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Senior Vice President, East and Southern Africa Victoria Cooper

​Victoria Cooper is currently the senior vice president of Chemonics’ East and Southern Africa regional business unit. Victoria is a proven public policy and administration expert with more than 30 years of experience designing and managing complex development projects in Africa for USAID, DFID, and the World Bank. Previously the chief of party of the USAID Digital Liberia and e-Governance Capacity Building Activity, she has demonstrated expertise in designing governance and institutional strengthening frameworks and developing public sector policies. She previously served as the chief of party on the USAID Governance and Economic Management Support Project in Liberia. Victoria holds an M.B.A. in international finance from Columbia University and has held several senior leadership positions managing multidisciplinary teams across various technical sectors. Through her work on more than 10 donor-funded projects in Ghana, the Gambia, Liberia, Rwanda, and Sierra Leone, she has spearheaded capacity building and reform in more than 85 ministries, agencies, and commissions across sub-Saharan Africa. Victoria is the co-chair of the Standing Committee on Racial Equality under the Diversity and Inclusion Council, which was established in June 2020 to center the experiences of members of the Black and African American community as well as other Indigenous Persons and People of Color.

by Victoria Cooper

Demonstrating Leadership for Racial Equality in Development

This post originally appeared on Devex. It’s clear that the United States, along with countries around the world, is reckoning with systems of racial inequality. Chemonics and many other organizations in and outside of the development community are examining and taking action to uproot racism in their headquarters, through their processes, and in the communities…

3 Questions with Victoria Cooper: Ebola, COVID-19, and Global Development

As chief of party for the USAID Digital Liberia and e-Government project, Vicki Cooper led efforts to strengthen Liberia’s health, education, and economic growth sectors through enhanced information, communication, and technology capabilities in the aftermath of the Ebola epidemic. 1. How can the global development community use lessons learned from the Ebola crisis in Liberia…

How Can We Reduce Corruption if Integrity is a Personal Choice?

African governments have contested elections on a platform of ridding the country of corruption for many years. They berate predecessors for not doing enough, when they have no tangible plans for addressing corruption’s root cause, the lack of integrity. If a lack of integrity is the root cause of corruption, then it is important to…