Using a demand-driven development approach, our programs in Africa build the capacity of local institutions and create lasting impact, whether it is helping protect local biodiversity, facilitating international trade, or helping world leaders recognize famine conditions and plan accordingly. The common thread is our commitment to serving the needs of beneficiaries and local partners to promote true and lasting change. Our Africa portfolio is managed through two regional business units: East and Southern Africa, and West and Central Africa and Haiti.
Going the Extra Mile to Reach the Last Mile
Supply chain experts, Bongisiwe Mosekoa and Fikreslassie Alemu, share strategies they've applied to build stronger, resilient, and inclusive health supply chains that expand last mile delivery to traditionally underserved populations.
USAID/Senegal’s COVID-19 Response: Lecture Pour Tous
USAID’s Lecture Pour Tous activity helped Senegalese children continue reading during school closures due to COVID-19. Reading programs were broadcast on radio and television, encouraging parents to read with their children.
Tracking Commodities Down to the Last Mile in Nigeria: COMS Webinar Recording
Recording from October 7, 2020 webinar on the Commodity Order Management System we are piloting in Nigeria.
Growing Uganda’s Investment Ecosystem
The USAID Uganda Strategic Investment Activity strives to improve the livelihoods of underrepresented and marginalized people by accelerating private investment in the country’s agriculture, health, and energy sectors.
Improving Climate Change Development Programs
Development programs worldwide are designed to protect vulnerable people, places, and livelihoods from climate change, but with smarter methods, these programs could be even more effective.
Connecting Space to Village
Science, satellites, and information technology are transforming how countries manage critical development challenges such as climate resilience and environmental management.
Strengthening Public Service Delivery in Mozambique
Supporting Mozambican citizens to participate in policymaking and the design of public services can improve the effectiveness of state systems and services.
Integrating Supply Chains in Nigeria
By combining parallel donor-funded warehousing and distribution supply into a single streamlined supply chain, the project facilitates the provision of critical life-saving HIV and malaria health commodities to the people of Nigeria.
Dependable Water and Sanitation Services in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Improving service providers’ business models in the Democratic Republic of the Congo will enable peri-urban communities to better access safe drinking water and sanitation services.
Matchmaking Businesses and Investors in DRC
Driving inclusive growth in eastern DRC will require private investment in the region’s promising businesses.
Promoting Dialogue to Build Peace in Mali
Achieving stability in Mali will require the peace process to include all groups that wield power and influence.
Farming for Food Security in Zimbabwe
Food security in Zimbabwe depends on an investment in farming households.
Securing Stability in Burkina Faso
Support to local communities in Burkina Faso can mitigate the escalation of regional conflict.
Scaling HIV and TB Prevention and Treatment in Nigeria
Supporting the implementation and scaling of HIV and TB prevention and treatment programs is key for improving the ability of Nigerian state and local health systems.
Tracking Products’ Temperature to Ensure Medication Quality
Tracking and documenting the temperature of products and storage conditions of medications from manufacturer to delivery can ensure product quality and inform supply chain decisions.
Stepping Up Public Accountability in Somalia
To secure debt relief, Somalia must strengthen financial oversight practices and embrace principles of accountability.
Protecting Food Value Chains Across Africa
Aflasafe is a solution that reduces poisonous Aflatoxin levels in staple crops. Its commercialization improves food security and promotes resilience.
Strengthening Logistics Information and Management Systems in Chad
Improving management of critical medical commodities in Chad is essential to sustaining the country’s progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis.
Fostering Responsible Local Stewardship of Global Fund Grants
Supporting national committees that coordinate Global Fund grants reinforces local ownership and strengthens the effort to end the HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria epidemics.
Increasing Access to Justice and Enhancing the Rule of Law in Rwanda
Access to justice is a crucial factor for Rwanda in combating poverty, promoting peaceful resolution of disputes, and enhancing the rule of law.
Promoting Supply Chain Integration in Côte d’Ivoire
By integrating the health product supply chain, patients in Côte d’Ivoire benefitted from critical health services.
Enhancing Logistics Management for Ghana’s Health Supply Chain
Ghana’s Supply Chain Master Plan establishes a vision for an efficient health supply chain, which will only be realized through enhanced logistics management, data visibility, and last-mile distribution.
Enhancing Stability in Somalia
Somalia’s state assemblies must work in tandem with local and international actors to strengthen government capacity and promote a more peaceful, stable Somalia.
Digital Revolution: The Future of Higher Education in Liberia
After decades of instability, how can Liberia build a 21st-century learning environment for its higher education institutions?
Namibian Farmers Fight Effects of Climate Change with Conservation Agriculture
Climate change is devastating crops and livelihoods in Namibia's Kavango region. Conservation agriculture offers farmers hope and the ability to mitigate the impact of an uncertain, changing environment.
Breaking Financial Barriers to Education in the DRC
In the DRC, many parents struggled to pay school fees for their children's education. ACCELERE!1 leveraged existing cultural traditions to help families earn and save money to keep kids learning.
Approaching 95-95-95 HIV/AIDS Goals by Focusing on Patients
Ensuring adherence to HIV treatment can significantly improve the quality of life for people living with HIV. A patient-centric treatment approach is successfully reducing the burden and helping the global health community maintain the progress made to end AIDS by 2030 during COVID-19.
Private Partnership Paves the Way to Better Health in Nigeria
Engaging private sector partners in Nigeria’s lab sample network has strengthened the country’s efforts to eliminate HIV/AIDS and made its global health supply chain more resilient in the face of COVID-19.
Door-to-Door Malaria Awareness in Mozambique
Acting together to end malaria requires a vast awareness-building campaign. Community leaders in rural Mozambique are fighting misinformation on the ground – one household at a time.
In TransIT: Enhancing Visibility Across In-Country Supply Chains
Chemonics is helping to ensure that health commodities are delivered where they are needed most by using a low-cost, easy-to-use, cloud-based transport management system that increases visibility across the in-country supply chain.
Strengthening Health Systems and Access in Senegal
To improve health systems, the government of Senegal is creating tools, policies, and processes to ensure quality health service delivery.
Access to Medicines Transforms Lives for HIV/AIDS Patients
Bolstering the health supply chain in Zambia equips health facilities with the medicines and other supplies needed to care for patients like Catherine Nalungwe who live with HIV/AIDS.
Attention to Detail
Adjusting small aspects of the patient — and staff — experience in Ethiopia’s health facilities is leading to significant improvements in how the country provides health-care services.
Making Supply Chain Data Visibility a Reality
With a new tool at their disposal, health facilities in Malawi are collecting reliable data that ensures lifesaving medicines and supplies reach their final destination.
Low Emissions for High Results
In South Africa, a new technology is helping schools prepare meals for students faster and more sustainably — with far-reaching benefits for the local economy and the environment.
Train a Woman, Train a Nation
A new approach to training farmers is creating jobs and increasing harvests in Uganda.
Dealing with Counterfeits
A series of training events has helped Benin’s health supply chain workers learn how to safely dispose of counterfeit medicines that would otherwise find their ways into consumers’ hands.
A New Agricultural Extension Policy Takes Root in Uganda
When a farmer’s crop is being destroyed by pests or contaminated after harvest, who can she turn to for help? In Uganda, extension agents are becoming better prepared to provide farmers with answers.
Achieving Data Driven Health Supply Chains: Local Lessons and Global Solutions
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected nearly every way in which global supply chains function. While one of the most striking examples is the desperate need for data visibility for vaccine distribution and patient vaccination status, supply chain practitioners also need visibility into distribution and consumption of health commodities procured outside of COVID-19. For these health…
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,…
3 Questions with Bruno Bouchet on Health Systems Strengthening
1. What draws you to work in global health? After completing medical school in France, I spent 16 months as a clinician at a hospital in French Guyana, where I took care of patients with tropical diseases (such as malaria, amebiasis, and tuberculosis) and I decided to specialize in tropical medicine in Antwerp, Belgium. Afterwards,…
Are Climate Programs the Most Effective Use of Climate Funding?
With the anticipated resurgence of climate change on the U.S. development agenda, the objectives of reducing atmospheric carbon (mitigation) and increasing climate resilience (adaptation) will again be front and center. It is, therefore, critical that those designing and implementing climate programming reflect on the programmatic options and identify the ones with the greatest potential to…
News: Chemonics Announces New Senior Vice President Dzenita Korac Kolja
Chemonics International has named Dzenita Korac Kolja as senior vice president of its Operations, Finance, and Compliance (OFC) Division supporting its global health and supply chain portfolio. Ms. Korac Kolja is a seasoned finance, risk, and compliance expert with 20 years of experience supporting donor-funded international development projects around the world. Prior to joining Chemonics’…
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…
Making the Last Mile Clearer than Ever
In an effort to reduce malaria and HIV morbidity, and to improve access to maternal and child health and family planning commodities, the Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project delivers key life-saving medicines to the last mile across the world. Distribution of commodities in Cameroon, Haiti, and Niger is often inhibited by…
Going the Extra Mile to Reach the Last Mile
Two supply chain experts, Bongisiwe Mosekoa and Fikreslassie Alemu, share strategies they’ve applied in Eswatini and Ethiopia to address social factors and systems challenges behind medical commodity uptake, implement inclusive delivery practices for last mile distribution, and ensure sustained health outcomes for everyone, including underserved populations such as people living with HIV/AIDS, youth, pastoralists and…
3 Questions with Jaclyn Grace on Engaging Elites to Resolve Conflict
Chemonics’ recently published toolkit offers peacebuilders a practical guide to applying “Elite Bargains and Political Deals” (EBPD) theory to their activities. Through her work delivering stabilization programming in Mali, Jaclyn Grace co-authored the toolkit. She explains how EBPD theory helps development practitioners see localized conflicts in a new light. 1. What is Elite Bargains and Political Deals…
3 Questions With Grace Adeya on PMI’s Impact in the Fight to End Malaria
The U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) is a significant contributor in the global quest to end malaria. Since its launch in 2005, PMI has conducted malaria prevention and treatment programs in 24 malaria-endemic countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. Over the past five years, the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management…
News: Chemonics Joins CIES 2021 to Discuss Pressing Global Education Issues
From April 25 to May 2, Chemonics will join the global education community at the 2021 Virtual Annual Conference of the Comparative & International Education Society (CIES 2021) to present and share lessons from implementation and discuss high-priority education issues. Chemonics’ specialists will present on a range of topics facing the education community, including approaches…
Is Private Sector Engagement In Health Supply Chains in LMICs the Most Recent Panacea?
Governments, NGOs, and civil society organizations are examples of entities that have made significant investments in reaching the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of “[achieving] universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services, and access to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.” Even with these…
The Clock is Ticking: How to End TB by 2022
Although the world has made unprecedented gains in combating tuberculosis (TB) in the past two decades, access, quality and equity in TB care remain a big challenge. The added burden of COVID-19 is threatening to reverse these gains. Early on, lockdown and movement restrictions led to a decline in clinic visits due to fear of contracting COVID-19.…
How to Stop Zoom Zone-Out: Lessons from VukaNow
The role of USAID’s VukaNow Activity is to catalyze learning and share information and best practices to enhance collaborative efforts to combat wildlife crime in southern Africa. This work requires many in-person meetings and workshops. In 2020, VukaNow, along with partner CollaborateUp, was organizing a critical learning event in Botswana, planned for mid-March. Just a…
Where in the World Are Those Private Sector Partners?
As the countries of West and Central Africa struggle with ongoing health challenges such as a recent Ebola outbreak, one of the highest HIV/AIDS burdens in the world, and a fractured health infrastructure, many actors in the health supply chain remain unaware of what organizations and private companies already exist to provide valuable global health supply chain services…
From the Highlands to the Deltas: Why We Need Integrated Water Security Programming
Whether building strong economies, improving human health, or supporting thriving ecosystems, water is an integral and interconnected element with impacts far outside of the water sector in global development. While improved water management can reduce treatment costs and deliver valuable ecosystem services, poorly managed upstream resources can undermine investments in drinking water delivery. Cases from…
Building Back Better Through Trade
This post originally appeared on British Expertise International’s blog. Governments are looking to trade to breathe life back into their beleaguered economies. Allowing goods to move safely and efficiently across borders into businesses and consumers hands is vital to restoring faith in markets and stemming rising unemployment. But restoring trade to previous levels is not…
Mitigating Hesitancy Key to COVID-19 Vaccine Readiness
Vaccines are one of the most cost-effective public health interventions, saving millions of lives each year. They are our best chance of eradicating COVID-19, which has had one of this century’s most devastating impacts on humankind, with high death tolls and major disruptions to economies and everyday life. Vaccines historically take years to develop, requiring…
3 Questions with Baz Semo: Ensuring Safe and Continuous HIV Service Delivery in Nigeria
In Nigeria, where 1.8 million people live with HIV and 100,000 were newly infected in 2019, the pandemic has disrupted the government of Nigeria’s efforts to lead a large-scale, evidence-driven national response to control the HIV epidemic by limiting access to critical testing and treatment services. To address this, healthcare administrators and frontline workers are…
Power Revolution — A New Way Forward in the Global Power Sector
This post originally appeared on Devex. The COVID-19 pandemic that has overwhelmed health care systems around the world has also exposed significant weaknesses in another essential element of economic and social development: the global power sector. Dramatic swings in daily electricity demands as countries impose and rescind pandemic lockdowns, and the subsequent economic damage to governments…