UN) projects that 68% of the world’s population will be urban by 2050. Many of the world’s fastest growing populations over this period are projected to be rapidly…

Digital Revolution: The Future of Higher Education in Liberia

The Liberian education system is recovering after decades of civil instability. The longstanding effects of two civil wars, exacerbated by school closures during the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak, left Liberia with a fragile education system and even weaker information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure. Although information is more accessible than ever, students and faculty at Liberia’s…

Applying the Innovation Adoption Measurement Approach

This brief describes how projects in Mali and Haiti applied of the Innovation Adoption Measurement Approach, developed by Chemonics expert Dr. Tom Fattori, to support adaptive management on resilience-focused projects. This approach takes the findings from an innovation adoption assessment and identifies specific and actionable recommendations for targeting and improving the adoption of practices that…

Sharon Haba

Sharon Haba is an education expert with over 20 years of experience in teaching, research and consulting, and leadership in academic, government, and international organizations. Since 2018, Sharon has led the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning for the Soma Umenye (Read and Know) project in Rwanda. Prior to this, she worked with the government of Rwanda’s…

Trauma-Informed Approaches to Development Checklist

Global mental health experts recognize that traumatic stress can dramatically affect progress toward the same outcomes Chemonics projects work toward each day, including educational achievement, economic productivity, social cohesion, positive communal relations, and overall health and wellbeing. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated many of these sources of trauma, whether it be armed conflict, natural…

Zoltan Milic

Zoltan Milic is an experienced economist with over 17 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation, data and complex systems modeling and analyses, change management, and internal auditing. Zoltan is currently the director of Monitoring and Evaluation, for Chemonics’ US Government Business Line. In his prior role, he served as the monitoring and impact evaluation…

3 Questions with Garrett Dorer about Remote Management in the Era of COVID-19

While most development projects use some form of remote management — U.S.-based home offices oversee project offices, main offices in capitals oversee satellite offices, and teams are distributed across multiple countries (e.g., FEWS NET) — the COVID-19 pandemic presents uncharted territories for many in the global development sector. Travel and movement restrictions, work from home…

Creativity and Innovation During a Global Crisis

The full implications of the COVID-19 pandemic are yet to be determined, but it has disrupted nearly every aspect of socioeconomic activity at a breadth and scale not seen in modern memory. Now activities that once seemed routine — school, work, travel, errands, and social gatherings —present serious health risks, and the resulting lockdown is…

Abdulkader Alaeddin

Abdulkader Alaeddin is a team leader overseeing the Syria Education Programme and a monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning (MERL) expert with 14 years of experience designing, implementing, and leading activities in conflict-affected areas across the Middle East, including in Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey. He has experience designing and implementing grants programs, including in the…