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Democracy and Governance

Strengthening systems of democratic governance to ensure accountability, justice, and inclusion

At Chemonics, we believe that those who have the least, deserve our best. And from our decades of experience working in nearly 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.  


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Chemonics uses tools and innovative approaches tailored to the specific country context and needs of our beneficiaries. Our approach aims to foster an environment that respects individual liberty, guarantees transparent government institutions, and gives individuals a voice regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, family ties, political affiliation, personal opinion, or economic status.
Anti-Corruption: The prevention of corruption cuts across all of our programs. Our partners in these efforts include government, civil society, media outlets, and international organizations. We support efforts to improve education, government transparency, access to information, reforms, and national anti-corruption strategies.
Civil Society, Civic Engagement, and Independent Media: Our approach uses grants and capacity building to ensure that community-based and civil society organizations receive the support they need. We provide support on effective advocacy and networking, monitoring and evaluation, public awareness, gender empowerment, youth involvement, volunteerism, and legal aid to build demand for democratic reforms. We also promote citizen awareness and action.
Electoral Process Strengthening: We build sustainable democracies by supporting public voter education campaigns, youth awareness of political platforms and government functions, and women’s political participation.
Executive Branch Strengthening: We build the capacity of officials and institutions to implement laws, develop and oversee budgets, and hold other branches of government accountable. Our efforts streamline the laws, regulations, and policies that guide interaction with government institutions and design independent oversight mechanisms.
Human Rights: We work with governments and civil society to address structural human rights challenges by implementing more effective strategies and policy reforms. Our programs also support civil society groups in their efforts to raise awareness of and advocate against human rights violations.
Legislative Strengthening: We work with legislators to design programs that give citizens a better voice in how they are governed and support economic growth and development by shaping laws, budgets, and policies to that end. Our programs address issues such as constituent relations, policy analysis, and gender equity.
Local Governance and Decentralization: We build the capacity of local governments on service delivery, income generation, economic development, citizen participation. We also strengthen community-based and civil society organizations (CSOs) at the local level.
Rule of Law and Security Sector Strengthening: We promote the rule of law by improving the effectiveness, efficiency, and accessibility of justice systems and relying on capacity building, training, expert analysis, and process streamlining. We work with the private and nonprofit sectors to improve accountability and ethics and public confidence in courts. We also provide technical support for alternative dispute resolution, justice sector reforms, and case management systems, as well as in assessment and design of security sector governance projects.
Violence Prevention: To prevent violence and improve security, we work with governments and civil society on implementing comprehensive approaches through multi-sectorial collaboration and technical support to institutions on addressing youth crime and violence as well as community policing efforts.

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    Jennifer Swift-MorganJennifer Swift-Morgan is an education and governance expert with more than 15 years of experience designing, managing, and evaluating integrated projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Her technical expertise includes decentralized public policy, teacher training, civil society strengthening, early- grade reading, human rights, community mobilization, and non-profit management. Dr. Swift-Morgan has previously worked at USAID, KfW Development Bank, National Democratic Institute, and InterAction. As a director in Chemonics’ West and Central Africa region, Dr. Swift-Morgan currently supports USAID’s All Children Reading project in Senegal. She also conducts political economic analyses and provides civic engagement, local governance, and public service delivery input for the Democracy and Governance Practice. Dr. Swift-Morgan holds a Ph.D. in international education development from Columbia University’s Teacher’s College. Read more

    Rebecca BrewingtonRebecca Brewington is a capacity building specialist with 15 years of experience in private and public sector capacity building in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. She leads institutional strengthening efforts, including designing qualitative and quantitative organizational assessment tools. Ms. Brewington currently is working on initiatives involving human and institutional capacity development and accountability. For seven years, she served as the deputy chief of party on a policy reform program in Jordan and a health sector reform program in the West Bank and Gaza. She led institutional capacity assessments and developed capacity improvement plans for more than 40 NGOs in Jordan, Egypt, West Bank, Uganda, and Georgia. Ms. Brewington is a Certified Performance Technologist with the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI). Read more

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