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Preventing Culture from Eating Your Strategy

Alexandra Brewis-Slade | Peggy Ochandarena | Roseanne Schuster
April 9, 2020
4 Minute Read
Cultural norms can thwart the most technically sound development strategies. How can the cultural consensus model, developed by anthropologists, help to ensure that culture strengthens rather than weakens a strategy's effectiveness?

How to Fail to Succeed

Michael Brown
February 4, 2020
4 Minute Read
How can we improve development efforts in environmental and natural resources and other sectors by more intentionally sharing and learning from our failures? Michael Brown explores the importance of creating a culture of reflecting on failures to address urgent conservation needs.

Best of the Blog 2019


December 31, 2019
2 Minute Read
This was a big year for private sector engagement, with nearly half of our most popular posts exploring its importance to the future of development. Check out those posts and other key insights, profiles, and technical approaches from Chemonics in 2019.

Let’s Get Creative: Localized Data Collection for Stronger Project Outcomes

Gabriel Falk
December 23, 2019
4 Minute Read
How can the development community become more creative with data collection to navigate complex operating environments and gather accurate, high-quality, consistent data?

News: Partnerships and Innovation – Chemonics at #GHPC19


May 3, 2019
2 Minute Read
During CORE Group’s flagship Global Health Practitioner Conference, Chemonics joins global community health professionals to explore innovative health models and meaningful partnerships.

Disability Measurement Challenges: Not an Excuse to Delay Inclusive Education

Paige Morency Notario
April 11, 2019
5 Minute Read
As development professionals, we often get waylaid by measurement challenges in our pursuit of disability-inclusive education. Paige Morency Notario reminds us that when it comes to meeting students’ needs, it’s better to start somewhere than not to start at all.
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Good, Cheap, Fast – Pick Two

Chris Gegenheimer | Leslie Sage
April 3, 2019
< 1 Minute Read
Not every context is right for an off-the-shelf software solution. Just because a product exists, it doesn’t mean the collaboration with a vendor will be successful. Chris Gegenheimer shares a few key factors for success from an implementer’s perspective.

When Projects Close: Lessons Learned from an Ex-Post Study

Ilisa Gertner | Caryl Merten
March 29, 2019
4 Minute Read
An ex-post study of project impact can inform future programming and validate development approaches. But, what factors should implementors consider when planning such studies? Ilisa Gertner and Caryl Merten share their recent ex-post experience.
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Innovation: It’s Not a Mystery

Hillary Eason
February 15, 2019
4 Minute Read
In this post, Chemonics’ Hillary Eason discusses her take on innovation and demonstrates how, regardless of the roles we play, we can all take part in bringing the next brilliant solution to life.