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,…

Learning from All Children Reading Technical Briefs

From 2015 through 2021, Chemonics led multiple early grade reading reform activities under the USAID All Children Reading Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity Contract. These activities include programming in Senegal to support the Ministry of National Education’s Lecture Pour Tous program; in Rwanda under the Soma Umenye project; and in Tajikistan for the Read with Me project.…

A Local Certification System in Georgia: Steppingstones to Meeting Market Demands

This brief focuses on the role of certification schemes for agricultural products by tracking the creation of Georgian Good Agricultural Practices (GeoGAP). GeoGAP is a scaled-down version of the internationally recognized Global Good Agricultural Practices (GLOBALG.A.P.) and helps meet local demand for safe, traceable food. The certification was created by the Georgian Farmers’ Association with…

Donor Solicitation Analysis: Gender Equality and Social Inclusion in Solicitation Design

The Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Team at Chemonics reviews solicitations to which we respond and track degrees of gender mainstreaming and social inclusion across regions and technical sectors. The brief delves into GESI trends observed between 2018-2020 and includes deeper investigation of disability inclusion, minority inclusion, and safeguarding trends in solicitation design. The…

Accelerating Progress Toward HIV Epidemic Control

An estimated 38 million people are living with HIV globally, yet only two-thirds are on the treatment. Chemonics applies a decade of experience to enable local stakeholders to accelerate the HIV/AIDS response. Chemonics partners with national and subnational governments, the private sector, and affected communities to build local capacity, strengthen health supply chains, and optimize…

Blended Finance Technical Briefs

These briefs serve as a reference point for development practitioners interested in leveraging blended finance approaches in project design and delivery and improving the quality of engagement with the private sector. They include a primer that provides a targeted, high-level overview of blended finance mechanisms to contextualize the sector-specific technical briefs. The briefs also articulate…

Energy Governance in Developing Countries — A New Approach

This technical brief shows how poor energy governance damages energy access and efforts to improve the quality and reliability of power. It explains the political reasons why energy governance is so poor in many countries and contrasts this with the current system of procuring technical assistance, which largely ignores the energy governance challenge. It shows…

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…

Resilience Programming in Support of Reforestation: Emerging Lessons from Haiti

This brief focuses on three key lessons learned — the importance of social capital for resilience, leveraging social capital to establish community buy-in, and linking resilience activities to specific shocks. The USAID Reforestation project team applied this learning to implement a refined reforestation approach, which may be relevant to other projects incorporating components of resilience-building,…