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A survey team of Al-Dhulail municipality in Jordan take precise measurements for the area of Wadi Al-Dhulail for their Master Development Plan, which is being developed jointly with the municipalities of Al-Hallabat and Al-Khalidiyah in cooperation with the Jordan CITIES project.

3 Lessons from Jordan on Using Asset and Liability Management to Encourage Local Economic Development

Lance Morrell | Mohammad Alamoush | Luke Waggoner
June 7, 2021
5 Minute Read
Sharp increases in population growth globally are stretching local governments tasked with providing services to their constituents. How can municipalities pay for this dramatic increase in service and the infrastructure needed to attract new businesses and spark local economic development?

For Holistic Violence Prevention, Consider the Local Systems Framework

Luke Waggoner | Steven Dudley
April 8, 2021
4 Minute Read
Without understanding complex political dynamics, motives, and systems, development practitioners risk exacerbating drivers of violence. USAID's Local Systems Framework can help to ensure programming is effective in curbing violence.
women riding on motorbike

Combatting Human Trafficking During COVID-19

Heather Goldsmith
January 27, 2021
5 Minute Read
The COVID-19 pandemic has increased opportunities for human traffickers to exploit people with limited financial means. Based on her work in Myanmar, Heather Goldsmith suggests how development partners can adapt their approaches to educational outreach on combatting trafficking to vulnerable communities.
An infographic illustrating how connectivity on the internet can promote global collaboration.

How to Conduct Applied Political Economy Research in a Pandemic

Sharon Van Pelt | Suzanne Kelly-Lyall | Bryce Watson
November 2, 2020
5 Minute Read
Chemonics' Center for Politically Informed Programming offers five tips for overcoming the limitations of remote fieldwork to get the most out of applied political economy analyses.
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Three Questions on Financing Self-Reliance with Mario Kerby

Mario Kerby
August 11, 2020
4 Minute Read
How can development practitioners foster local commitment for financing self-reliance? Chief of Party Mario Kerby shares how his project has engaged a diverse array of stakeholders — from finance ministers to schoolchildren — to ensure commitment to crucial fiscal reforms remains strong.

The Work You May Not Know You’re Doing and How To Do It Better

Stacia George | Heather Seeley
June 30, 2020
5 Minute Read
Stacia George and Heather Seeley explore why security sector reform is key to every development project, how you may be enacting reform without knowing it, and how to do more to integrate best practices into your project for more effective and just security sector wherever you work.

Best of the Blog 2019


December 31, 2019
2 Minute Read
This was a big year for private sector engagement, with nearly half of our most popular posts exploring its importance to the future of development. Check out those posts and other key insights, profiles, and technical approaches from Chemonics in 2019.

Let’s Get Creative: Localized Data Collection for Stronger Project Outcomes

Gabriel Falk
December 23, 2019
4 Minute Read
How can the development community become more creative with data collection to navigate complex operating environments and gather accurate, high-quality, consistent data?

An Argument for Inclusive Stabilization

Catherine Kannam
November 7, 2019
2 Minute Read
How can organizations target the challenges specifically facing minority communities while ensuring efforts contribute to the cohesion and stability of the whole society? Catherine Kannam shares four best practices.