At Chemonics, we believe that the challenges we face today are best solved through the right partnerships – sharing knowledge, expertise, and experience to deliver results. From our decades of experience working in more than 150 countries around the world, we know that effective governance and accountable institutions are critical to alleviating poverty and achieving sustainable results in all sectors. So we partner with governments, civil society organizations (CSOs), the independent media, and local communities to strengthen democratic governance systems. We help prevent crime and violence in Mexico by improving government capacity at the federal, state, and municipal levels. And we ensure governance participation of women, people with disabilities, and youth in Nigeria. Our programs pursue a higher standard of transparency and accountability of leaders and institutions, and they protect and promote universal human rights.
Democracy and Governance.
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.
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.
Women of the Palestinian Authority
Between 2005 and 2011, there was a large increase in the number of women taking leadership roles in the Palestinian Authority. Learn about how USAID training helped them further develop their skills.
She was once the victim of injustice. Now she is using what she learned to spare other women the same fate in Central Asia.
Freedom, Rights, and Custody
Following a rocky marriage, Neema went to Women in Law and Development in Africa, a grantee of USAID’s Pamoia Twajenga project. With their legal assistance, Neema was able to claim her freedom and regain custody of her children.
Thinking and Working Politically
Panelists discuss how donors and project implementers can support politically savvy interventions to better respond to dynamic local contexts and sector-specific outcomes.
Empowering Colombian Women
The Mobile School empowers women in Cauca as political and social organization leaders — training them on topics such as democracy, peace, and women’s rights. Women then replicate the training with others in their own communities.
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.
The Long Road to Maternal Health Access
The Tanzania Council for Social Development helped citizens advocate for a local maternity ward in Kibaigwa, Tanzania.
A Duty to Protect Trees and Life
Community members in Kiwele, Tanzania have embraced their duty to protect their environment, thanks to education on natural resource management, promoted by Lawyers’ Environmental Action Team.
Designing Real-Time Advocacy Strategies
Charles Abani, Chief of Party for the USAID Nigeria Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement project, discusses the design of real-time advocacy strategies and the impact it can have on democratic reform.
Transforming Economic Governance in Vietnam
Local institutions in Vietnam must be equipped with the resources needed to maximize growth.
Stepping Up Public Accountability in Somalia
To secure debt relief, Somalia must strengthen financial oversight practices and embrace principles of accountability.
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 Unity in Ukraine
Divisive pressures undermine political unity in Ukraine, particularly in eastern regions. Connecting citizens with their government can help.
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.
Introducing the Rule of Law in Myanmar
Building a transparent and inclusive justice sector is a critical step to improving legal rights for Myanmar’s people in the wake of recent political transition.
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.
Strengthening Somali Governance
Somalia is taking steps toward re-establishing governance with effective and accountable government institutions.
Building Peace in Libya
It is important to build stability and resiliency through civic engagement and community dialogue in Libya.
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.
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.
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.
Modernizing the Sri Lankan Judicial System
As Sri Lanka transitions to a more inclusive and democratic society, its government is reinforcing principles of judicial independence, accountability, and efficiency.
Reforming the Justice System in Indonesia
Reforms to the Indonesian justice system are bringing positive changes to the Supreme Court and Attorney General’s Office.
Strengthening Municipal Governance in Jordan
Jordanian communities need innovative, sustainable ways both to improve how municipalities deliver services and to develop closer relationships between citizens and the government.
Ensuring Sustainable Peace in Colombia
An effective, inclusive, and responsive justice system is essential to Colombia’s peace process, especially in conflict-affected regions.
Strengthening Civil Society in Tanzania
In Tanzania, civil society organizations are working to make the government more responsive and accountable.
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.
The Work You May Not Know You’re Doing and How To Do It Better
Author’s Note: We drafted this blog post and scheduled it to publish before the killing of George Floyd and the ensuing protests for justice and reform. Our original intention was to highlight the importance of security sector reform (SSR) work for international development programs. We believe that the recent events in the United States related…
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,…
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…
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?…
A New Solution for Advancing Criminal Justice in Latin America
Nearly half of Latin American countries rank among the nations with the highest impunity scores worldwide, suggesting that criminal justice systems lack resources to prosecute and try crimes effectively in a context of widespread crime and violence. Yet, Latin America has the partners, the resources, and the interest to tap one promising solution to the…
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…
Development Works Here with Dzenita Kolja
We’d like you to meet Dzenita Kolja! Dzenita serves as managing director of the Audit Preparedness Unit within Chemonics’ Global Health Supply Chain Office. Once an aid beneficiary herself, she shares her development journey from Bosnia to the U.S. and what draws her to this work. Dzenita is one reason #DevelopmentWorksHere. 1. Can you tell…
Stop, Look, and Listen! Preventing Recruitment of Youth into Illicit Activities in Southern Colombia
This post originally appeared on Harvard’s Center for International Development’s Building State Capability program’s blog. The authors successfully completed the 15-week Practice of Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation online course. This is their story. As development practitioners, we tend to rush in with solutions to deal with complex problems. We impose so-called best practices without digging…
Harnessing Technology to Address Gross Human Rights Violations
For the past decade, Mexico has faced a serious human rights crisis. More than 35,000 people have gone missing since 2006, their whereabouts still unknown. The National Commission of Human Rights has documented several alarming, unlawful killings of civilians by Mexican security forces without any authorities being charged. And torture continues to be a common…
Can We Actually Think and Work Politically?
Development is not working — at least not at the scale or pace needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. This is the central, fact-based premise behind calls and movements to do development differently from host-country recipients of aid, international organizations, donors, and implementing partners. Such calls emphasize adaptive, locally-owned, problem-solving approaches to tackle chronic development challenges.…
Best of the Blog 2018
Check out our countdown to the most popular posts from 2018:* 10. Making Development Dollars Go Further By Spencer Parsons and Gabriel Gonzalez-Kreisberg It will require an extra $2.5 trillion to achieve the SDGs. Can the development community find creative ways to fill that gap? 9. How Can Countries Pay for Their Health Systems? Supply Chains Might…
Working the System: What We’ve Learned About Strengthening Accountability
When designing a new project, how often do we set out to strengthen a particular actor’s or institution’s ability to “hold government to account?” What does that mean exactly? Maybe the better question to ask is: what is the most effective way to strengthen accountability in our development work? And then, what does it look…
The Politics of Biodiversity: Two Experiences with Thinking and Working Politically
What do forest and species loss have to do with politics? A great deal, in fact. Conserving and protecting natural resources involves a complex set of power dynamics, interests, and economies — licit and illicit — that affect how a program can operate within an existing local system. Biodiversity programming must embrace a Thinking and…
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…
Empowering Women and Cultivating Equitable Governance in Afghanistan
Afghanistan ranks near the bottom of virtually every index measuring gender equality and empowerment. Women continue to struggle for basic rights, including gender parity in health care, education, economic opportunities, social inclusion, and political participation. Amidst a deteriorating security situation, political instability surrounding upcoming national elections, and economic volatility that is a product of both,…
Increasing Resiliency in the Face of Disaster: Four Best Practices
As Category 4 Hurricane Florence barreled toward the Southeast of the United States last week, preliminary damage estimates indicated 758,000 homes across three states could be impacted. Reconstruction costs were estimated at $170.2 billion. Despite the dire forecast and its associated challenges, however, the United States is one of the countries most prepared to respond…
Connecting the Dots: How the Open Government Partnership and USAID’s Journey to Self-Reliance Go Hand in Hand
The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a multilateral initiative launched in 2011 which supports countries in consulting with local civil society to develop national action plans which focus on commitments to reforms that strengthen governance by promoting transparency, empowering citizens, and fighting corruption. The annual OGP Summit in Tbilisi, Georgia, which took place on July…