International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP2022)

ICFP2022 brought together more than 3,500 participants from at least 125 countries for the world’s largest scientific conference focused on family planning and sexual and reproductive health and rights from November 14-17, 2022, in Pattaya, Thailand. Twenty Chemonics staff participated at the conference, representing work Chemonics conducted in Angola, Bangladesh, Niger, Rwanda, the West African…

Innovations in Contraceptive Packaging to Drive Supply Chain Efficiencies and Commodity Security

Product packaging is important for contraceptive security. It is relevant at every level of the supply chain and contributes to the “6 rights” of logistics. As a result, USAID, UNFPA, and the Chemonics-led USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management Project (GHSC-PSM) began a multi-year, coordinated effort to consider improvements how products are…

Advancing the Green Economy Through Market-Based Approaches

Climate change is a global crisis that threatens every aspect of economic growth. Since enterprises are drivers of economic growth, applying market-based approaches that use business models and market forces to address development and humanitarian challenges more sustainably and at scale is essential for building climate-resilient and sustainable economies. Market-based approaches will need strong collaboration across technical sectors and market actors,…

Chemonics at COP27

Climate change affects every corner of our planet and every development sector, from expanding the range of infectious diseases and driving conflict over limited natural resources to threatening energy supplies and agricultural outputs. As one of the most urgent challenges of our time, climate change requires collaboration and innovation to support countries on their journey…

Perspective: Our Energy Experts on the Inadequacy of Bangladesh’s Power Sector

Last week, the blackout that shut down much of Bangladesh for seven hours starting at 2 pm local time on October 4th – followed by days of more frequent load-shedding than before the outage – underscores the inadequacy of the country’s energy sector to power its dynamic economy and growing population. Despite years of expansion…

You Are Enough: The Power of Collective Action 

What is our future if we do not work together towards change? Ayisha Siddiqa may have said it best, “If the future leaves without us, the silence that will follow will be an unspeakable nothing. What if we convince her to stay? How rare and beautiful it is that we exist. What if we stun…

Chemonics at COP27

Our climate change experts were at COP27 and hosted a series of in-person panel discussions on some of the most critical topics related to climate change challenges, as well as mitigation and adaptation responses. Tuesday, November 8, 2022, 15:00-16:00 (GMT+2): Exploring Climate and Fragility in Conflict Prevention, Mitigation, and Recovery Climate change stresses social, economic,…

Mobilizing Finance to Respond and Adapt to Climate Change

In November 2021, USAID announced an ambitious goal of mobilizing $150 billion in private and public finance by 2030. This finance will support a variety of climate change mitigation and adaptation outcomes and support the implementation of country-driven and UN-assisted Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and National Adaptation Plans (NAPs). The Climate Finance for Development Accelerator…

Perspective: Marvie Javed on Climate Change and the Flooding in Pakistan

In this “Perspective” post, Marvie Javed, a senior specialist in Environment and Natural Resources at Chemonics who is based in Lahore, Pakistan, reflects on the recent flooding in the country and considers the following question: What are some immediate actions that climate experts and development practitioners can take to help protect vulnerable communities and to…

Marvie Javed

Marvie Javed is senior specialist in Chemonics’ Environment and Natural Resources Practice.

From Outer Space to Brazilian Farmland

Soil-testing technology developed on Mars is improving farming practices on Earth while helping to address climate change. In the flat, dry soy fields of Bahia in northeastern Brazil, an artificial intelligence startup called Agrorobótica is collecting soil samples, then using NASA-inspiredrobotics to analyze their composition. Agrorobótica is funded through an innovation grant managed by Chemonics International. The…

Tamer Al-Assa’d

Tamer Al-Assa’d is a Water Utility, Governance, and Infrastructure Expert with roughly 20 years of experience working for donors and the private and public sectors. Tamer managed and worked on many projects in the fields of project design, planning, development and management of water and sewerage infrastructure, water utility management, water governance and institutional development, water…