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.
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.
Improving Information Sharing and Coordination in Ghana’s Justice Sector
Better coordination between justice sector institutions in Ghana is needed to reduce delays in prosecution. A case tracking system is making a difference.
Laying a Digital Foundation
Improving ICT infrastructure is a critical step in strengthening the Liberian government’s decision-making around how to manage health, education, and other services for its citizens.
Empowering Health Leaders in West and Central Africa and Haiti
Through the USAID Global Health Supply Chain (GHSC) - Technical Assistance (TA) Francophone Task Order, health leaders are improving national supply chains and advancing global health security.
Cutting-edge Technologies in Global Health Supply Chains
To improve access to high-quality health products worldwide, the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management project employs cutting-edge technologies and industry best practices to make global health supply chains more efficient and reach more people.
Catalyzing Behavioral Change
High-impact communications campaigns transformed awareness and prevention of health challenges in Zambian communities.
Elevating Security Sector Reform
The global development community and U.S. government need the right tools, innovations, and proven technical approaches to improve security through security sector reform programs.
Clean Water and Resource Conservation in Angola, Botswana, and Namibia
In southern Africa, where many people live with little access to clean water and sanitation services, new resource management and conservation efforts made a big difference.
Addressing Drivers of Violent Extremism
The Sadaqa project, meaning friendship, supports the Mauritanian Ministry of Islamic Affairs’ efforts to thwart extremist recruitment.
Transforming the Nigerian Agriculture Sector
Nigerians who farm for a living often face low harvests and sales, which threatens the population’s livelihoods, access to food, and health.
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.
Building a Skilled Health Supply Chain Workforce for Haiti
Haiti acquired in-country expertise needed to address the problem of donated medical and laboratory equipment maintenance, moving one more step closer to self-reliance and sustainability.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Making Vaccines More Visible
By expanding the reach of its vaccine management information system, Pakistan is poised to increase immunization coverage and save thousands of lives from preventable diseases through greater data visibility.
A Damselfly Discovery in Angola
Scientists in southern Africa have identified a new species of damselfly while working on an environmental program that protects the biodiversity of the Cubango-Okavango River Basin.
Shocked into Action in Southern Africa
In southern Africa, communities are changing a common, but taboo, behavior that poses threats to public health.
Training Communities to Protect the Cubango-Okavango River Basin
Using a sustainable management system, communities in the Kavango Region of Namibia are working to conserve the Cubango-Okavango River Basin, which is the life source for more than 1 million people and supports diverse plants and wildlife.
Empowering Nigeria’s Farmers
In Nigeria, a training approach that integrates agronomic and business management best practices is boosting yields, increasing incomes, and empowering farmers.
Healthier Futures in Nigeria
Chemonics and USAID are teaching rural households in Nigeria how to grow, sell, and combine nutritious crops into healthier meals.
Rice Farming in Nigeria — Come Rain or Shine
Farmers in Nigeria improve their incomes and national food security by learning how to cultivate rice during the dry season.
Nigerian mothers increase their income, grow their businesses, and improve their family’s health through livelihood and nutrition training.
2020 Vision: Three Development Trends of the New Decade
Despite a global commitment, the U.N. estimates that countries and donors need $2.5 trillion in additional finance each year to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, official development assistance in 2018 was $153 billion. The number speaks for itself: the development community simply cannot…
News: Chemonics Announces New Senior Vice President Victoria Cooper
Chemonics International has named Victoria Cooper as senior vice president of the East and Southern Africa regional business unit. Ms. Cooper brings more than 30 years of experience in management, public policy, and administration to the position. Her extensive development experience will help lead the firm’s portfolio in more than 20 countries in sub-Saharan…
Best of the Blog 2019
Check out our countdown of the 10 most popular blog posts from 2019! 10. To Respond to the Venezuelan Migration Crisis, Let’s Also Tap the Private Sector By Ariana Szepesi-Colmenares As Venezuelan migrants navigate challenges in host countries, the private sector must play an active role in maximizing their economic opportunities. 9. Development Works Here…
Let’s Get Creative: Localized Data Collection for Stronger Project Outcomes
In discussing and measuring project success, the international development community is increasingly turning to “data-driven deliverables” that collect solid, demonstrable data to show project results and to build, design, and implement successful development programs. Yet the development industry, by nature, works in places where high-quality, reliable, and consistent data is hard to collect. Local environments,…
Development Starts Here — A Pledge to Action for Diversity and Inclusion
This post originally appeared on Devex. So often international development professionals facilitate incredible change in the most challenging environments, yet it can be difficult to practice what we preach. By the very nature of our work with people from all parts of society, all over the globe, international development firms — including Chemonics — have,…
Development Works Here with Grace Namaganda
We’d like you to meet Grace Namaganda! Grace is a human resources for health and management specialist. Grace is the country director of the USAID Human Resources for Health in 2030 (HRH2030) program in Malawi. She shares her 15 years of experience working in the public health sector and explains how she has worked with…
Making the Future Accessible: Safeguarding Women with Disabilities in the Workplace
Girls and women with disabilities experience up to 10 times more gender-based violence than those without disabilities (United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) global study). This can include physical or sexual violence, often perpetrated by family members or neighbors who know they are alone at home. To compound the situation further, women with disabilities have a…
What Do Women Want? Clean Toilets in Healthcare Facilities
White Ribbon Alliance launched the global What Women Want campaign in 2018. The alliance asked 1.2 million women and girls from 114 countries, “What is your one request for quality reproductive and maternal healthcare services?” Their answers surprised many. Second only to respectful and dignified care, women asked for improved access to water, sanitation, and…
Flying the Last Mile — Integrating Cargo Drones into Health Supply Chains
This post originally appeared on Devex. In remote regions of Malawi, terrain, infrastructure, and resource limitations delay — and can even prevent — lifesaving diagnoses and medicine deliveries to hospitals and health centers. Similar obstacles exist in countries across the developing world and the global health community is starting to turn to drones to speed…
An Argument for Inclusive Stabilization
Photo courtesy of USAID Colombia Human Rights Activity. This post originally appeared on Devex. When everyone is struggling to recover from violent conflict, singling out one community for assistance among many ethnic and religious identities can actually make matters worse. Yet, to heal the inter-community rifts that set the stage for conflict, targeted outreach to…
Ready. Set. Prepared: How the One Health Approach Strengthens National Epidemic Response
A bus stops at the Namanga One Stop Border Post along the Kenya-Tanzania border when some of its passengers begin to fall ill. Amid recent reports of a disease outbreak in the nearby community, health workers are ready and dressed in personal protective equipment. They climb aboard to triage; one attempts to collect information from…
She Is an Agripreneur: Enabling Female Entrepreneurship in Agribusiness
Rapid urbanization in developing countries is shifting demand for agricultural goods. Meanwhile, the digitization of value chains is generating more transparent information on the pricing and movement of goods. These changes within food systems open windows of opportunity for agripreneurship — that is, entrepreneurship in the agriculture sector — both on the farm and beyond…
News: Building Resilience Through Market Systems: Chemonics Presents at SEEP 2019
How can we forge better partnerships to drive agricultural productivity, incomes, and nutrition? How can we use data to empower people and foster resilience? What are the best ways to engage the private sector to make financial services inclusive? Chemonics will discuss these questions and more at the 2019 Small Enterprise Education and Promotion (SEEP)…
News: Chemonics’ President and CEO Susanna Mudge Joins Women Leaders on Panel at Global Women’s Summit
On Tuesday, October 15, 2019, Chemonics’ president and CEO Susanna Mudge participated in Foreign Policy’s global women’s summit, “Her Power: Global Voices, Global Impact.” Co-hosted in partnership with the Inter-American Commission of Women of the Organization of American States, the Inter-American Task Force on Women’s Leadership, and the International Monetary Fund, the summit convened professionals…
News: Chemonics’ Senior Vice President Melissa Scudo Gasmi Discusses Private Sector Engagement at CSIS Event
On Monday, October 7, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) hosted a panel discussion on private sector engagement, titled More than a Wallet: The Role of the Private Sector in Development. The panel explored the role of the private sector in development. The event featured Chemonics’ Middle East and North Africa Senior Vice…
How Can the Development Community Best Support PEPFAR’s Transition to Local Partnerships?
This post originally appeared on Devex. We have come a long way since the initiation of the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in 2003 when millions around the world had no or very limited access to live-saving antiretroviral drugs. A decade and a half later, we are close to having the HIV…
Maximizing the Power of Climate Data by Building Trust
This post originally appeared on the SEEP blog. As the frequency and magnitude of climate-related hazards increases, these changes are affecting people’s livelihoods — particularly those of rural and vulnerable populations — more than ever. In response to this challenge, climate data can be employed in program design to foster greater resilience for livelihoods at…
3 Questions with Najib Seguya on Pay-for-Results Financing
This post originally appeared on Marketlinks. Najib Seguya of the Feed the Future Uganda Youth Leadership in Agriculture (YLA) activity’s Strategic Activities Fund team discusses key considerations to keep in mind when designing a pay-for-results (PfR) program, also known as performance-based financing. Alex Tekakwo, Anthony Nyende, and Sara Tohamy also contributed to this interview. 1.…
News: Chemonics Recognized as Industry Innovators for Second Year in a Row
The Government Innovation Awards, presented by Federal Computer Week, Government Computer News, Washington Technology, and Defense Systems, showcases the best examples of innovation in government IT. This year, Chemonics earned recognition under the industry innovators category for its contributions and leadership to advance the private sector’s vital role in the government IT community. The award…
Women’s Groups Leading the Way Towards Self-Reliance in Mali
On a recent visit to a rural village in Dioila district, part of the Koulikoro region in Mali, I met with the local women’s group to discuss how to promote family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) and how to increase access to these services in their community. There, surrounded by more than 100 volunteers who…