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Stop, Look, and Listen! Preventing Recruitment of Youth into Illicit Activities in Southern Colombia

Cameron Berkuti | Christina Schultz | Diana Acuña | Juan Pablo Castaño | ​Kelly Brooks | Susan Kemp
April 18, 2019
2 Minute Read
As development practitioners, we tend to rush in with solutions to deal with complex problems. But, acknowledging problem complexity means we need to step back and give ourselves room to figure out how to achieve sustainable impact.

Harnessing Technology to Address Gross Human Rights Violations

Patricio Toussaint
April 9, 2019
4 Minute Read
To hold government accountable, CSOs must go beyond traditional efforts to combat human rights violations by collaborating with others, including the information and communications technology sector, to maximize their impact.

Can We Actually Think and Work Politically?

Robert Brookes | Susan Kemp
February 28, 2019
1 Minute Read
Robert Brookes and Susan Kemp advocate for collective action to change how we do development and accelerate progress toward development goals.

Best of the Blog 2018


December 27, 2018
2 Minute Read
From socially inclusive development to a robotics club in Moldova, Chemonics’ staff members have shared their insights, opinions, and technical approaches on our blog.

Working the System: What We’ve Learned About Strengthening Accountability

Sarah Nugent
December 20, 2018
3 Minute Read
What is the most effective way to strengthen accountability in our development work? Sarah Nugent shares a promising approach that enables civil society to circumvent political barriers and create power: clusters.

The Politics of Biodiversity: Two Experiences with Thinking and Working Politically

Carolyn Heaps
November 29, 2018
4 Minute Read
What does thinking and working politically on biodiversity projects look like? Carolyn Heaps shares experiences and lessons learned from projects in Guatemala and Indonesia.

Facilitating Gender Equitable Policy Reform: Four Principles

Dr. Susanne E. Jalbert | Aimal Hakim
October 16, 2018
3 Minute Read
In Afghanistan, implementors embrace a stakeholder-centric approach to overcome policy challenges to gender equity. Technical specialists and local government officials agree that accountability and local ownership are crucial elements of this model.
Afghan women participate in the USAID’s Promote: Women in Government (WIG) project's one-year training program.

Empowering Women and Cultivating Equitable Governance in Afghanistan

Dr. Susanne E. Jalbert | Robert Lord-Biggers
September 20, 2018
5 Minute Read
Through a combination of training, policy reform, and positive communications, the USAID Promote: Women in Government (WIG) project supports Afghan women and government stakeholders to create civil service opportunities for women.

Increasing Resiliency in the Face of Disaster: Four Best Practices

Giuliana Canessa Walker
September 20, 2018
4 Minute Read
How can implementing partners and international NGOs help countries establish a solid foundation to prepare for, respond to, and rebuild after disasters? When it comes to increasing resilience, these four practices are a good place to start.