More than Pipes and Pumps: Good Governance Drives Improved WASH

We live in an increasingly urban world with infrastructure and essential services struggling to keep pace. From the current level of 56% in 2020, the United Nations (UN) projects that 68% of the world’s population will be urban by 2050. Many of the world’s fastest growing populations over this period are projected to be rapidly…

Final Report: Kosovo Partnerships for Development

The Kosovo Partnerships for Development (KPD) project’s final report covers how it implemented its scope of work by completing significant reform-driven initiatives. These objectives were to improve the business environment and the implementation of construction reforms, and to enhance the country’s macroeconomic stability and public financial management (PFM) at the central and local level. Despite…

Supplying Safe Water to Rural Tajikistan

In Tajikistan, rural communities lack access to essential goods and services, which contributes to a high prevalence of childhood undernutrition, stunting, and other poor health issues. Increasing access to clean water and sanitation can improve these outcomes. The USAID Rural Water Supply (RWS) Activity partners with local governments, communities, and businesses to develop and improve…

3 Questions with Victoria Cooper: Ebola, COVID-19, and Global Development

As chief of party for the USAID Digital Liberia and e-Government project, Vicki Cooper led efforts to strengthen Liberia’s health, education, and economic growth sectors through enhanced information, communication, and technology capabilities in the aftermath of the Ebola epidemic. 1. How can the global development community use lessons learned from the Ebola crisis in Liberia…

3 Questions with Todd Diamond on Countering Violent Extremism and Preventing Gang Violence

This post was adapted from an interview between Elisabeth Dallas, Chemonics’ Peace, Stability and Transition Practice director, and Todd Diamond, a conflict, stability, and security director in Chemonics’ U.K. Division. For the full interview, watch the video below. How are violent extremism and gang violence — and the development community’s approaches to them — similar?…

Financial Series #1: Enabling Sub-Sovereign Bond Issuances

Through the Financial Sector (FS) Share task order, the USAID Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture, and Trade (EGAT) and Chemonics proactively collaborated with missions to identify financial sector priorities and develop strategies and programs to grow the financial sector. This primer was prepared by Caroline Averch and J. Mauricio Gutierrez of Chemonics with support from USAID EGAT and The U.S. Treasury International Affairs Office of Technical…

Final Report: Financial Sector Knowledge Sharing Project

The Financial Sector Knowledge Sharing (FS Share) project was designed by the USAID Bureau of Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade (EGAT, now known as E3) as a vehicle to test innovative approaches to financial-sector development and facilitate the collection, analysis, and dissemination of best practices and lessons learned through implementation. Through these activities, FS Share’s…

Engaging the Private Sector in Green Infrastructure Development and Financing

Through case study analyses, this USAID report provides recommended steps that city officials and the donor community can take to engage private sector partners in green infrastructure (GI) development and financing in developing countries. Four case studies of successful GI that yield both climate resilience and mitigation benefits in urban settings are provided to showcase…

3 Questions with Robyn Tompkins on Planning Strategically for WASH in Botswana

Robyn Tompkins is a water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) specialist based in Maun, Botswana. She is Botswana’s national Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking Water (GLAAS) consultant and the senior WASH advisor to the USAID Resilient Waters Program. 1. What is the UN-Water Global Analysis and Assessment of Sanitation and Drinking Water (GLAAS)…

To Improve Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene, Look Toward Waste Management

If you’ve ever seen a field covered in garbage in a developing country, you have some idea of the waste management challenges faced by various urban economies in sub-Saharan Africa. An explosion in urban migration and unplanned settlement, as well as a lack of urban planning to accommodate basic utility support infrastructure and services, has…

Mauricio Gutierrez

Mauricio Gutierrez currently serves as the president of Connexi, a Chemonics company. Mr. Gutierrez joined Chemonics in 1996 as a project manager of a water infrastructure concession program in Colombia. Since then, he has served in numerous roles, including managing director and acting chief of party implementing successful and results-oriented projects throughout Latin America and…

Managing Water and Wastewater in Lebanon

Historically, limited funding and problems with operations and maintenance have strained Lebanon’s aging water and wastewater infrastructure. To combat these mounting issues, the USAID Water Infrastructure Support and Enhancement for Lebanon program increased Lebanon’s ability to deliver improved, efficient, and sustainable water and wastewater services through infrastructure upgrades and related management support. The program partnered…