Project Management Director, Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Business Unit
Cristina Hardaga Fernández
Chief of Party, Human Rights Accountability Activity (Promoviendo la Rendición de Cuentas por los Derechos Humanos (RED-DH))
Countering Human Rights Violations in Mexico
Cycles of violence in Mexico continue to take a toll on civilians, necessitating greater accountability in Mexico’s human rights system.
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.
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.
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.
Strengthening Human Rights in Colombia
To keep the peace following its 52-year armed conflict, Colombia must protect vulnerable populations’ human rights and prevent human rights violations from recurring.
Improving the Dominican Republic’s Justice System
The Dominican Republic needs a stronger criminal justice system to provide high-quality legal services and cultivate public trust.
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…
Leveraging Your Company’s ERG: How to Partner with Global LGBTI Civil Society Organizations
As countries around the world grapple with the COVID-19 health crisis, the downstream economic and social impacts are particularly devastating for populations that already exist within the margins of society, including those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI). In many countries, the pandemic has amplified the stigma, discrimination, violence, and deprivation…
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…
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…
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…
Close to Home: Everyday Human Rights in Latin America
On December 10, 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted a bold manifesto: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This document enshrined a series of principles that would be the birthright of every human on Earth and would change the way our global society thinks about human interaction. In the years since the…
Toward Sustainable Peace: Measuring Efforts to Prevent Human Rights Abuses in Post-Accord Colombia
With the signing of Colombia’s peace accord in 2016, new challenges have emerged regarding the country’s human rights agenda. The 2016 United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights annual report highlighted an increasing concern regarding the killings and attacks on Colombian human rights defenders and other social leaders. According to the Colombian NGO Somos Defensores, in…
News: Chemonics at Evaluation 2017
Improving the effectiveness of a program, policy, product, or organization requires assessing strengths and weaknesses — also known as evaluation. From November 6 to 11, evaluators, scholars, and students from around the world convene in Washington, D.C., for the American Evaluation Association’s annual conference to explore diverse evaluation practices and learn from their successes. The…
3 Questions with Hanife Limani: Opening Doors in Kosovo
Why is social inclusion important for the development of Kosovo? Kosovo declared its independence in 2008 and as a new country has made significant progress towards consolidating its institutions. Social inclusion is a particularly important element to consider during the development and consolidation of the new country’s institutions and systems in order to ensure long-term…
Unchaining Modern-Day Slavery: Blockchain Offers a Real Solution
Human traffickers prey on those who do not have access to viable economic opportunities or the means to pursue a better future. Exclusion from social opportunities and protections creates a cloak of invisibility for those who are forced into mining blood diamonds in Democratic Republic of the Congo, toiling in garment sweat shops in Bangladesh,…
3 Questions with Cristina Hardaga: Advancing Human Rights and Women’s Rights in Mexico
Why is inclusion important for the development of Mexico? Mexico is a culturally rich and diverse country with a wealth of natural resources, but also a very unequal country. The already large divide between poor and rich is even wider for women in poverty, who experience the worst development outcomes according to regular evaluations. Being…
3 Questions with Kelly Brooks: On the Historic Colombian Peace Process
The USAID Human Rights Activity (HRA) in Colombia supports the Colombian government and civil society to foster respect for human rights and protect vulnerable populations. The Colombian government is negotiating a peace accord with the FARC guerrilla group after 50 years of conflict. What are the biggest challenges that the demobilization of the FARC presents,…
Predicting Human Rights Violations Before They Happen
In 2000, Colombia was besieged by what had been one of the most violent decades in the history of its armed internal conflict. The rise and consolidation of paramilitary groups throughout the country that had begun as a self-protection movement against the guerrillas were out of control, and Colombia saw some of the worst human…
The Policy Communities Approach to Integrating Democracy and Governance
There is a growing recognition that democracy, human rights, and governance (DRG) needs to be integrated into programs in other sectors of development. The policy community model takes a complementary approach, integrating sector policy reform objectives into DRG-focused projects. This model, which my team and I developed under USAID’s Program Representasi (ProRep) project in Indonesia,…