Matchmaking Businesses and Investors in DRC

Factors like poor governance, low institutional capacity, a variety of languages, and corruption present a challenging environment for businesses in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Yet, in frontier and conflict markets like eastern DRC, finding promising businesses and helping them grow is an effective way to create jobs and drive inclusive growth. With its…

Building Back Better Through Trade

This post originally appeared on British Expertise International’s blog. Governments are looking to trade to breathe life back into their beleaguered economies. Allowing goods to move safely and efficiently across borders into businesses and consumers hands is vital to restoring faith in markets and stemming rising unemployment. But restoring trade to previous levels is not…

Final Report: Vietnam Governance for Inclusive Growth Program (GIG)

This final report highlights the Governance for Inclusive Growth (GIG) program, aimed at strengthening governance, expanding access to quality higher education, addressing threats to health and the environment, and improving opportunities for vulnerable groups. The report discusses the program’s continuous, adaptive technical assistance and summarizes GIG’s successes and lessons learned for program design. It also…

Final Report: Kosovo Partnerships for Development

The Kosovo Partnerships for Development (KPD) project’s final report covers how it implemented its scope of work by completing significant reform-driven initiatives. These objectives were to improve the business environment and the implementation of construction reforms, and to enhance the country’s macroeconomic stability and public financial management (PFM) at the central and local level. Despite…

Mauricio Moscoso

Mauricio Moscoso currently serves as the chief of party for Peru Institutional Strengthening Partnership for DEVIDA. He has over 15 years of experience in consulting, designing, and implementing economic development projects in Latin-American, Asia, and Eurasia.  He has previously served as the general director of the Productive Development Department at the Ministry of Production in…

Andrew Baker

Andrew Baker currently serves as the chief of party for the Punjab (Pakistan) Enabling Environment Project. Previously, he served as a home office project management director and was responsible for the technical, contractual, and financial oversight of a USAID-funded portfolio of three projects totaling $36.7 million. He also served as the deputy team lead and…

Developing Sustainable Tourism in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina has unique layers of history and one of Europe’s most distinguished natural landscapes. Yet, fractious governance, high unemployment, the low participation of women in the labor force, an aging population, and the emigration of skilled youth undercut the country’s prosperity. The tourism sector has the potential to address these challenges and catalyze…

Voices from Our Projects: Critical Skills for Private Sector Engagement

This blog post is the second in a series on private sector engagement. Check out our previous blog here. You’re starting up a new project. Perhaps it’s focused on environmental protection, or anticorruption, or at-risk youth. In any case, you know that the private sector will be a critical partner for achieving your objectives sustainably.…

Jessica Soto

Jessica Soto has more than 20 years of experience in strategic planning and management of policy reforms and international affairs. Currently, Jessica is the private sector engagement lead for the Transparent Public Investment USAID Project in Peru. Previously, she has occupied high-level and managerial positions in the Peruvian public sector, designing and implementing public policies…

Sowing Stronger Markets in Kyrgyzstan

The Kyrgyz Republic accounts for 6.3 million people, with a slow-growing, agriculture-led economy. Although economic growth is steady, employment opportunities have lagged. This has forced many people to leave so that they can seek income-generating opportunities elsewhere, which has created economic and social obstacles to peaceful and prosperous living. The central government has historically neglected…

Tetyana Dudka

Tetyana Dudka is the senior vice president of Chemonics’ Europe and Eurasia regional business unit. She joined Chemonics in 2009 and brings more than 20 years of experience leading and supporting development programs in Europe and Eurasia, with a technical focus on market systems development, competitiveness enhancement, institutional reforms, public-private partnerships, investment and trade promotion,…

3 Lessons for Empowering Youth to Drive Sustainable Change Through Innovation

Join UNLEASH and Chemonics during the closing event of the upcoming Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit on October 29 at 10:15 a.m. EDT to observe our innovation skills-building session with youth attendees and listen to testimonials about how targeted investment in youth has led to sustainable development outcomes. Currently, half of the world’s population is…