In Search of Common Ground: Applying Shared Lessons from Countering Violent Extremism and Preventing Gang Violence

This chapter was written by Chemonics employees Enrique Betancourt and Todd Diamond as part of an anthology published by the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) entitled “Sharpening Our Efforts: The Role of International Development in Countering Violent Extremism.” It proposes five principles aimed at countering and preventing violent extremism: adapting to the unstable…

Executive Memorandum: Armenia Financial Sector Assessment

Through the Financial Sector Knowledge Sharing Project (FS Share), USAID, in collaboration with its Bureau for Economic Growth Agriculture and Trade (EGAT) and Chemonics International, identified financial sector priorities and developed strategies and programs for growing the financial sector. FS Share also identified financial sector best practices and aggregated those best practices through model scopes…

FS Series #12: Developing Government Bond Markets – Primer, Diagnostic

The objective of this deliverable is to help United States government economic growth program designers identify reforms to facilitate the development of efficient government securities markets (GSMs), for the primary market in which government securities (GS) are issued and for the secondary market in which GS are traded. It presents case studies based on recent…

FS Series #11: Innovations in Financial Services Delivery – Branchless Banking

This primer’s objective is to provide U.S. government program designers with a basic technical understanding of branchless banking as a sustainable approach to increase access to financial services. The primer is designed as a practical tool to enable program designers to integrate best practices and lessons learned into effective economic growth programming.

Establishing an Enabling Environment for Financial Sector Development

Through the FS Share Task Order, the USAID Bureau for Economic Growth Agriculture and Trade (EGAT) and Chemonics collaboratively identify financial-sector priorities and develop strategies and programs for growing the financial sector.  This paper describes the experience of USAID programs in Albania, Georgia, Egypt, and Colombia as they apply to the design and implementation of initiatives…

Developing Azerbaijan’s Capital Market: An Assessment

While considerable progress has been made in establishing a legal and regulatory environment and the institutional infrastructure to support development of a securities market in Azerbaijan, the market remains underdeveloped and slowly developing. Notable constraints to market development include those associated with the market’s organizational and operational infrastructure, corporate governance, the protection of investors’ rights,…

Financial Series #1: Enabling Sub-Sovereign Bond Issuances

Through the Financial Sector (FS) Share task order, the USAID Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture, and Trade (EGAT) and Chemonics proactively collaborated with missions to identify financial sector priorities and develop strategies and programs to grow the financial sector. This primer was prepared by Caroline Averch and J. Mauricio Gutierrez of Chemonics with support from USAID EGAT and The U.S. Treasury International Affairs Office of Technical…

Developing Participatory Evaluations for Countering Violent Extremism

The paper defines participatory evaluation of CVE as a process by which an implementer or researcher engages various stakeholders to design some of the indicators that they will use as proxy indicators to measure violent extremism. Given cross-contextual variation of violent extremism (VE) dynamics, a participatory approach could clear practical value. How local people experience…

Enhanced Supervision Approaches: Phase 1 Landscape Analysis Findings Report

Structured by a conceptual framework and taxonomy to classify the inputs, processes, and results for 45 documented supervision approaches, HRH2030 elaborated findings from the analysis, as well as two case studies of most promising approaches. This work is presented as both a summary report and as a taxonomy of approaches for use and reference by health sector…

Vulnerability and Adaptation in the Mara River Basin

The Mara River Basin (MRB) is home to more than 1.28 million people in Kenya and Tanzania and supports a number of critically important wildlife areas. However, pressures such as population growth and land use change threaten water resources, and the threat to water resources in turn threatens development of key economic sectors such as…