At Chemonics, we believe that successful development must include the needs of everyone — especially those of the hardest to reach and the most underrepresented. So, we work to design and implement inclusive projects that recognize how people’s multiple identities and the variety of differences that shape their human experience affect program outcomes. We draw from industry expertise implementing programs that integrate gender equality and social inclusion in 150 countries around the world. Our projects consider social and cultural factors — like age, ability, geographic location, ethnic and religious identities, sexual identity, and economic status — to inform analysis, program design, implementation, and monitoring, evaluation, and learning methods. We also integrate safeguarding measures into our programs to protect people from unintended harm, such as preventing and responding to sexual harassment, exploitation, and abuse; gender-based violence; trafficking in persons; child abuse, and other forms of abuse. Our network of specialists is committed to upholding Chemonics’ global goals to advance gender equity and equality and social inclusion through our work around the world.
Gender Equality and Social Inclusion.
My Name is Tania
In Cartagena, Colombia, life can be hard, and even dangerous, for transgender people. But one activist refuses to accept the status quo. Meet Tania, a young philosophy student, who is stepping up and fighting back.
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.
Gender Mainstreaming and Integration
Experts discuss why gender mainstreaming is crucial in all stages of program planning and management.
Saving For Health
USAID’s Maximizing Agricultural Revenue and Key Enterprises in Targeted Sites worked with Nigerian NGOs to help more than 900 women increase their income and improve child nutrition.
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.
What Men Can Do, Ladies Can Do
The Feed the Future Uganda Youth Leadership for Agriculture Activity partnered with Sing With Me Happily to train 108 female youth in tractor operations and help them find employment across Uganda.
Transforming the Nigerian Agriculture Sector
Nigerians who farm for a living often face low harvests and sales, which threatens the population’s livelihoods, access to food, and health.
Investing in Afghanistan’s Future
Supporting and training micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises in Afghanistan, which comprise 80 percent of the labor force, has strengthened the country’s financial sector.
Piloting and Promoting Best Practices for Economic Growth
Piloting and sharing approaches to job creation, public financial management, trade and customs, access to finance, enterprise and workforce development, and economic inclusion is promoting economic growth in Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa.
Helping All of Vietnam’s Citizens
Vietnam must ensure that the benefits of its recent growth period reach all its citizens, including historically disadvantaged groups, such as women, people with disabilities, and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, and intersex (LGBTI) community.
Stronger and Healthier Households in Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan farmers are getting linked with buyers, financing, training, and inputs to sustainably increase incomes and improve nutrition in an effort to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable populations.
Improving the Guatemalan Justice System
Guatemala must address weaknesses in its justice system to ensure that the country’s most vulnerable populations can access vital services.
Supporting Mexico’s Approach to Protecting Human Rights
As the government of Mexico implements its National Human Rights Plan at the federal and state levels, it must address structural challenges to human rights and enhance its dialogue with civil society organizations.
Advocating for a Vocal Civil Society in Nigeria
Nigerian citizens need more tools and resources to learn how to productively contribute to reform at the local, state, and national levels.
Paving the Way for Women in Government
Historically, women have been extremely underrepresented in the Afghan government, and as a result, they have had limited ability to shape policies and programs that directly affect them.
Boosting Food and Economic Security in Afghanistan
In southern Afghanistan, where farmers and businesses have lagged behind in production and sales, interventions to promote better farming and agribusiness practices strengthen the economy.
Tipping the Scales for Workplace Gender Equity in Afghanistan
In Afghanistan, women have faced systemic barriers to working outside the home. A USAID project focused on gender equity in the workplace reshaped its own human resources practices to promote gender equity for its staff and achieved surprising results.
Train a Woman, Train a Nation
A new approach to training farmers is creating jobs and increasing harvests in Uganda.
Transforming Afghanistan’s Future
A unique year-long program is changing the lives of young Afghan women.
The Path Toward Protected Rights in the West Bank
Thanks to structured training, the West Bank family courts now constitute a powerful platform through which victims of gender-based violence can access services that more effectively address their needs.
The Journey to Inclusive Finance in Afghanistan
With geographically far-reaching activities targeting rural citizens and women, the FAIDA program drastically improved Afghanistan’s financial landscape.
Historic Policy Changes in Vietnam Extend Rights
As the Vietnamese economy continues to grow at a rapid pace, transgender groups are leveraging historic policy changes to break down barriers to opportunity.
Technology to Empower Women in Afghanistan
In Afghanistan, mobile banking technology is increasing women’s access to financial services, helping them conduct secure business transactions and grow their businesses.
From Policy to Practice: Exercising Gender-Equal Land Rights in Rwanda
With a communications campaign across four districts, Rwanda is raising public awareness of a key element of land reform — equal rights between men and women.
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.
Taking a Stand Onstage
An interactive drama technique called “forum theater” is teaching Palestinian citizens about gender-based violence and showing them how to address the social issue.
Investing in Women
In Jordan, young women are getting a chance to work in the growing tourism and hospitality sector.
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.
Stronger Civil Society in Indonesia
A local women’s association is helping women access state-run microfinance programs to empower women in Indonesia.
Afghan Women Entrepreneurs Shatter Stereotypes
One of Afghanistan’s most famous entrepreneurs is building international partnerships and helping other women grow their businesses.
Going the Extra Mile to Reach the Last Mile
Two supply chain experts, Bongisiwe Mosekoa and Fikreslassie Alemu, share strategies they’ve applied in Eswatini and Ethiopia to address social factors and systems challenges behind medical commodity uptake, implement inclusive delivery practices for last mile distribution, and ensure sustained health outcomes for everyone, including underserved populations such as people living with HIV/AIDS, youth, pastoralists and…
Combatting Human Trafficking During COVID-19
Human traffickers prey on people in crisis, and the global economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated public health restrictions have left many people desperate for necessities and vulnerable to deceptive and unscrupulous economic exploitation. At least in Myanmar, people are becoming increasingly desperate for employment and are willing to overlook known risks of…
3 Questions with Cecilia Barraza on Leveraging Mobile Apps for Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Response During COVID-19
Colombia, like other countries, implemented stay-at-home measures and restricted certain social services to limit the spread of COVID-19 beginning in mid-March 2020. Women and girls have disproportionately faced increased risks of experiencing gender-based violence (GBV) due to the socioeconomic fallout, and women in Colombia often lack consistent and reliable pathways to report violence. In response,…
Demonstrating Leadership for Racial Equality in Development
This post originally appeared on Devex. It’s clear that the United States, along with countries around the world, is reckoning with systems of racial inequality. Chemonics and many other organizations in and outside of the development community are examining and taking action to uproot racism in their headquarters, through their processes, and in the communities…
For the Women of Afghanistan, Peace with the Taliban May Not End the War
This post originally appeared on Devex. On August 14, while traveling back to Kabul from a meeting in Afghanistan’s northern Parwan province, Fawzia Koofi was the target of an assassination attempt. Though she was not seriously wounded and though the Taliban denied responsibility, the attack demonstrated what is at stake for Afghanistan’s women as peace…
Trauma-Informed Approaches to Development
When many people think of the concept of trauma, they imagine a specific and singular event that causes overwhelming stress for the person affected. In reality, trauma can be understood as an experience, a series of events, or set of circumstances that can have lasting and adverse effects on individual and community physical, social, and…
Talk of Peace Sparks Hope and Fear in Afghanistan
The history of conflict in Afghanistan is as old as I am. I was born in Nangarhar, Afghanistan in 1978. As a young man, I lived under the Taliban regime. Now, with renewed peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban underway, I am trying to imagine life without war in my home country.…
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…
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…
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…
Out and About: How to Create Responsive Security Resources for LGBTQ+ Travelers
More than 70 countries criminalize consensual same-sex acts between adults, and LGBTQ+ individuals are often faced with significant discrimination, stigma, and violence. Recognizing that LGBTQ+ development professionals work in many of these countries and carry concerns about safety and security, Chemonics established an LGBTQ+ employee resource group (ERG), ChemPRIDE, which partners with the company’s security…
The Problem with the Phrase ‘And Other Vulnerable Groups’
This post originally appeared on Devex. Have you ever heard the phrase, “women, youth, and other vulnerable groups” in a development context? If the answer is yes, you probably recognize that this phrase is common across development programs. Usually, it is used to show that we’re advocating for the needs of communities that are most…
News: Chemonics Announces New Corporate Diversity and Inclusion Director Albert E. Smith Jr.
Chemonics International welcomes Albert E. Smith Jr. as director of corporate diversity and inclusion. Mr. Smith brings 15 years of experience leading medium-to-large inclusive change management initiatives in the federal government, non-profit, and private sectors to Chemonics. Most recently, Mr. Smith worked at Cook Ross, where he engaged with executives, leaders, and individual contributors at…
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?…
Stigmatized for 2,535 Days
Women menstruate an average of 2,535 days of their lives, according to Dr. Julitta Onabanjo of the United Nations Population Fund. That’s 2,535 days in which many women experience increased stigma, isolation, and hardship. There are many countries that are working to address this reality through the support of local partners and donors, but there…
Beginning the D&I Journey: 5 Questions to Ask
Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Execute a few simple steps. Do it again and again and … poof, success! While this formulaic approach may work for some organizational processes, the path toward a successful diversity and inclusion (D&I) program for your workplace can be nonlinear and messy. For those of us who have worked in this arena,…
Collaboration for Disability-Inclusive Health Care: Now’s Our Moment
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 15 to 20 percent of people globally have a disability and 80 percent of them live in a developing country. This means that more than 900 million people with disabilities live in a low- or middle-income setting. These individuals face a variety of barriers, including restrictive and stigmatizing…
Disability Measurement Challenges: Not an Excuse to Delay Inclusive Education
According to the World Report on Disability, more than one billion people (15 percent of the world’s population), have a disability, and most children with disabilities in low- and middle-income countries have limited to no access to education. Though staggering, this statistic is likely higher because we have a hard time measuring disability. As a…
Balancing for Better – And Beyond
Happy International Women’s Day! This is an important day to reflect on and celebrate the critical contributions that women make to our society, our workplaces, and lives. There is so much to be proud of and still much to do to ensure women have equitable access and recognition for their amazing contributions. I am excited…
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…
The Power of a Picture: Elevating Women’s Voices through Art
The global 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign calls for the elimination of all forms of gender-based violence (GBV). It takes place every year between November 25 and December 10, culminating on Human Rights Day. Human Rights Day celebrates universal rights — including the rights to life, liberty, and security — that are…