Using a demand-driven development approach, our programs in Africa build the capacity of local institutions and create lasting impact, whether it is helping protect local biodiversity, facilitating international trade, or helping world leaders recognize famine conditions and plan accordingly. The common thread is our commitment to serving the needs of beneficiaries and local partners to promote true and lasting change. Our Africa portfolio is managed through two regional business units: East and Southern Africa, and West and Central Africa and Haiti.
USAID/Senegal’s COVID-19 Response: Lecture Pour Tous
USAID’s Lecture Pour Tous activity helped Senegalese children continue reading during school closures due to COVID-19. Reading programs were broadcast on radio and television, encouraging parents to read with their children.
Tracking Commodities Down to the Last Mile in Nigeria: COMS Webinar Recording
Recording from October 7, 2020 webinar on the Commodity Order Management System we are piloting in Nigeria.
Helping All Children Read in Senegal
Since 2016, USAID has supported Senegal to implement a national early reading program using three national languages. This video showcases one classroom, highlighting the positive impact the Lecture Pour Tous program has achieved.
Integrating Supply Chains in Nigeria
By combining parallel donor-funded warehousing and distribution supply into a single streamlined supply chain, the project facilitates the provision of critical life-saving HIV and malaria health commodities to the people of Nigeria.
Dependable Water and Sanitation Services in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Improving service providers’ business models in the Democratic Republic of the Congo will enable peri-urban communities to better access safe drinking water and sanitation services.
Matchmaking Businesses and Investors in DRC
Driving inclusive growth in eastern DRC will require private investment in the region’s promising businesses.
Promoting Dialogue to Build Peace in Mali
Achieving stability in Mali will require the peace process to include all groups that wield power and influence.
Farming for Food Security in Zimbabwe
Food security in Zimbabwe depends on an investment in farming households.
Securing Stability in Burkina Faso
Support to local communities in Burkina Faso can mitigate the escalation of regional conflict.
Scaling HIV and TB Prevention and Treatment in Nigeria
Supporting the implementation and scaling of HIV and TB prevention and treatment programs is key for improving the ability of Nigerian state and local health systems.
Tracking Products’ Temperature to Ensure Medication Quality
Tracking and documenting the temperature of products and storage conditions of medications from manufacturer to delivery can ensure product quality and inform supply chain decisions.
Stepping Up Public Accountability in Somalia
To secure debt relief, Somalia must strengthen financial oversight practices and embrace principles of accountability.
Protecting Food Value Chains Across Africa
Aflasafe is a solution that reduces poisonous Aflatoxin levels in staple crops. Its commercialization improves food security and promotes resilience.
Strengthening Logistics Information and Management Systems in Chad
Improving management of critical medical commodities in Chad is essential to sustaining the country’s progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis.
Fostering Responsible Local Stewardship of Global Fund Grants
Supporting national committees that coordinate Global Fund grants reinforces local ownership and strengthens the effort to end the HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria epidemics.
Increasing Access to Justice and Enhancing the Rule of Law in Rwanda
Access to justice is a crucial factor for Rwanda in combating poverty, promoting peaceful resolution of disputes, and enhancing the rule of law.
Promoting Supply Chain Integration in Côte d’Ivoire
By integrating the health product supply chain, more patients in Côte d’Ivoire will benefit from critical health services.
Enhancing Logistics Management for Ghana’s Health Supply Chain
Ghana’s Supply Chain Master Plan establishes a vision for an efficient health supply chain, which will only be realized through enhanced logistics management, data visibility, and last-mile distribution.
Enhancing Stability in Somalia
Somalia’s state assemblies must work in tandem with local and international actors to strengthen government capacity and promote a more peaceful, stable Somalia.
Natural Resource Management and Water Security in Southern Africa
Improved natural resource management and increased access to safe drinking water and sanitation are essential to addressing human and ecosystem challenges in southern Africa.
Combatting Wildlife Crime in Southern Africa
The decimation of wildlife through illegal poaching and trade threaten economic development and livelihood security in southern Africa.
Strengthening Somali Governance
Somalia is taking steps toward re-establishing governance with effective and accountable government institutions.
Breaking Financial Barriers to Education in the DRC
In the DRC, many parents struggled to pay school fees for their children's education. ACCELERE!1 leveraged existing cultural traditions to help families earn and save money to keep kids learning.
Approaching 95-95-95 HIV/AIDS Goals by Focusing on Patients
Ensuring adherence to HIV treatment can significantly improve the quality of life for people living with HIV. A patient-centric treatment approach is successfully reducing the burden and helping the global health community maintain the progress made to end AIDS by 2030 during COVID-19.
Private Partnership Paves the Way to Better Health in Nigeria
Engaging private sector partners in Nigeria’s lab sample network has strengthened the country’s efforts to eliminate HIV/AIDS and made its global health supply chain more resilient in the face of COVID-19.
Door-to-Door Malaria Awareness in Mozambique
Acting together to end malaria requires a vast awareness-building campaign. Community leaders in rural Mozambique are fighting misinformation on the ground – one household at a time.
In TransIT: Enhancing Visibility Across In-Country Supply Chains
Chemonics is helping to ensure that health commodities are delivered where they are needed most by using a low-cost, easy-to-use, cloud-based transport management system that increases visibility across the in-country supply chain.
Strengthening Health Systems and Access in Senegal
To improve health systems, the government of Senegal is creating tools, policies, and processes to ensure quality health service delivery.
Access to Medicines Transforms Lives for HIV/AIDS Patients
Bolstering the health supply chain in Zambia equips health facilities with the medicines and other supplies needed to care for patients like Catherine Nalungwe who live with HIV/AIDS.
Attention to Detail
Adjusting small aspects of the patient — and staff — experience in Ethiopia’s health facilities is leading to significant improvements in how the country provides health-care services.
Making Supply Chain Data Visibility a Reality
With a new tool at their disposal, health facilities in Malawi are collecting reliable data that ensures lifesaving medicines and supplies reach their final destination.
Low Emissions for High Results
In South Africa, a new technology is helping schools prepare meals for students faster and more sustainably — with far-reaching benefits for the local economy and the environment.
Train a Woman, Train a Nation
A new approach to training farmers is creating jobs and increasing harvests in Uganda.
Dealing with Counterfeits
A series of training events has helped Benin’s health supply chain workers learn how to safely dispose of counterfeit medicines that would otherwise find their ways into consumers’ hands.
A New Agricultural Extension Policy Takes Root in Uganda
When a farmer’s crop is being destroyed by pests or contaminated after harvest, who can she turn to for help? In Uganda, extension agents are becoming better prepared to provide farmers with answers.
Building Safe Spaces for Learning in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
To ensure that girls and boys in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have access to a meaningful education, the Accelere! project, funded by USAID and UK aid, aims to benefit more than 1 million children who otherwise would not get these opportunities.
At Home in the Classroom
By integrating mother-tongue language instruction in primary schools, teachers are building a stronger foundation for young students in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Is private sector engagement in health supply chains in LMICs the most recent panacea?
Governments, NGOs, and civil society organizations are examples of entities that have made significant investments in reaching the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of “[achieving] universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services, and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.” Even with these…
The Clock is Ticking: How to End TB by 2022
Although the world has made unprecedented gains in combating tuberculosis (TB) in the past two decades, access, quality and equity in TB care remain a big challenge. The added burden of COVID-19 is threatening to reverse these gains. Early on, lockdown and movement restrictions led to a decline in clinic visits due to fear of contracting COVID-19.…
How to Stop Zoom Zone-Out: Lessons from VukaNow
The role of USAID’s VukaNow Activity is to catalyze learning and share information and best practices to enhance collaborative efforts to combat wildlife crime in southern Africa. This work requires many in-person meetings and workshops. In 2020, VukaNow, along with partner CollaborateUp, was organizing a critical learning event in Botswana, planned for mid-March. Just a…
Where in the World Are Those Private Sector Partners?
As the countries of West and Central Africa struggle with ongoing health challenges such as a recent Ebola outbreak, one of the highest HIV/AIDS burdens in the world, and a fractured health infrastructure, many actors in the health supply chain remain unaware of what organizations and private companies already exist to provide valuable global health supply chain services…
From the Highlands to the Deltas: Why We Need Integrated Water Security Programming
Whether building strong economies, improving human health, or supporting thriving ecosystems, water is an integral and interconnected element with impacts far outside of the water sector in global development. While improved water management can reduce treatment costs and deliver valuable ecosystem services, poorly managed upstream resources can undermine investments in drinking water delivery. Cases from…
Building Back Better Through Trade
This post originally appeared on British Expertise International’s blog. Governments are looking to trade to breathe life back into their beleaguered economies. Allowing goods to move safely and efficiently across borders into businesses and consumers hands is vital to restoring faith in markets and stemming rising unemployment. But restoring trade to previous levels is not…
Mitigating Hesitancy Key to COVID-19 Vaccine Readiness
Vaccines are one of the most cost-effective public health interventions, saving millions of lives each year. They are our best chance of eradicating COVID-19, which has had one of this century’s most devastating impacts on humankind, with high death tolls and major disruptions to economies and everyday life. Vaccines historically take years to develop, requiring…
3 Questions with Baz Semo: Ensuring Safe and Continuous HIV Service Delivery in Nigeria
In Nigeria, where 1.8 million people live with HIV and 100,000 were newly infected in 2019, the pandemic has disrupted the government of Nigeria’s efforts to lead a large-scale, evidence-driven national response to control the HIV epidemic by limiting access to critical testing and treatment services. To address this, healthcare administrators and frontline workers are…
Power Revolution — A New Way Forward in the Global Power Sector
This post originally appeared on Devex. The COVID-19 pandemic that has overwhelmed health care systems around the world has also exposed significant weaknesses in another essential element of economic and social development: the global power sector. Dramatic swings in daily electricity demands as countries impose and rescind pandemic lockdowns, and the subsequent economic damage to governments…
News: Chemonics Does Digital Health
Digital health presents new opportunities to contribute to Sustainable Development Goal 3, to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages. We are proud to promote technological development and engage the workforce necessary to harness and leverage the power and possibility behind digital health. Next week, Chemonics will join more than 1,000 digital health practitioners…
3 Questions with Simon Cole: Re-envisioning Health Commodity Distribution in Zambia
Since 2016, the USAID GHSC-PSM project in Zambia has been working closely with the Ministry of Health, Medical Stores Limited, and other partners to improve availability and access to lifesaving health commodities through procurement, distribution, and supply chain technical assistance. GHSC-PSM and Medical Stores Limited (MSL)’s implementation of an innovative health commodity distribution system through a…
3 Questions with COVID-19 Coordinator Dr. Monique N’Guessan: Charting a Course for Côte d’Ivoire
This post was adapted from a post that originally appeared on the USAID HRH2030 program’s website. As the COVID-19 coordinator for the USAID Human Resources for Health in 2030 (HRH2030) program in Côte d’Ivoire, Dr. Monique N’Guessan explains the effects of the pandemic in Côte d’Ivoire and the measures being taken to move the country…
3 Questions with Grace Namaganda: Balancing Service Delivery for HIV/AIDS, Malaria during COVID-19
The fight to end HIV/AIDS is far from over, and millions worldwide rely on services or commodities that aren’t designed to work with social distancing rules. Grace Namaganda provides recommendations on how to use data for decision-making, protect community health workers, help HIV patients adhere to antiretroviral (ARV) regimes, and leverage partnerships from her experience…
Early Grade Reading: What Does ‘Good’ Look Like and How Do We Measure It?
Parents send their child to school and expect that she will learn to read. A teacher is expected to deliver quality instruction and provide appropriate support to students who are struggling. A head teacher is expected to turn an underperforming school into a high-performing one. An education official is expected to ensure national education performance.…
3 Questions with Fred Kasongo on Expanding Early Grade Literacy in Crisis-Affected Communities
1) Why do you think it is important to expand activities to Beni and Butembo? As a Congolese citizen, I’m aware of the challenges in various parts of my country, and in particular, in Beni and Butembo in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Approximately 1 million inhabitants of these cities face heightened insecurity from…
3 Questions with Antonio Mussa: Cyclones, COVID-19, and Antimalarial Interventions
Devastating cyclones and global pandemics like COVID-19 can distract Mozambicans from addressing the pervasive problem of malaria, which is often seen as a part of daily life even though it is responsible for 29 percent of all deaths in the country. As COVID-19 spreads through Mozambique’s northern provinces, Antonio Mussa, chief of party of the Chemonics-led…
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…
3 Takeaways from Testing the Gender Competency Framework in Ethiopia
This post was adapted from a post that originally appeared on the USAID HRH2030 program’s website. Gender sensitivity is often overlooked in the slew of daily health care inquiries directed to service providers. And yet, gender norms—how a society ascribes day-to-day roles, rights, and responsibilities to women and men—play a significant role in client-provider interactions. Reproductive…
Upcoming Webinar: Emergency Supply Chain Response
Research has shown that planning for and investing in emergency preparedness in advance – and building resilient supply chains – reduces the amount of response funds needed and allows for a quick response to control, contain, and, hopefully, stop a disease before it spreads. As COVID-19 continues to spread across the world and within countries,…
The Case for Practical Techniques for Inclusive Classrooms
While efforts to improve inclusion of learners with disabilities are gaining traction with donors and ministries of education, those efforts largely focus on identification and disability mapping to get policy into place. Approaching inclusive education solely from the lens of policy development leaves the classroom teacher and the children she serves waiting. Practical implementation of…