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Senior Advisor, Development Research Peggy Ochandarena

Peggy Ochandarena promotes research efforts for Chemonics’ work worldwide, facilitating partnerships with universities. Ms. Ochandarena 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 created policies and procedures, led development and delivery of MEL certificate programs, and oversaw creation of company-wide indicators. Ms. Ochandarena has trained senior experts in the U.S. Departments of State, Justice, and Commerce as well as host country personnel, local partners, and employees around the globe. She established and co-directs the Global Impact Collaboratory, a partnership with Arizona State University, and recently served as chief of party for the USAID Enhancing Palestinian Justice Program in the West Bank. Ms. Ochandarena has a master’s degree in social work from Boston College and a law degree from Georgia State University, and is a certified mediator.

by Peggy Ochandarena


Preventing Culture from Eating Your Strategy

This blog post has been adapted from an article in Journal of Social Science & Medicine – Population Health. If you’ve worked in development for long enough, at some point you’ve scratched your head about why a technically sound strategy achieved less than expected results. As the old business adage goes, “Culture eats strategy for…

The Challenge of Measuring Climate Change Adaptation

Although the causes of climate change and the roles various nations must play in fighting it have been hotly debated, data provide solid evidence that our planet is facing significant climate challenges that impact our livelihoods, our well-being, and even our very lives. Addressing climate change requires a two-fold strategy: mitigation to deal with carbon…

Measuring Community Norms Around Women's Empowerment in the West Bank: Opportunities and Challenges of a Novel Approach Using Cultural Consensus

Understanding cultural norms is essential to achieving results in development interventions and preventing interventions from causing unintended negative consequences. However, capturing norms within everyday contexts in ways that can be monitored and evaluated can be expensive and time consuming and is not always feasible. We tested a novel method, the cultural consensus analysis, in the context of monitoring and evaluating a United States Agency for International Development justice project in the West Bank, Palestine.