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.
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Success Story from Bokhtar, Tajikistan
In Tajikistan, USAID distributed 600 Braille books to specialized schools and classes in 2020. Thanks to USAID, now children with low vision have access to Braille books and more opportunities to read.
Improving Competitiveness of Furniture Manufacturers in Ukraine
A grant from the Competitive Economy Program allowed Ukrainian furniture manufacturer in Bila Tserkva — who was forced to relocate due to the ongoing conflict — to increase independence and improve cost efficiency.
The First Land Auction in Tajikistan
USAID helps Tajikistan reach a key milestone on its journey to self-reliance. The first land auction on the leasing of agricultural lands emphasizes the importance of the new procedures for transparent and easy access to lands.
Drone Technology for Land Surveying in Tajikistan
USAID, through its Feed the Future Tajikistan Land Market Development Activity, has introduced an innovative land survey technology using drone land mapping that will revolutionize the way land surveyors digitize maps.
Supplying Safe Water to Rural Tajikistan
Better water supply and resource management in Tajikistan can improve the health and resilience of rural communities.
Promoting Quality Education in Tajikistan
The Learn Together Activity (LTA) is a five-year project which aims to improve Tajik primary students learning skills, with a focus on improving reading comprehension, critical thinking skills, and mathematics.
Developing Sustainable Tourism in Bosnia and Herzegovina
A comprehensive approach to tourism can improve Bosnia and Herzegovina’s economy and foster social harmony.
Sowing Stronger Markets in Kyrgyzstan
With stronger markets in place, Kyrgyzstan’s agricultural-led economy can flourish.
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.
Playing Matchmaker for Farmers and Buyers in Georgia
Georgian farmers struggled to sell crops to large-scale buyers. But a new matchmaking app connects farmers to buyers in the hospitality industry for bountiful results.
Summer of Reading in Tajikistan
In Tajikistan, summer camps help children improve their reading skills through friendship, spirited competition, and involving parents.
Empowered to Thrive in Tajikistan
The success of female farmers in Tajikistan starts with a culture of collaborating, learning, and adapting.
A Dairy Revival in Ukraine
With enhanced access to laboratory, veterinary, and education services, Ukraine’s smallholder dairy farmers are elevating the quality of their products and tapping new markets.
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.
Causing a Stir in Georgia
What if traditional family recipes could help catalyze broad-based economic growth and resilience?
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.
A Roadmap to Reform
In Kosovo and Vietnam, the World Bank’s Doing Business Report is providing a framework that helps governments reshape the private sector’s role in advocating for and promoting economic growth.
Opening Doors for Students in Georgia
Primary school teachers across Georgia are learning new ways to teach reading and math, opening doors for their students’ futures.
The Science of Stories
Children’s literature can spark a lifetime of reading and learning. In Georgia, Chemonics and USAID are using groundbreaking software to fine-tune hundreds of children’s stories and put students on the path to success.
Judging Justly: Ukraine’s Journey toward Judicial Reform
A judicial reform effort in Ukraine has built the foundation for a more accountable, transparent judiciary and restored public trust in government institutions.
The Nuts and Bolts of STEM in Moldova
As they are introduced to educational robotics in the classroom, youth in Moldova are inspired to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.
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.
Teaching Modern Methods in Tajikistan
Farmers in Tajikistan are improving their livelihoods by learning about and applying modern agricultural methods to their fruit orchards.
Involving Local Communities in Kosovo’s Spatial Planning Efforts
With a new law in place, citizens in Kosovo are finding more opportunities to participate in discussions on how public spaces are designed and used.
News: Chemonics Joins CIES 2021 to Discuss Pressing Global Education Issues
From April 25 to May 2, Chemonics will join the global education community at the 2021 Virtual Annual Conference of the Comparative & International Education Society (CIES 2021) to present and share lessons from implementation and discuss high-priority education issues. Chemonics’ specialists will present on a range of topics facing the education community, including approaches…
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.…
Digitizing the Agricultural Value Chain
This post originally appeared on MarketLinks. Over the past few decades, we’ve all heard variations of the same refrain: the future is digital. However, digital’s promise is hard to realize in many contexts given the technology infrastructure required for success. This goes beyond broadband internet availability and access to include cultural norms and other factors…
News: Chemonics Welcomes New Senior Vice President
Chemonics is pleased to announce Tetyana Dudka as the new senior vice president of its Europe and Eurasia regional business unit. Ms. Dudka is an accomplished project management advisor, economic growth expert, and international development professional with more than 20 years of experience designing, leading, and supporting successful programs in Europe and Eurasia. Her work…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Facilitating Gender Equitable Policy Reform: Four Principles
Policy reform and implementation are always a challenge for donors and implementing partners. In transitional states, this process is even more complicated by shifting incentives and priorities. A facilitative approach can overcome these challenges. We have witnessed this in Afghanistan, where the right balance of coordination and direct technical assistance is accelerating reforms to promote…
Drones Present Modern Solution for Heritage Wine Industry
With nearly 150,000 hectares of vineyards, the small nation of Moldova has one of the largest densities of vineyards in the world. Here, the wine industry is a cultural touchstone with a history stretching back thousands of years. It forms the backbone of the rural economy, providing income for more than 250,000 people and more…
News: USAID and Chemonics Selected as Government Innovation Awards Winners
Chemonics updated this story on September 9, 2019. The transformative power of information technology (IT) infiltrates the day-to-day lives of people around the world — from the once-remote communities who now embrace social media to the youth who were excluded from finance but are now using mobile money. Across geographical borders and technical sectors, IT…
Supporting Healthy Digital Platform Competition in the Georgian Agriculture Market
This post originally appeared on ICTworks. When working in international markets, there is one golden rule to ensure sustainability: make sure your interventions do not distort markets. In small markets, such as Georgia, a country with less than 4 million people, 50 percent of which are self-employed in the agriculture industry, this is especially important. Laying…
Can Robotics Curb Brain Drain in Moldova?
This activity was one of four winners of Chemonics’ recent Market Systems and Youth Enterprise Development Innovation Contest within the youth enterprise track. This post originally appeared on Marketlinks. When thousands of youth are migrating abroad to seek better employment opportunities, how do you provide a viable economic alternative to encourage them to stay, develop their skills,…
News: Global Health Supply Chain Program Maintains Strong On-Time Delivery Performance
The USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program – Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project recently published a report that covers the second quarter of FY2018 (January – March 2018). The report outlines the impact the project has had in 60 countries around the globe. On the crucial metric of on-time delivery (OTD) of lifesaving health…