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…

Creating Stability through Education in Syria

Children, young people, and adults alike have been traumatized by more than a decade of conflict in Syria. With more than 2 million children out of school, education remains one of the country’s hardest-hit local governance sectors. Issues that affect children’s abilities to access quality education services range from a lack of infrastructure to the…

Should Evaluators Take a Step Back? Enabling Frontline Staff to Lead the Learning Process

Facilitating workshops to support learning can feel like an obligation rather than a beneficial activity. The frontline staff experiencing change first-hand are often not at the center of reflective exercises, limiting their influence on decision-making, learning, and adaptation. This is a problem: interventions that do not incorporate learning from frontline staff will struggle to be…

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 —…

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…

Rethinking Technical Assistance in Rapidly Changing Socioeconomic Environments

Lebanon is passing through the toughest economic and financial crisis of its history, starting in October 2019 and still ongoing. The country’s GDP has shrunk from $52 billion in 2019 to $22 billion in 2021, due to the combined impacts of regional politics, high levels of public waste and corruption, COVID-19, and the 2020 Beirut…

Final Report: Supporting Moderate Education in Syria Project

Following six months of interventions in Northeast Syria (NES), known as Injaz I, this follow-on project sought to address five years of psychosocial trauma and severely limited foundational learning in NES caused by primary and secondary exposure to ISIS ideology. With the closure of secular schools under ISIS, many children and youth were left susceptible…

Final Report: Libya Transition Initiative 3

From May 2017 to February 2022, LTI 3 sought to prevent further deterioration in political and security conditions in Libya while preserving as much space as possible for eventual political compromise, unified civilian leadership, reconciliation, and positive political transition. The program worked in strategic communities where stability is most fragile while seizing windows of opportunity…

3 Questions with Captain Amos Lee On Recruiting Veteran Talent in Development

The SkillBridge program connects qualified organizations in various sectors with exceptional members of the U.S. Armed Forces in their final months of active duty. This exchange provides service members with industry-specific growth opportunities, enabling companies like Chemonics to identify and access top-tier talent motivated to learn about and contribute to those companies’ missions and business goals. Chemonics is honored to host its first SkillBridge intern, U.S. Army Captain Amos Lee, and learn more…

News: Chemonics and Partners Host Third Annual Global Digital Development Forum

On May 4-5, 2022, an anticipated 3,000 development professionals from around the world will gather online for the third annual Global Digital Development Forum. This free-for-participants event will be a platform to share and learn about using digital technology to increase development impact. Chemonics has partnered with USAID, Deloitte, TechChange, DAI, Palladium, CARE, and the…

Fostering an Investment-Friendly Climate in Pakistan

The Pakistan Investment Promotion Activity (IPA) is funded by USAID to support investment in Pakistan by attracting investors, assisting their entry and establishment in the country, securing their retention, and fostering links internally. The activity has four principal objectives. These include addressing the business-enabling regulatory environment for investment promotion, reforming institutional policies including the ease…