Thinking and Working Politically Learning and Futures Symposium

The Symposium, taking place in-person at Chemonics’ Washington D.C. office and virtually on Zoom, will also explore future uses of Thinking and Working Politically (TWP), including integration with behavior science and supporting truly locally-led development. With facilitation by Senior Advisor Jennifer Swift-Morgan and other Chemonics TWP practitioners, speakers will include Alina Rocha Menocal, director of…

2022 Forum on New Approaches to Countering Corruption Across Sectors

This virtual Forum will bring together development practitioners, donors, and academics who are working to overcome the obstacles to sustainable progress created by corrupt practices and institutions to varying degrees in every country and every sector of development where USAID, Chemonics, and our partners around the world are pushing for meaningful changes that improve people’s…

Christopher Marshall

Chris currently serves as team leader on the HMG-funded Western Balkans Rule of Law Initiative, a highly adaptive transparency & accountability and criminal justice program working across each of the Western Balkans 6. Chris is a lawyer by background and has worked on many aspects of criminal, civil, and commercial justice as well as on…

Trust Issues: Why Trust Matters in International Development

Trust is a familiar concept, yet one too often ignored in programme design. It isan essential ingredient of mutually beneficial human relationships. Internationaldevelopment projects, particularly those in the field of governance, rely on relationshipsto meet their objectives. Trust smooths collaboration between project staff, donors,local stakeholders, governments, and, ultimately, the people who benefit fromprogramming. Despite its…

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…

Bakhtiyor Inamov

Bakhtiyor Inamov has 35 years of experience in academics, public administration agencies, business and civil sectors, project management and implementation of projects in public administration, water management, and improvement of services. While working at the USAID projects on Self Governance, provided expert support to the Government of Tajikistan during reforms of state governance at the…

Savrinisso Kurbonbekova

Savrinisso Kurbonbekova has been with the USAID Rural Water Supply (RWS) Activity since Dec. 1, 2020, and has 23 years of experience working for international organizations, with 20 years of experience in training programs management, including needs assessment, international marketing, monitoring and evaluation of training programs. This included developing and implementing USAID-sponsored US, regional, and…

Why Conflict Analysis Matters for Economic Development

Economic development does not happen in a vacuum. Each country has unique attributes and challenges that can affect program outcomes – from local identity politics to tensions over resources – and attitudes towards minorities. Promoting economic growth in fragile and conflict-affected areas adds an additional layer of complexity as programs run the risk of exacerbating…

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…