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Director Stacy Edgar

Stacy Edgar is a governance and economic growth specialist with ten years of experience. Currently a director in Chemonics’ Asia Division, Ms. Edgar manages program design teams and cultivates partnerships with the private sector, government, and civil society to design programs to address a diverse range of challenges underlying global poverty, including harnessing technology to expand financial inclusion, strengthening agricultural market systems, and introducing social enterprise models to improve last mile service delivery. She has also served as monitoring and evaluation advisor on a local governance program and was a 2014-2015 Penn Kemble Fellow at National Endowment for Democracy. Prior to joining Chemonics, Ms. Edgar worked as a research assistant at the Overseas Development Institute and volunteered with Médecins Sans Frontières. Ms. Edgar holds a M.Sc. in global politics and civil society from the London School of Economics and a B.A. in international development and political science from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Blog Posts by Stacy Edgar

4 Chances to Swallow Our Pride and Learn from Failure

This post originally appeared on the SEEP Network‘s blog.  Discussing failure is difficult because it implies that someone didn’t do their job well. Too often, the discussion stops there. Yet, the complexity of our work means that forces beyond our control often influence the outcomes of our programs, making it worth finding a way to discuss…

Fail Fast, Succeed Sooner: Why Investing in Innovation Is Worth the Risk

It has become increasingly trendy in international development to look to Silicon Valley and the tech world’s start-up culture for inspiration in making our programs more “innovative.” Inspired by the pace at which the tech world can turn an idea into products and staples of everyday life, we aspiring innovators of international development look to…

5 Trends to Watch in Digital Financial Services

The success of Kenya’s mobile money system, M-PESA, over the past few years has opened many people’s eyes to the potential of digital solutions to expand access to finance. In recent years, global markets have also taken notice in the lucrative opportunity posed by digital financial services or “fintech” (shorthand for the financial technology space).…