Cross-Sectoral Analysis Reveals Hidden Links to Youth Development

Youth – defined by USAID as those between the ages of 10-29 – are creating innovative solutions to global issues, building their capacity as leaders, and, in some instances, assuming positions of power. In the international development sector, we must invest in youth and prioritize their development to ensure that they have the support they…

Enhancing Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Management for Improved Health Outcomes

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that approximately two billion people around the world do not have access to necessary medicines, vaccines, medical devices, and other health commodities. In addition to the limited access to medicines, 10.5% of all available health commodities are classified as substandard or falsified, which harm patients, healthcare economies, and supply…

A New Approach Towards Strengthening Local Capacity and Organizational Leadership

In its final year of implementing the USAID-funded Human Resources for Health in 2030 (HRH2030) Capacity Building for Malaria (CBM) activity, the question of sustainability is looming. Since 2016, the CBM project has embedded long-term technical advisors into National Malaria Control Programs (NMCPs) to strengthen leadership, management, and governance capacity. However, with the program wrapping…

A Conversation with Anna Slother on Staff Care and Wellness in Conflict and Crisis

As the world and development community continue to face increasingly complex humanitarian and conflict crises, most recently Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Chemonics’ Executive Vice President Anna Slother discusses the importance of staff care globally. She offers insights from her experience leading crisis responses, shares lessons learned from resilient Ukrainian, Afghan, and other colleagues worldwide, and…

Final Report: Lecture Pour Tous

The five-year Lecture Pour Tous program, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and completed in December 2021, made marked improvements in early grade reading outcomes in Senegal. The initiative directly supported reform efforts led by the Ministry of Education (Ministère de l’Education Nationale, or MEN) to use evidence-based approaches, including national…

Advancing Inclusive Development

Chemonics invests in people, systems, and practices to facilitate the exchange of ideas and best practices in inclusive development. With a dedicated Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Technical Practice — a 200-member community of practice of development professionals and a network of more than 70 technical specialists embedded in projects around the world —…

Growing the Next Crop of Agri-Tech Entrepreneurs Through Innovation and Scale

Although agriculture has been a cornerstone of the Ugandan economy for generations, many farmers in the East African republic earned barely enough in 2013 to provide schooling for their children. Having grown up in smallholder farming families themselves, agri-tech entrepreneurs William Luyinda, Esther Karwera, and Zilla Mary Arach knew these struggles all too well. “Unfortunately,…

Sustaining the Legacy of Holistic Education in Malawi

Malawi has benefitted from successful reading projects that provide learners with foundational reading and literacy skills to support the country’s continued development. USAID’s NextGen Early Grade Reading Activity builds on that progress by partnering with the Ministry of Education to support early literacy, improve classroom instruction, and build systemic capacity. The activity provides high-quality reading…

Building Evidence on Cross-Border Conflict to Inform Effective Responses

Conflicts in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia are rarely confined within state borders. Instead, they extend through the transnational flows of people, weapons, and resources, creating intricate cross-border conflict systems that span the formal and informal, licit, and illicit. These systems empower armed actors, enmesh conflict in crime and violent extremism, and ensnare local…

Final Report: USAID/OTI Burkina Faso Regional Program

BFRP leveraged its $9.5 million transition activities pool (TAP) to implement 220 activities supporting locally led solutions to address the most pressing sources of instability in the program’s target communities. BFRP awarded grants to 114 partners consisting of local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), community groups, and host-country government offices. BFRP cleared its first activity in October…

Advancing Bed Net Coverage for Malaria Vector Control: Lessons from DRC

In 2020, global malaria cases increased to numbers not seen since 2015, partly due to service disruptions caused by COVID-19 and stagnation of vector control interventions. Progress toward controlling and eliminating malaria has backslid. This setback leaves millions of people vulnerable to contracting the disease, particularly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which has…