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…

Shifting the Lens for Resilient Development through the Whole-Farm Approach

COVID-19 and Russia’s war on Ukraine have severely disrupted global agricultural markets leading to severe food insecurity implications. The impact of these events demonstrates the importance of building the resilience of smallholder farming households and the market and food systems of which they are a part. Resilient households and local market systems can quickly adjust…

Final Report: HRH2030 Capacity Building for Malaria

From 2016 to 2021, the USAID Human Resources for Health in 2030 (HRH2030) program Capacity Building for Malaria (CBM) activity supported the development of high-functioning health systems that are equipped to lead nationwide malaria activities in 10 countries across West and Central Africa.

It’s the Behaviours that Count

This post was originally published by BEAM Exchange, and is cross posted with permission. As the project director for a new USAID-funded global flagship programme called Frontier Health Markets (FHM) Engage, you may think that I spend all my time focused on markets for family planning, maternal and child health, HIV, malaria, or TB. But you’d…

Centering Youth in Green Workforce Development

The climate crisis and ability to find decent jobs are two of the most urgent and significant issues facing young people. To address this, Chemonics and Unbounded Associates developed a set of resources to share the youth perspective on facilitating a just transition to the greening economy. These resources aim to provide development organizations with research-based practical guidance for…

Rethinking the Relationship Between Security and Development

Traditional interpretations of security that focus on ‘gates, guards, and guns’ can lead to the perception that project resources are being diverted from development to security objectives. Consequently, security within development projects is often seen as a zero-sum game. At times, security measures may feel unrealistic given the operating environment, time or budget constraints, and perceptions that…

Advancing Women’s Health Through Data and Partnerships

As a 19-year-old student living in Benin, Kidita* dreamed of finishing her studies before starting a family. She relied on the pill so she wouldn’t get pregnant while at school. But one day, when Kidita went to the health facility in her village to pick up her monthly prescription, she found that it was unavailable.…

Conservation Trust Funds and the Cubango-Okavango River Basin

River basins host complex and interrelated natural and human communities which depend on the basins’ resources to survive and thrive. Planning and managing resources at the basin level are critical to understanding interactions and addressing impacts to mutually benefit people, ecosystems, and wildlife. While natural systems know no boundaries, these basins often span national boundaries…

Cross-Sectoral Analysis Reveals Hidden Links to Youth Development

Youth – defined by USAID as those between the ages of 10-29 – are creating innovative solutions to global issues, building their capacity as leaders, and, in some instances, assuming positions of power. In the international development sector, we must invest in youth and prioritize their development to ensure that they have the support they…