Shifting Burdens: Malaria Risks in a Hotter

Climate variability and change present both current and future risks to human health. The purpose of this report is to: Increase understanding of the influence of climate variability and change, specifically, rising temperatures on malaria exposure of populations in sub-Saharan Africa; and provide public health decision-makers and stakeholder practitioners with information to make decisions about…

Equipping for Expected and…Unexpected Outcomes: The Convergence of Economic Growth and Governance

Sustainable development requires attention to the multiple dimensions of economic, political, and social complexities, all of which interconnect. We know from our own experience that economic growth leads to changes in society and, thereby, corresponding changes in the relationships among government, private sector, social structures, and institutions. For example, increased international trade is likely to…

Can Robotics Curb Brain Drain in Moldova?

This activity was one of four winners of Chemonics’ recent Market Systems and Youth Enterprise Development Innovation Contest within the youth enterprise track. This post originally appeared on Marketlinks.  When thousands of youth are migrating abroad to seek better employment opportunities, how do you provide a viable economic alternative to encourage them to stay, develop their skills,…

International Day of the Midwife: Promoting Diversity to Reduce Disparities in Maternal Health

A recent article highlighted the staggering disparities that persist in maternal and neonatal outcomes in America. The disparities are in part because of societal and racial bias within the health-care system. In New York, black women are four times more likely than white women to die in childbirth. Pre-eclampsia and eclampsia are life-threatening pregnancy-related conditions that are sixty percent more…

A User is a User: 3 Tips from the Private Sector for Human-Centered Design

The development world is no stranger to human-centered design. Many of the basic principles — working with stakeholders to understand their needs, reframing core issues, taking a pilot-based approach to program design and refinement — have been part of the development discourse, in one form or another, for the last few decades. And as a formalized process, it’s…

Don’t Fight the System: 3 Steps to Apply the Local Systems Framework

Imagine you are in a neighborhood. In this neighborhood, there is a corner where young people gather every night to drink. We would call them “at-risk youth.” These are young guys who have dropped out of school, and the local priest decides that he is worried about them. The priest forms a basketball team that…

The SDGs are a Common Language and We’re Not Speaking It

The adoption of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was a watershed moment for the world, not only because of the importance of the goals themselves, but also because of the inclusiveness of the process used to develop them. Because of that inclusiveness, the private sector is now speaking the same language as that…

Thinking and Working Politically to Strengthen Agricultural Market Systems

Down-and-dirty politics and political roadblocks have thwarted the success of agricultural development projects for decades. To achieve greater success, we need to consider how we can better understand and break down such blocks. Whether we like it or not, international development efforts are inherently political. Within the agriculture sector, the relationships and power dynamics among…

Kate Woods

Kate Woods has nearly 20 years of development experience leading operational, administrative, and management processes for USAID-funded projects. She is currently the director of the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) Project. Prior to that she lead a USAID-funded supply chain technical assistance project as the country director in Côte d’Ivoire,…

Megan Nelson

Megan Nelson is a global health and project management professional with 15 years of experience designing, implementing, and monitoring and evaluating initiatives in health, and other sectors. Through her work with international development organizations, she focuses on improving the health, leadership skills, and economic power of youth through curriculum development, capacity building and training, and…