Conservation Trust Funds and the Cubango-Okavango River Basin

River basins host complex and interrelated natural and human communities which depend on the basins’ resources to survive and thrive. Planning and managing resources at the basin level are critical to understanding interactions and addressing impacts to mutually benefit people, ecosystems, and wildlife. While natural systems know no boundaries, these basins often span national boundaries…

Mobilizing Capital Toward the Sustainable Development Goals

Even before COVID-19 hit, financing for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was falling $2.5 trillion (USD) short. The OECD’s Global Outlook 2021 report suggests that the annual SDG financing gap in developing countries could have increased by a further $1.7 trillion, or nearly 70%, in 2020. The finance needed to meet the SDGs represents only…

How Chemonics Is Mobilizing Finance for Development

USAID is putting self-reliance at the core of its strategy to help countries achieve and finance their own development objectives and thereby end their need for foreign assistance. To finance self-reliance, countries will need systems that mobilize and spend public resources efficiently, enabling environments that allow the private sector to thrive, and diverse and well-regulated…

Promoting Innovation Through New Technologies in Moldova

In the global context of the COVID-19 pandemic, new consumer trends and digitization are reshaping markets and firms. Several high-potential economic sectors in Moldova have an opportunity to pivot their recovery and emerge from the pandemic stronger and more successful than before. The Moldova Future Technologies Activity (FTA), funded by USAID and Sweden continues the…

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…

Final Report: E-PESO Activity

From to March 2015 to February 2021, the E-PESO Activity worked to help accelerate the transition of the Philippine economy from cash/checks to digital payments. This report discuss the rapid, widespread adoption of e-payments in the country and how it was achieved through partnering with the Government of the Philippines and the private sector. This…

Building Climate Finance Capacity in Nepal

Nepal is highly vulnerable to natural disasters. And as global warming continues, Nepal’s vulnerability accelerates, too. New local authorities often lack the financial management skills necessary to effectively manage green infrastructure projects. With better capacity to manage climate funds, Nepal will position itself to manage weather-related risks and spur investment in its green growth. The…

Dany Khy

Dany Khy is a senior international development professional with more than 16 years of experience leading programs in economic development with a focus on entrepreneurship, finance, and forging innovative public-private partnerships in the world’s largest emerging markets. She is currently serving as a director for Chemonics’ Center for Private Sector Engagement. Prior to Chemonics, Ms.…

Building a Financial Services Market Where There Wasn’t One

Emerging economies such as Colombia, Philippines, and South Africa offer sophisticated financial sectors that historically failed to reach marginalized groups. In Colombia specifically, this left rural areas largely unbanked and excluded from the broader economy, after decades of war. In four years, USAID/Colombia’s Rural Finance Initiative (RFI) — implemented by Chemonics — has linked more…

Keeping Vulnerable Children in School – Evidence of a Successful Community Savings Model

The ACCELERE!1 (A!1) project improved educational outcomes for girls and boys through enhanced teaching in national languages and French, reduced barriers to education, and increased transparency of school governance structures. This was accomplished by A!1’s income-generating activities and community savings groups approach, which helped parents secure a more affordable education for their children.