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Director, Water, Energy and Sustainable Cities Practice Barbara Rossmiller

Barbara Rossmiller is currently a director in Chemonics’ Water, Energy and Sustainable Cities (WESC) practice, responsible for technical leadership in water, sanitation, and hygiene programming. She is a senior water and sanitation, sector governance, and institutional strengthening specialist with nearly 30 years of experience in international development. In previous roles as chief of party, Barbara led comprehensive water sector reform in Jordan and has also fostered reconciliation through shared resources management in Cyprus. She also specializes in managing complex multidisciplinary programs in post-conflict or politically challenging environments. Her technical experience lies in sector governance, urban water and sanitation services, water resources management, environment and natural resources, cultural heritage and community development. Prior to Chemonics, Barbara served as a water, climate, and natural resources practice area director where she was responsible for portfolio management, business development and thought leadership for a leading international research institute. She has worked in over 20 countries, including long-term assignments in Jordan, Iraq, and Cyprus. Barbara holds an MBA from Duke University and a B.A. from the University of Minnesota.

by Barbara Rossmiller

For a Precious Resource like Water, Good Governance Matters

In complex environments with political challenges and evolving conflict dynamics, equitable access to water and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services is increasingly critical and yet often constrained by ineffective or outdated governance systems. Not only are governance initiatives central to meeting the challenges that rapid urbanization poses for the provision of WASH services, but…

3 Questions with Barbara Rossmiller on Responsive Development in the Water Sector

For over 30 years, Chemonics has worked with local governments, private sector partners, local communities, and other stakeholders to effectively implement water security, sanitation, and hygiene (WSSH) programs worldwide, ensuring those living in both urban and rural areas have access to safe, clean water. To ensure that WSSH interventions are sustainable and responsive to people’s…

Next-Generation Urban WASH Requires Transparent, Innovative Governance

In the first blog entry in this series, More than Pipes and Pumps: Good Governance Drives Improved WASH, we describe how governance is central to meeting the challenges that rapid urbanization poses for provision of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services. In this entry, we focus specifically on how improved WASH governance can enable technological innovations,…

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…