Research Report: How and Why Practitioners Think and Work Politically 2022

Thinking and working politically (TWP) entails carefully considering the operating context and how project interventions might affect it, then adapting the interventions to best advance common objectives within the local system. This report responds to the question of what explains practitioners’ particular interest in TWP as an explicit strategy and more than just “doing good…

Supporting Access to Justice for Survivors of Gender-Based Violence

In 2020, there were more than 122,000 reported cases of gender-based violence (GBV) in Colombia. The country has also seen a rise in femicides in recent years. Since January 2022, the USAID Inclusive Justice Activity has been trying to improve Colombian citizens’ trust in the justice system by increasing access to justice services and reducing…

Thinking and Working Politically Learning and Futures Symposium

This Symposium presented experience and research from the past five years of Chemonics’ programming and others’ experiences using political economy analysis and savvy, adaptive approaches to improve development effectiveness and sustainability. Speakers explored future uses of Thinking and Working Politically (TWP), including integration with behavior science and supporting locally-led development. The Symposium took place in-person…

2022 Forum on New Approaches to Countering Corruption Across Sectors

This virtual Forum brought together development practitioners, donors, and academics working to overcome the obstacles to sustainable progress created by corrupt practices and institutions to varying degrees in every country and every sector of development where USAID, Chemonics, and our partners around the world are pushing for meaningful changes that improve people’s lives. We used…

Christopher Marshall

Chris currently serves as team leader on the HMG-funded Western Balkans Rule of Law Initiative, a highly adaptive transparency & accountability and criminal justice program working across each of the Western Balkans 6. Chris is a lawyer by background and has worked on many aspects of criminal, civil, and commercial justice as well as on…

Trust Issues: Why Trust Matters in International Development

Trust is a familiar concept, yet one too often ignored in programme design. It isan essential ingredient of mutually beneficial human relationships. Internationaldevelopment projects, particularly those in the field of governance, rely on relationshipsto meet their objectives. Trust smooths collaboration between project staff, donors,local stakeholders, governments, and, ultimately, the people who benefit fromprogramming. Despite its…

In Conversation with Joy Kiiru: Connecting Research and Evidence to Policy 

“Research enables us to identify how best to address the challenges that impact society. The good thing is that governments are starting to acknowledge the potential for research to drive national development.” Joy is unequivocal, and her belief in her work is easy to see. “This is my passion: ensuring that evidence can impact policy…

Bakhtiyor Inamov

Bakhtiyor Inamov has 35 years of experience in academics, public administration agencies, business and civil sectors, project management and implementation of projects in public administration, water management, and improvement of services. While working at the USAID projects on Self Governance, provided expert support to the Government of Tajikistan during reforms of state governance at the…

Savrinisso Kurbonbekova

Savrinisso Kurbonbekova has been with the USAID Rural Water Supply (RWS) Activity since Dec. 1, 2020, and has 23 years of experience working for international organizations, with 20 years of experience in training programs management, including needs assessment, international marketing, monitoring and evaluation of training programs. This included developing and implementing USAID-sponsored US, regional, and…