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Manager Spencer Parsons

Spencer Parsons is a new business development manager in Chemonics’ U.K. Division and co-chair of the ChemPRIDE employee resource group.

by Spencer Parsons


Leveraging Your Company’s ERG: How to Partner with Global LGBTI Civil Society Organizations

As countries around the world grapple with the COVID-19 health crisis, the downstream economic and social impacts are particularly devastating for populations that already exist within the margins of society, including those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI). In many countries, the pandemic has amplified the stigma, discrimination, violence, and deprivation…

Tracking Distortions Versus Designing for Disruption

This post originally appeared on the SEEP Network. What is the difference between a market distortion and a market disruption, and do we need to track data differently in these contexts? These are the fundamental questions that panelists at the 2018 SEEP Annual Conference session, M&E for Markets: Building Evidence, Tracking Distortions, and Measuring Success tried to answer. In…

Ukraine’s Most Celebrated Watermelons Spark Unexpected Reform

This activity was one of the four winners of Chemonics’ recent Market Systems and Youth Enterprise Development Innovation Contest within the market systems track. This post originally appeared on Marketlinks. It is not often that a pilot activity to improve a market system ends up capturing the imagination of a nation. Yet, when a barge loaded…

Making Development Dollars Go Further

Achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030 will not be easy — or cheap. It is estimated that an extra $2.5 trillion in funding will be needed to achieve the SDGs by 2030. Soon after the goals were finalized in 2015, it became clear that traditional philanthropy and official development assistance at its current levels would…

Tourism Dollars Make the World Go Round

Each year, an unlikely scene unfolds in Jordan. Hundreds of motorcyclists gather from across the globe to take part in the Jordan Rider Rally Weekend — an event organized by the Royal Motorcycle Club of Jordan and the Jordanian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. Over the course of a weekend, hundreds of motorcyclists will depart…