Chemonics’ blog gathers insights from our global network of specialists around the world. Check out the top 10 blog posts in 2017.


From thinking and working politically to going viral with a shipment of watermelons, Chemonics’ staff have shared diverse opinions, insights, and technical approaches on our blog. Here are the 10 most popular blog posts in 2017:

10. Politics Matter: How Implementers Can Do Development Differently by Jennifer Swift-Morgan, director in Chemonics’ West and Central Africa and Haiti Division and co-leader of Chemonics’ Democracy and Governance Practice initiative on thinking and working politically.

9. Approaches that Projects Can Learn from the Democracy and Governance Sector by John Johnson, director in Chemonics’ Asia Division and former chief of party of the USAID Program Representasi in Indonesia.

8. 3 Misconceptions that Limit Progress for Refugee Communities by Sanida Kikic, director in Chemonics’ Global Health Supply Chain Office, and Nicholas Sabato, director of Education for Humanity for Arizona State University.

7. What it Takes to Beat the Odds by Rhett Gurian, senior vice president of Chemonics’ West and Central Africa and Haiti Division.

6. Is “Secure Enough” Good Enough for Land Tenure? A Case Study from Rwanda by Michael Brown, director in Chemonics’ Environment and Natural Resources Practice, and Ailey Kaiser Hughes, former chief of party of the USAID Rwanda LAND project and current gender, land tenure, and natural resources consultant.

5. Why Privatization has not Improved Power Supply in Nigeria by Zira John Quaghe, energy and mining consultant with experience working in power sectors and extractive industries across the developing world.

4. Target Interventions to Reduce Homicides in Mexico by Enrique Betancourt, director in Chemonics’ Latin America and the Caribbean Division.

3. Unchaining Modern-Day Slavery: Blockchain Offers a Real Solution by Kelly Cronen, director in Chemonics’ Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Practice, and Ashish Gadnis, founder and CEO of BanQu and expert on blockchain technology.

2. The Market System Behind the Watermelons that Launched 1,000 Memes by Patrick Rader, chief of party of the USAID Ukraine Agriculture and Rural Development Support Program.

1. From Entry Level to Executive at Chemonics by Patrick Lohmeyer, senior vice president of human resources at Chemonics.