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Senior Specialist, Digital Development Eugénie Lund-Simon

As the Senior Specialist for Chemonics’ Digital Development practice, Eugénie Lund-Simon currently supports the design and implementation of programs promoting open, secure, and inclusive digital ecosystems. Her work focuses on exploring how technology can reduce the spread of disinformation, counter violent extremism, and support media ecosystems in conflict and post-conflict settings. Eugénie previously spent over three years within Chemonics’ West and Central Africa and Haiti division managing business development initiatives across sectors including stabilization, governance, and economic growth. In this role, she completed assignments including designing the conflict sensitivity strategy for the USAID Democratic Republic of Congo Investment Activity, recruiting local staff for the USAID/OTI Burkina Faso Regional Program, and conducting research trips in countries including Niger, Liberia, Senegal, and Ghana. Eugénie holds a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Georgetown University.

by Eugénie Lund-Simon

Making Central Bank Digital Currencies Work for Development

Money is going digital, full steam ahead. Within the past five years, interest around Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) has exploded. Nearly 100 CBDCs are currently in research or development stages, with CBDCs in Nigeria and the Bahamas already launched. Unlike volatile cryptocurrency assets (e.g., bitcoin and stablecoins), CBDCs offer promising development benefits through central…

Proud and Loud Resilience Programming

Although international development programs often seek to extend aid efforts to the LGBTQ community as part of an inclusive development approach, these efforts can fail in places where there is a significant dichotomy between the program’s goals and the host country’s legislative and religious norms. LGBTQ efforts can be sidelined when aid efforts focus on…