Out and About: How to Create Responsive Security Resources for LGBTQ+ Travelers

More than 70 countries criminalize consensual same-sex acts between adults, and LGBTQ+ individuals are often faced with significant discrimination, stigma, and violence. Recognizing that LGBTQ+ development professionals work in many of these countries and carry concerns about safety and security, Chemonics established an LGBTQ+ employee resource group (ERG), ChemPRIDE, which partners with the company’s security…

The Problem with the Phrase ‘And Other Vulnerable Groups’

This post originally appeared on Devex. Have you ever heard the phrase, “women, youth, and other vulnerable groups” in a development context? If the answer is yes, you probably recognize that this phrase is common across development programs. Usually, it is used to show that we’re advocating for the needs of communities that are most…

News: Chemonics Announces New Corporate Diversity and Inclusion Director Albert E. Smith Jr.

Chemonics International welcomes Albert E. Smith Jr. as director of corporate diversity and inclusion. Mr. Smith brings 15 years of experience leading medium-to-large inclusive change management initiatives in the federal government, non-profit, and private sectors to Chemonics. Most recently, Mr. Smith worked at Cook Ross, where he engaged with executives, leaders, and individual contributors at…

Beginning the D&I Journey: 5 Questions to Ask

Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Execute a few simple steps. Do it again and again and … poof, success! While this formulaic approach may work for some organizational processes, the path toward a successful diversity and inclusion (D&I) program for your workplace can be nonlinear and messy. For those of us who have worked in this arena,…

Balancing for Better – And Beyond

Happy International Women’s Day! This is an important day to reflect on and celebrate the critical contributions that women make to our society, our workplaces, and lives. There is so much to be proud of and still much to do to ensure women have equitable access and recognition for their amazing contributions. I am excited…

Proud and Loud Resilience Programming

Although international development programs often seek to extend aid efforts to the LGBTQ community as part of an inclusive development approach, these efforts can fail in places where there is a significant dichotomy between the program’s goals and the host country’s legislative and religious norms. LGBTQ efforts can be sidelined when aid efforts focus on…

Shauna Caria

Shauna Caria is the global practice lead for Chemonics’ Gender Equality and Social Inclusion practice. With over 10 years of international development experience in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, Central Asia, South Africa, and Eastern Europe, Shauna is an expert on disability inclusion, women’s empowerment, mainstreaming gender and social inclusion, combatting gender-based…

Our Work in Gender Equality and Social Inclusion

At Chemonics, we realize that every project is an opportunity to change historical norms for how all individuals participate in and benefit from development. We apply a gender and social inclusion lens to our multi-sector work, acknowledging factors like age, ethnic and religious identities, sexual orientation and gender identity, physical and mental ability, and socioeconomic…

Kaelan Sullivan Fleury

Kaelan Sullivan Fleury (she/her/hers) is passionate about supporting inclusive workplaces, programs, and communities. She has 10 years of international development experience in gender and social inclusion integration, project management, operations, training, business development, and research. She currently serves as the Operations Director for Chemonics’ USG Business Line Support Division. In her prior role as the…

​Kelly Brooks

​Kelly Brooks is an experienced international development specialist with 17 years of program management experience on projects aimed at addressing systematic violence inflicted against minorities and vulnerable communities. Kelly has nearly 10 years of experience managing USAID funded projects with Management Systems International, Florida International University, and most recently Chemonics. She is a respected human…

Helping All of Vietnam’s Citizens

Although recent modernization and market reform have improved Vietnam’s economy, there are still vulnerable populations that have been unable to reap the benefits of this growth. The USAID Governance for Inclusive Growth (GIG) program worked with the public and private sectors in Vietnam to enhance governance and facilitate trade. The program improved the country’s legal…

Improving the Guatemalan Justice System

Guatemala’s justice system is vital for the protection of its most vulnerable citizens, including youth, women, indigenous people, and LGBTQI populations. The Guatemalan justice system struggles to fulfill its obligations in the administration of justice, particularly in how it handles juvenile justice, gender-based violence, and human trafficking. USAID’s Youth and Gender Justice Project aims to…