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…

Re-Enforcing Resilience in Communities Across Borders

Cross-border “cluster” regions in the Horn of Africa have historically suffered from underinvestment and, as a result, face related challenges. Communities living in the cross-border towns of Karamoja, Moyale, and Mandera who move across Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, and Somalia’s borders face numerous shocks and stressors. These include ethnic conflict, drought, flooding, pest infestations,…

Addressing the Root Causes of Climate Migration

On October, 28, 2021, Chemonics partnered with Foreign Policy to convene a virtual dialogue to examine the nexus of climate and migration and the role of international development in tackling this urgent aspect of the climate crisis. By 2050, Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia will generate an estimated 143 million more climate migrants. Worldwide, more…

SERVIR Service Planning Toolkit

How do we build inclusive spaces when developing geospatial services? How can we ensure that the services developed by SERVIR benefit all of society—particularly the most vulnerable—in the context of a rapidly changing climate? SERVIR applies a user-centric and collaborative approach to answer these questions, applying Earth observations, geospatial science and technology to address development…

3 Questions with Chris Perine on Climate Solutions for a Changing Planet

In this three-part series, Chris Perine, Chemonics’ director of corporate environmental sustainability, answers questions about how the global development community can adapt to effectively address the climate crisis. His recommendations include areas for further climate research, more thoughtful and human-centered use of data, and new approaches to development programming.   1) What type of research…

Prioritization of Climate Variability and Change by African Governments

Governments around the world have recognized the potentially devastating consequences of climate variability and change to economic development, livelihood security, and natural resources conservation. A study conducted in 2017 by the USAID-funded Adaptation Thought Leadership and Assessments (ATLAS) project examining official statements and planning and strategy documents found that fifteen countries and five regional organizations…

Kristen Donnelly

Kristen Donnelly is a Senior Manager at Chemonics International with over eight years of experience supporting international development programs in the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia. She specializes in climate-induced displacement, forced migration, and adaptation. Ms. Donnelly holds a B.A. in economics and international relations from Syracuse University and an MSc. in international migration…

Applying the Innovation Adoption Measurement Approach

This brief describes how projects in Mali and Haiti applied of the Innovation Adoption Measurement Approach, developed by Chemonics expert Dr. Tom Fattori, to support adaptive management on resilience-focused projects. This approach takes the findings from an innovation adoption assessment and identifies specific and actionable recommendations for targeting and improving the adoption of practices that…

Resilience Programming in Support of Reforestation: Emerging Lessons from Haiti

This brief focuses on three key lessons learned — the importance of social capital for resilience, leveraging social capital to establish community buy-in, and linking resilience activities to specific shocks. The USAID Reforestation project team applied this learning to implement a refined reforestation approach, which may be relevant to other projects incorporating components of resilience-building,…

Final Report: Feed the Future Mali Climate Change Adaptation Activity

The Mali Climate Change Adaptation Activity (MCAA) built resilience to climate change by helping individuals, households, organizations, and the government of Mali adapt to shocks and stresses that come with climate change. The final report covers MCCAA’s project impact towards its key objectives, as and discusses the project’s gender and youth inclusion work, security environment…