By reducing barriers to competition, strengthening legal frameworks, and promoting transparent business practices, Chemonics cultivates business climates that enable economic growth. Our approach focuses on reducing risk, lowering the costs of doing business, and creating a confidence-inspiring investment climate. Partnering with host-country governments, we streamline business procedures, encourage operational transparency, increase competition, and develop efficient tax and customs processes. Our programs improve business regulations to decrease transaction costs, strengthen investment and help businesses succeed by increasing the ease of doing business. We build collaborative partnerships with government counterparts, and contribute to improving countries’ World Bank Doing Business Rankings, benefitting individuals, businesses and countries at-large. The resulting enabling environment improvements lead to increased investments, job creation, and business growth around the world.
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Growing Uganda’s Investment Ecosystem
The USAID Uganda Strategic Investment Activity strives to improve the livelihoods of underrepresented and marginalized people by accelerating private investment in the country’s agriculture, health, and energy sectors.
Promoting Innovation Through New Technologies in Moldova
The USAID Moldova Future Technologies Activity (FTA) builds upon 15 years of work in economic competitiveness by connecting local innovative sectors to global markets.
Addressing Instability Through Inclusive, Community-Based Development
The Iraq Durable Communities and Economic Opportunities activity mitigates instability by promoting inclusive community development, generating employment opportunities, and promoting business entrepreneurship.
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.
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.
Generating Jobs and Growth in Tunisia
Economic and political stability in Tunisia hinges on sustainable employment opportunities.
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.
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.
Promoting Private Sector Employment in Lebanon
A stronger business environment for private enterprises in Lebanon will help increase employment opportunities for Lebanese citizens.
A Stronger Private Sector in Pakistan
Socioeconomic stabilization of vulnerable areas in Pakistan is of strategic interest and an urgent priority of the U.S. government.
Elevating Pakistan’s Enterprises
With structured financial and business support, small- and medium-sized enterprises in Pakistan are reaching their full potential.
Improving Moldova’s Economy Through Business Reforms
With assistance, Moldova has made significant reforms that support businesses and enhance the country’s economy.
Accelerating Investment in Sri Lanka’s Future
Weak governmental and business systems have consistently placed Sri Lanka at the bottom of many of the World Bank’s Doing Business indicators and limited foreign investment in the country.
Fostering Economic Growth in Mongolia
Mongolia is working to build its economy, and one area it has focused on strengthening is the private sector.
Contributing to Growth and Resilience in Georgia
From armed conflict to civil unrest to transport obstructions, Georgia has faced numerous obstacles to economic growth and now aims to create a stronger business environment.
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…
Voices from Our Projects: Critical Skills for Private Sector Engagement
This blog post is the second in a series on private sector engagement. Check out our previous blog here. You’re starting up a new project. Perhaps it’s focused on environmental protection, or anticorruption, or at-risk youth. In any case, you know that the private sector will be a critical partner for achieving your objectives sustainably.…
3 Lessons for Empowering Youth to Drive Sustainable Change Through Innovation
Join UNLEASH and Chemonics during the closing event of the upcoming Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit on October 29 at 10:15 a.m. EDT to observe our innovation skills-building session with youth attendees and listen to testimonials about how targeted investment in youth has led to sustainable development outcomes. Currently, half of the world’s population is…
Creativity and Innovation During a Global Crisis
The full implications of the COVID-19 pandemic are yet to be determined, but it has disrupted nearly every aspect of socioeconomic activity at a breadth and scale not seen in modern memory. Now activities that once seemed routine — school, work, travel, errands, and social gatherings —present serious health risks, and the resulting lockdown is…
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…
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,…
3 Questions with Roula Moussa on Private Sector Engagement in Lebanon
Roula Moussa is the CEO and founder of Netways. In 2017, she created DiasporaID, a digital platform that connects and promotes collaboration among Lebanese diaspora communities worldwide. As a partner under the USAID Asia and Middle East Economic Growth Best Practices (AMEG) program, Roula shares her experience pitching and scaling DiasporaID to USAID and recommends…
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.…
Development Works Here with Razan Quossous
We’d like you to meet Razan Quossous! Razan is an economic growth expert with 20 years of experience, including private sector development and increasing access to finance. Now the business enabling environment component leader for a tourism project in Jordan, Razan shares her insights on how development work can spur economic growth to improve lives.…
Coding ‘Thinking and Working Politically’ into a Project’s DNA
For decades, the international development community has struggled to prove its effectiveness by ensuring that programs deliver politically viable solutions that respond to locally led processes. Guaranteeing these principles is a shared responsibility between donors and implementers. While donors need to shed the straitjackets of untested theories of change, pre-established project activities, and onerous reporting…
News: Chemonics Gears Up for Major Conferences
As the development community continues working towards the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we look to the global economy to advance our efforts. We know that we will not achieve many of the SDGs without increasing employment opportunities for the world’s population, especially women and youth. How are we responding to the growing demand for…
Equipping for Expected and…Unexpected Outcomes: The Convergence of Economic Growth and Governance
Sustainable development requires attention to the multiple dimensions of economic, political, and social complexities, all of which interconnect. We know from our own experience that economic growth leads to changes in society and, thereby, corresponding changes in the relationships among government, private sector, social structures, and institutions. For example, increased international trade is likely to…
News: Four Innovations for Market Systems and Youth Enterprise Development
Identifying solutions that work is a fundamental challenge in international development. To uncover effective approaches, Chemonics held the Market Systems and Youth Enterprise Development Innovation Contest in February and March 2018. The goal of the contest was to find inclusive, adaptable, and sustainable models of market systems development and youth enterprise development. Entries were judged…
News: Chemonics Helps Foster Economic Opportunity at the India-Afghanistan Trade and Investment Show
New Delhi, India: Beginning Wednesday, September 27, the Passage to Prosperity: India-Afghanistan Trade and Investment Show will bring together more than 1,000 public and private sector participants for a three-day trade and investment event. The purpose of the trade show is to support Afghan producers in expanding their exports to Indian markets. Creating opportunities for Afghan products…
News: Chemonics’ E-Payment Activities in Afghanistan
After decades of war, Afghanistan continues to raise headlines questioning the effectiveness and value of providing development assistance in such a conflict-prone country. It is easy to focus on the negative headlines and criticisms. Yet while there are challenges, there are also successes that prove why these investments matter. The Afghanistan Trade and Revenue (ATAR)…
Tourism Can Be an Engine of Economic Growth — If It’s Done Right
Tourism is an industry with the capability to transform international development. Tourism is the largest service industry globally, accounting for nearly 10 percent of global GDP. Nearly 293 million jobs, or one in eleven jobs around the world, are within the tourism sector. Tourism is currently featured in three of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),…
3 Questions with Tracy Shanks: Lighting the Investment Spark
You’ve had experience stimulating investment in different countries, from Paraguay to Palestine. What are some ways that you’ve attracted investors in your career? I’ve been able to work directly with businesses to attract investment on a few different projects, and this is frequently one of my favorite project components. For example, both the USAID Poverty…
Building a Stronger Business Case for Resiliency Planning in Asia
The landmark 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) Paris Agreement recognized the need for a multi-pronged approach to reach the ambitious development goals set by 195 countries, 34 of which are in Asia. With one-third of the world’s total population, Asia is increasingly vulnerable to climate change due to its low-lying, heavily populated coastlines and dependency…
Why Electronic Payments Will Support Inclusive Growth in the Philippines
People often give me puzzled looks when I try to describe my job here, and I don’t blame them. Since 2015 I have worked on an international development program that supports the Philippines’ shift from a cash-based economy to a cash-light economy, which will improve the livelihoods of Filipinos by getting more people involved in…
Doing Business as a Tool for Economic Reform
The World Bank Doing Business report The World Bank’s Doing Business report is an objective and comparative assessment that measures how easy it is to start, run, and grow a business. For example, the report measures the time and cost it takes to register a business, get electricity, and enforce contracts. For over a decade,…
Market Development at the Nexus between Public and Private Sectors
The Sustainable Development Goals established an agenda for transforming the world in which we live. SDG1 sets for the ultimate objective for the global community: to end poverty in all of its forms by 2030. The remaining 16 SDGs identify critically interlinked objectives which are both necessary and sufficient to achieve this objective. They clearly…
Paving the Way for Business
Since the mid-2000’s, Georgia has achieved significant gains in business enabling environment reforms. How has PMCG transferred that experience to its clients? Serving as the Minister of Finance (2005-2007) and Minister of Economic Development (2004-2005), I, together with the government team supported by international development partner institutions (specifically with the USAID Business Climate Reform in Georgia…
Chemonics Supports Doing Business
The World Bank Doing Business report is a tool that is used by the public and private sectors to determine the opportunities and challenges of doing business in various countries. The 10 key indicators tracked by the report comprise one of the measurement tools used by Chemonics projects seeking to improve the business enabling environment…