Beginning in 1993 after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Chemonics began work in Europe and Eurasia, partnering with local governments and institutions to promote strong business environments, good governance practices, and sustainable education programs for adults and children. The bedrock of our work in the region is lasting local partnerships that will continue to serve the needs of local citizens long after projects close. Our Europe and Eurasia portfolio is managed by one regional business unit.
Europe and Eurasia.
The ingredients were all there: a skilled workforce, a creative entrepreneur, and a USAID project providing technical advice. In Moldova, it was the precise recipe for success.
Farming Communities in Georgia
The USAID New Economic Opportunities project provided emergency relief to Georgian farmers affected by severe hailstorms and flooding . The project provided aid through animal feeding blocks, seedlings, and structure rehabilitation.
Lettuce Production & Distribution
The USAID New Economic Opportunities (NEO) program provided Georgian farmers with the tools needed to produce lettuce year-round, improving economic opportunities for farmers and a reduced dependency on imports nationally.
Berry Production in Bosnia
With assistance from the USAID and Sida joint Fostering Agriculture Markets Activity project, Amra Ugarak was able to start a berry production business and provide a better life for her family in Bosnia.
Justice for Adolat
One of the most effective ways to improve family incomes in the developing world is to empower women. See how one USAID project is helping tens of thousands of women in Central Asia in their fight for a better future.
Interview with Eduard Shermadini
New Economic Opportunities' agricultural value chain initiatives along administrative boundary lines in Georgia can foster rural development and create local jobs.
Giorgi Topuria: Poultry Farmer
With the help of a poultry livelihood package from New Economic Opportunities, Giorgi Topuria was able to start his own business raising poultry and earn money to continue his education.
Rural and Urban Food Security
Ahead of the 2017 Cracking the Nut Conference, Agriculture and Food Security Practice Director Rob Henning explores the difference between rural and urban food security.
She was once the victim of injustice. Now she is using what she learned to spare other women the same fate in Central Asia.
School Based Management
The USAID Education Management Project helped the Georgian education center achieve its ambitious reform goals by increasing education management capacity and improving financial and administrative policies.
Nona Kavartskhelia: Hairdresser in Georgia
After completing a New Economic Opportunities-supported course in hairdressing in Georgia, Nona Kavartskhelia was able to find a job with a beauty salon in Kutaisi.
Nana Pipia: Head of the Strawberry Association
New Economic Opportunities grant funds helped a Georgian strawberry farming association adopt modern production practices and expand their operations.
The Story Behind the Story
Becaues most farms in Bosnia and Herzegovina are relatively small, limiting production and the amount of money farmers can earn, USAID Fostering Agricultural Market Development Activity encouraged the planting of more high value crops.
The Georgia HICD Model
This video introduces USAID's Human and Institutional Capacity Development model, which improves the performance of Georgian institutions.
Tesanj Dairy Association
The USAID and Sida joint Fostering Agriculture Markets Activity project connected the Tešanj-Usora Women’s Agricultural Association with new skills and technologies to improve the quality and quantity of their dairy products.
TB and HIV Co-management
In Ukraine, fighting HIV means fighting the threat of co-infection with tuberculosis. A USAID-funded program worked with health providers to improve detection and treatment of tuberculosis and enhance patient outcomes
Medical Workers Combatting TB
Learn how the USAID Strengthening Tuberculosis Control in Ukraine project addressed high rates of TB by developing a cascade training program to strengthen medical workers’ ability to treat and prevent the disease.
Linkages Between Producers and Markets
USAID Advancing Kosovo Together helps build local economies. For one man, raspberry seedlings provided through a municipal program helped him solidify his career as a raspberry supplier in the area.
Learning Environments in Kosovo
From building a playground to installing a heating system, USAID Advancing Kosovo Together enhanced a school’s facilities in order to create a productive and safe learning environment that fosters inter-ethnic relationship building.
Sprouting Opportunities in Rural Ukraine
Economic opportunities are cropping up for agricultural businesses in rural Ukraine.
Toward a More Competitive Economy in Ukraine
Through a broad-based economy and the ability to compete in international markets, Ukraine is on a path to increased economic power and political independence.
Closing Economic and Community Divides in Pankisi
Connecting the people of Georgia’s Pankisi Valley to one another and to neighboring regions will build social cohesion, create economic opportunity, and make the region more resistant to tension.
Promoting Unity in Ukraine
Divisive pressures undermine political unity in Ukraine, particularly in eastern regions. Connecting citizens with their government can help.
Promoting National Cohesion in Ukraine
Amid a sociopolitical crisis, Ukraine and its conflict-affected eastern region needed to advance its transition to a prosperous and democratic state.
Increasing Confidence in Ukraine’s Democratic Transition
With Ukraine’s historic democratic transition underway, vulnerable communities in eastern Ukraine need greater confidence in the government, its people, and the country’s European future.
Establishing a Land Market in Tajikistan
Tajikistan is pursuing its next stage in land reform: establishing a land market to ensure the orderly transfer of land rights.
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.
Assisting Armenia’s Elderly Population Through Pension Reform
Armenia is taking steps to improve social and economic protections for its elderly citizens.
Fighting Tuberculosis in Ukraine
In an effort to lower the extremely high rate of tuberculosis infection among its citizens, Ukraine is strengthening its health care system’s ability to detect, treat, and prevent the illness.
Strengthening Interethnic Cooperation in Kosovo
Kosovo Serbs and other minority populations must be further integrated into the country’s institutions and society to help the country become more stable.
Building Economic Opportunities in Georgia
By focusing on economic development in rural communities, Georgia was able to reduce poverty levels and improve food security for thousands of people.
Supporting Economic Development in Serbia
Serbia improved its economy by strengthening local economic administrative processes and by encouraging citizens to participate more actively in economic affairs.
Energizing Farming and Agribusiness in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Aiming to enter the European Union, Bosnia and Herzegovina must improve the economic value of the agriculture sector.
Reducing Barriers to Trade in Central Asia
Poised outside large Asian and Middle Eastern markets, Central Asian countries need assistance to negotiate and overcome constraints on trade and facilitate trade across borders.
Improving Moldova’s Economy Through Business Reforms
With assistance, Moldova has made significant reforms that support businesses and enhance the country’s economy.
Strengthening Institutions in Georgia
Institutions in Georgia need strategic support if they are to play an important role in implementing the government’s reform program.
Strengthening Civil Society Organizations in Azerbaijan
In Azerbaijan, civil society organizations (CSOs) needed significant support to achieve their goals of strengthening democratic and governance processes, improving health, and promoting economic growth.
Assisting Farmers in Tajikistan
In Tajikistan, agrarian reform and the promotion of land rights for citizens have given farmers better control over their livelihoods and increased productivity of the agriculture sector.
Securing Her Land Rights in Tajikistan
With one project’s support, 25-year-old farm owner Salomat Chorieva overcame social and administrative barriers to land registration in Tajikistan, taking ownership of her rights.
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.
Building a One-Stop Pension Shop in Armenia
To support an effective and trustworthy e-pension system, the Armenian government has trained civil servants and created an outreach plan to educate the public.
Strengthening Children’s Rights Guarantees in Ukraine
Increasing the professional competency of judges and attorneys who handle juvenile delinquency cases is changing the way children are treated in Ukraine’s justice system.
Tackling Ukraine’s Tuberculosis Crisis
Improved diagnostic technology is transforming how the Odesa Oblast region of Ukraine tackles its growing rate of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.
Three Keys to Ukraine’s TB Challenge
Dr. Kartlos Kankadze offers three interventions that could help Ukraine manage its TB burden, an issue of growing concern with a rise in multidrug-resistant TB and HIV co-infection.
An Opportunity to Thrive in Georgia
From karate studios to greenhouses, rural Georgians have taken advantage of an opportunity to launch new careers and expand their businesses.
A Fruitful Future
With hands-on training that teaches local farmers modern techniques, a Georgian fruit association is jump-starting strawberry production and distribution in the Samegrelo region.
Cheese Producers Find Recipe for Success in Bosnia and Herzegovina
FARMA has helped cheese producers in Bosnia and Herzegovina expand their businesses and win international recognition, improving incomes for dairy farmers.
Empowering Women in Business
Starting with a small plot of unused land, Amra Ugarak has become one of the most productive raspberry farmers in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Accessing Her Rights
Female farmers in Tajikistan are taking advantage of changes in the law to create their own private farms, with the support of Chemonics and USAID.
Empowering Farmers, Improving Food Security in Tajikistan
Recent legislation and trainings in Tajikistan are teaching local officials how to implement land reform and helping farmers to protect their property rights.
A Relentless Champion for Land Rights in Tajikistan
In Tajikistan, where individuals often struggle to exercise their land rights, Gulbahor Rajabova has helped countless female farmers take legal action and protect their economic well-being.
Lead with Data: A Practical Tool to Design and Implement Market Systems Programming
This blog post originally appeared on the Market Systems Development Hub. Focusing Project Design on MSD The facilitative, systems approach required for market systems development (MSD) is not always intuitive to project staff. Those accustomed to working on traditional development programming have focused on training for beneficiaries, and those coming from the private sector have…
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…
Three Models that Ensure Private Sector Engagement
This post originally appeared on Devex. Donor agencies, such as the United States Agency for International Development and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, have made private sector engagement, or PSE, a key element of their development strategies. Being more intentional about including the private sector in development is good news. Over the years,…
News: Chemonics Releases SHEA Prevention and Response Toolkit
Chemonics has launched a Sexual Harassment, Exploitation, and Abuse (SHEA) Prevention and Response Toolkit to help the development community protect people from sexual assault and to engage organizations in working and learning together to share best practice and important lessons in SHEA. The free, open-access toolkit provides organizations with a step-by-step guide on how to…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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: 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…
Building the Tech Workforce through Private Sector Engagement
Many countries find themselves facing “brain drain” — mass exodus of bright young minds seeking greater opportunities for employment abroad. In the small European country Moldova, for instance, one third of the population has left to find living wages elsewhere. Fortunately, engaging the private sector in technology-related workforce development projects offers a sustainable, market-based solution.…
3 Questions with Cynthia Steen on Transforming Moldova’s Agriculture Sector
Cynthia Steen serves as chief of party of the USAID Moldova High Value Agriculture Activity (HVAA) and has previously led agribusiness and enterprise development projects in multiple countries, including Egypt, Albania, Jamaica, Lebanon, Ethiopia, and Indonesia. HVAA is successfully demonstrating production, post-harvest, and marketing techniques to make Moldova a more competitive exporter, creating sustainable opportunities…
News: Innovation, Technology, and Advancing the SDGs at ICT4D 2019
Digital technology has had a profound impact on global development across sectors and in many parts of the world. From April 30 to May 3, public, private, and civil society organizations from more than 80 countries will convene for the 2019 Information and Communications Technology for Development (ICT4D) Conference in Kampala, Uganda. Now in its…
We Have the Tools to Reach “Zero Malaria” in Pregnancy
Malaria is a silent killer and a health risk for many around the world. It causes about half a million deaths each year, with over 90 percent of those occurring in sub-Saharan Africa alone. As the third most common cause of death in women of reproductive age in Africa, malaria poses increased risk for pregnant…
News: Chemonics Tackles High-Priority Global Education Issues at CIES 2019
From April 15 to April 18, Chemonics will present at the 2019 Annual Conference of the Comparative & International Education Society (CIES) in San Francisco, California. The conference convenes thousands of researchers, students, practitioners, and policymakers from around the globe to discuss high-priority education issues. In their presentations at CIES, Chemonics’ education specialists will tackle…
News: Moldova Competitiveness Project Selected as Digital Development Award Winner
From the Peruvian Amazon to the vineyards of Moldova, digital technology has the power to stimulate economic growth, protect public health, promote stability, and lift millions out of poverty. The development sector has increasingly embraced this potential. The Digital Development Awards, presented by USAID, recognize agency projects and activities that model innovative application of digital…
Sequencing for Success in Blended Finance Solutions
For emerging markets, blended finance is the new cool kid on the block. It’s a tool that facilitates access to finance around the world, and it’s gaining momentum with the international development community. While articles discussing blended finance abound, development practitioners increasingly seek specific information about how to “do” blended finance. Chemonics and LixCap know…
Experiential Learning for the 21st Century Workforce: Reflections from the Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit
Interning with the Economic Growth and Trade Practice at Chemonics for the past four months has dramatically enhanced my understanding of international development, a sector in which I had little prior experience. By integrating with a team of hardworking and mission-oriented individuals, I have refined both the soft interpersonal skills and hard technical skills necessary…
Tracking Distortions Versus Designing for Disruption
This post originally appeared on the SEEP Network. What is the difference between a market distortion and a market disruption, and do we need to track data differently in these contexts? These are the fundamental questions that panelists at the 2018 SEEP Annual Conference session, M&E for Markets: Building Evidence, Tracking Distortions, and Measuring Success tried to answer. In…