Peggy Ochandarena

Peggy Ochandarena promotes research efforts for Chemonics’ work worldwide, facilitating partnerships with universities. Peggy is a justice and security expert and a monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) specialist; she has designed, managed, and evaluated international development projects in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, and Latin America. As Director of Chemonics’ MEL Department, she…

Strengthening Institutions in Georgia

The government of Georgia recognizes the need to improve its key institutions and continue reforms, as important organizational and administrative systems are often underdeveloped and hinder the country’s growth. The USAID Human and Institutional Capacity Development PLUS (HICD PLUS) project strengthened institutions that play a significant role in implementing the government’s reforms, increasing government transparency,…

Strengthening Haiti’s Judicial System

Haitians tend to perceive justice as inaccessible to most citizens, especially in rural areas, and the pursuit of justice as costly and lengthy. The USAID Haiti Justice Sector Strengthening Program (JSSP) improved the country’s legal framework, protected citizens’ lawful rights, and increased accountability and oversight within the justice system. JSSP’s primary local counterparts are the…

News: Exploring the Nexus of Politics and Local Governance

Does international development take place inside a political vacuum, where the difference between success and failure hinges purely on getting the technical aspects of an intervention right? Or does development take place inside the unpredictable — and, at times, chaotic — world of politics, where the fate of even the most technically sound solution depends…