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Director, Democracy and Governance Practice Susan Kemp

Susan Kemp is a democracy and governance specialist with more than 12 years of international development experience in areas such as elections, civil society strengthening, human rights, capacity development, advocacy and legal reform, and gender integration. Currently a director on the Democracy and Governance Practice, Ms. Kemp provides leadership to Chemonics’ Center for Politically Informed Programming, which supports integration of thinking and working politically throughout our work. She also provides democracy and governance technical project and proposal support and helps lead knowledge sharing, internal capacity building, and thought leadership activities. Ms. Kemp has worked with several international non-governmental organizations, including World Vision, the National Democratic Institute, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, and Freedom House. Ms. Kemp holds an M.A. in international human rights and a B.A. in political science.


Blog Posts by Susan Kemp

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

This post originally appeared on Harvard’s Center for International Development’s Building State Capability program’s blog. The authors successfully completed the 15-week Practice of Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation online course. This is their story. As development practitioners, we tend to rush in with solutions to deal with complex problems. We impose so-called best practices without digging…

Can We Actually Think and Work Politically?

Development is not working — at least not at the scale or pace needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. This is the central, fact-based premise behind calls and movements to do development differently from host-country recipients of aid, international organizations, donors, and implementing partners. Such calls emphasize adaptive, locally-owned, problem-solving approaches to tackle chronic development challenges.…

Four Lessons for Sri Lanka from Bangladesh’s Right to Information Experience

Access to information is a fundamental right. More than 100 countries worldwide have adopted right to information (RTI) legislation, which are laws regulating public access to information, particularly from public institutions (sometimes referred to as access to information or freedom of information laws). These countries are increasingly recognizing the connection between good governance, accountability, and freedom of…