Beginning with a focus on agricultural development, Chemonics now has a wide array of projects in Latin America and the Caribbean. We are working with local partners to protect forests and biodiversity, promote fair and equitable economic growth, alleviate poverty and food insecurity, and encourage financial sector reform. In Haiti, for instance, we continue to support rebuilding from the 2010 earthquake and investing in agriculture and other key sectors to improve livelihoods. Our project portfolio in Latin America and the Caribbean is managed by two regional business units — Latin America and the Caribbean, and West and Central Africa and Haiti.
Latin America and the Caribbean.
More than 200 organizations make up ASOLIPNAR, an Afro-Colombian organization led by women in Colombia. Many members represent social or ethnic minorities, and all are committed to improving their communities in the face of conflict.
Youth in Conflict-Affected Areas
The USAID Human Rights Activity increases the capacity of governments and local organizations to promote human rights and protect vulnerable populations. Chief of Party Kelly Brooks shares insights on youth development in Colombia.
A Mother’s Wish
Because there are few job opportunities in northern El Salvador, many people leave the country to work elsewhere. A new project is keeping families together by creating new job opportunities at home.
Agricultural Innovation in Haiti
Following the Association for International Agriculture & Rural Development's #AIARD53 Conference, Jean-Robert Estimé explores the innovations with the greatest potential to transform agriculture in Haiti.
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.
Too Much, Too Little
On one of the biggest humanitarian projects ever launched in Haiti, USAID is helping the country deal with climate extremes, saving countless lives and precious farmland.
Producer Associations in Colombia
Responding to the violence and instability brought by coca cultivation, associations in Anorí, Colombia created a plan to return to responsible farming, resulting in an improved economy, reduced violence, and an empowered community.
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.
Supporting the Peruvian Government to Promote Alternatives to Coca
Peru is making significant strides in reducing coca production in rural communities. Yet, solidifying these gains and helping increase effective state presence and viable economic opportunities is still a major challenge.
Mitigating Climate Change in Colombia
With progressive policies and private sector and community engagement, Colombia is turning its international greenhouse gas emissions reduction commitments into action.
Conserving Guatemala’s Ecosystems with Good Governance
Guatemala’s rich – yet fragile – ecosystems must be safeguarded through strong environmental governance to improve livelihoods.
Stronger Book Supply Chains for Honduran Schools
With schools able to access more reading materials through a stronger supply chain, students in Honduras are benefiting from higher-quality education.
Restoring Forests in Northern Haiti
In Northern Haiti, deforestation and mangrove loss are putting communities, conservation efforts, and environmental governance at risk.
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.
Creating A Safer Honduras
To reduce crime and violence in Honduras, communities need resources and governmental support that ensure citizen security in the areas of greatest need.
Sustainable Energy Solutions for Haiti
Approximately 90 percent of Haitian household energy needs are met by firewood and charcoal, a dependence that is detrimental to the environment and people’s health.
Creating Economic Growth in Haiti
Investing in Haiti's agriculture sector helped to modernize agriculture, reduce flooding threats, and create strong linkages between farmer organizations and private enterprises.
Helping To Conserve the Peruvian Amazon
With deforestation threatening the Peruvian Amazon and communities that rely on forest-based employment, forest management must be improved.
A Roadmap for Conservation in Colombia
With its peace accord underway, the government of Colombia is pursuing conservation and sustainable rural development goals that will help achieve stability and lasting peace.
Ensuring Sustainable Peace in Colombia
An effective, inclusive, and responsive justice system is essential to Colombia’s peace process, especially in conflict-affected regions.
Protecting Human Rights in Colombia
The government of Colombia and its civil society organizations needed support to develop policies and practices that increase human rights protections.
Smart Innovations to Protect the Environment in Colombia
In Colombia, the government, local communities, and the private sector have collaborated to mitigate climate change and conserve biodiversity.
Supporting Water Sector Programs Around the World
USAID missions and country partners often require quick-response technical assistance to plan, design, and implement water sector programs.
Fostering the Growth of Salvadoran Small and Medium Enterprises
Employing more than one-third of El Salvador’s workforce, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) play a critical role in the country’s economic stability.
Strengthening Haiti’s Judicial System
An independent, credible, and effective judicial system will go a long way toward creating and preserving stability in Haiti.
Transparency in Finance
A dependable network infrastructure in Haiti would mean more reliable financial management and a more transparent government.
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.
Protecting the Peruvian Amazon
Through innovative mobile technology, Peru is combating the economic and environmental costs of illegal logging.
Women Empowering Women to Overcome Gender-Based Violence in Colombia
With a participatory strategy that positions women as agents of change, USAID and Chemonics are helping victims of gender-based violence reclaim their voices, lives, and rights in one of Colombia’s poorest, most violent cities.
Creating Shared Value: An Interview with Gran Colombia Gold
Through USAID’s BioREDD+ project, Chemonics partnered with mining company Gran Colombia Gold to reduce illegal mining and improve the livelihoods of small miners in Colombia.
Compensating Communities in Colombia for Forest Stewardship
Colombians are conserving their local environment to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, while earning revenue for their communities.
Leading Innovative Imaging
The Colombian government is piloting an innovative approach to imaging technology to better conserve forests and build local livelihoods.
Helping Small Businesses Grow in El Salvador
Micro- and small enterprises are receiving training to expand their businesses, thanks to a new international partnership.
Preventing Culture from Eating Your Strategy
This blog post has been adapted from an article in Journal of Social Science & Medicine – Population Health. If you’ve worked in development for long enough, at some point you’ve scratched your head about why a technically sound strategy achieved less than expected results. As the old business adage goes, “Culture eats strategy for…
Building a Financial Services Market Where There Wasn’t One
Emerging economies such as Colombia, Philippines, and South Africa offer sophisticated financial sectors that historically failed to reach marginalized groups. In Colombia specifically, this left rural areas largely unbanked and excluded from the broader economy, after decades of war. In four years, USAID/Colombia’s Rural Finance Initiative (RFI) — implemented by Chemonics — has linked more…
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,…
3 Questions with Juan Felipe Sanchez Franco
During the past two years, the USAID Honduras Quality Reading Materials Activity (QRMA) Project worked with the Ministry of Education to acquire, print, and distribute more than 3 million teaching and learning materials. Chief of Party Juan Felipe Sanchez Franco offers some insight about the project’s successful collaboration with the ministry and other stakeholders. How did partnerships…
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…
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,…
Our Shared Responsibility: Combatting Sexual Violence through Prevention and Response
A recent study conducted in the United States found that 81 percent of women and 41 percent of men have experienced some form of sexual harassment or abuse in their lifetime. While limited data makes it difficult to quantify the global scale of sexual violence, stories of street and workplace harassment across the world are…
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…
Building Bridges Between Financial Institutions and Rural Communities in Post-Conflict Regions
This article originally appeared on the SEEP Network’s blog. In a large city, it probably would take you less than five minutes to find an ATM. In a small town, however, finding an ATM can be much more challenging. Imagine that you live in a small town torn by decades of armed conflict, and like…
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…
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…
News: HRH2030’s Colombia Activity Wins USAID CLA Case Competition
This post was adapted from a story that originally appeared on the USAID HRH2030 program’s website. Effective partnerships allow stakeholders to apply lessons learned and adapt methodologies to meet the needs of beneficiaries. In Colombia, the Human Resources for Health in 2030 Program (HRH2030) is partnering with local organizations to learn from the country’s social…
Using Civic Justice to Disrupt Cycles of Violence: Lessons Learned from Mexico
Last month in Morelia, Michoacán in Mexico, a woman returned to her vehicle to find she was being ticketed by a police officer for parking in a no parking zone. She became verbally aggressive towards the officer, pushed him, and accused him of distributing tickets only to collect bribes. Three years ago, Morelia authorities would…
3 Questions with Todd Diamond on Countering Violent Extremism and Preventing Gang Violence
This post was adapted from an interview between Elisabeth Dallas, Chemonics’ Peace, Stability and Transition Practice director, and Todd Diamond, a conflict, stability, and security director in Chemonics’ U.K. Division. For the full interview, watch the video below. How are violent extremism and gang violence — and the development community’s approaches to them — similar?…
To Respond to the Venezuelan Migration Crisis, Let’s Also Tap the Private Sector
Globally, new momentum is building for the private sector’s participation in alleviating migration crises worldwide and supporting migrants’ and refugees’ integration. From investing in migrant-owned businesses to engaging a migrant workforce or securing resources for optimal basic service delivery for migrants and host communities, private sector engagement offers unique avenues for helping to solve migration…
Joining Forces to Strengthen the Health and Social Services Systems
This post was adapted from one that originally appeared on the USAID HRH2030 program’s website. The numbers are staggering. One billion children under age 18 experience some form of physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse. With more than 2 billion children in the world, that means one child in every two is exposed to harmful situations…
Development Works Here with Alejandro Arrivillaga
We’d like you to meet Alejandro “Alex” Arrivillaga! Alex is a biologist and the deputy chief of party for the USAID Guatemala Biodiversity Project. He shares some of the insight he’s gained over the course of his 25-year career working with communities to develop shared solutions for biodiversity conservation. Alex is one reason #DevelopmentWorksHere. 1.…