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.
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, more patients in Côte d’Ivoire will benefit 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.
Natural Resource Management and Water Security in Southern Africa
Improved natural resource management and increased access to safe drinking water and sanitation are essential to addressing human and ecosystem challenges in southern Africa.
Combatting Wildlife Crime in Southern Africa
The decimation of wildlife through illegal poaching and trade threaten economic development and livelihood security in southern Africa.
Strengthening Somali Governance
Somalia is taking steps toward re-establishing governance with effective and accountable government institutions.
Improving Information Sharing and Coordination in Ghana’s Justice Sector
Better coordination between justice sector institutions in Ghana is needed to reduce delays in prosecution. A case tracking system is making a difference.
Connecting Space to Village
Science, satellites, and information technology are transforming how countries manage critical development challenges such as climate resilience and environmental management.
Laying a Digital Foundation
Improving ICT infrastructure is a critical step in strengthening the Liberian government’s decision-making around how to manage health, education, and other services for its citizens.
Empowering Health Leaders in West and Central Africa and Haiti
Through the USAID Global Health Supply Chain (GHSC) - Technical Assistance (TA) Francophone Task Order, health leaders are improving national supply chains and advancing global health security.
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.
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.
Building a Skilled Health Supply Chain Workforce for Haiti
Haiti acquired in-country expertise needed to address the problem of donated medical and laboratory equipment maintenance, moving one more step closer to self-reliance and sustainability.
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.
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…
News: Chemonics Does Digital Health
Digital health presents new opportunities to contribute to Sustainable Development Goal 3, to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages. We are proud to promote technological development and engage the workforce necessary to harness and leverage the power and possibility behind digital health. Next week, Chemonics will join more than 1,000 digital health practitioners…
3 Questions with Simon Cole: Re-envisioning Health Commodity Distribution in Zambia
Since 2016, the USAID GHSC-PSM project in Zambia has been working closely with the Ministry of Health, Medical Stores Limited, and other partners to improve availability and access to lifesaving health commodities through procurement, distribution, and supply chain technical assistance. GHSC-PSM and Medical Stores Limited (MSL)’s implementation of an innovative health commodity distribution system through a…
3 Questions with COVID-19 Coordinator Dr. Monique N’Guessan: Charting a Course for Côte d’Ivoire
This post was adapted from a post that originally appeared on the USAID HRH2030 program’s website. As the COVID-19 coordinator for the USAID Human Resources for Health in 2030 (HRH2030) program in Côte d’Ivoire, Dr. Monique N’Guessan explains the effects of the pandemic in Côte d’Ivoire and the measures being taken to move the country…
3 Questions with Grace Namaganda: Balancing Service Delivery for HIV/AIDS, Malaria during COVID-19
The fight to end HIV/AIDS is far from over, and millions worldwide rely on services or commodities that aren’t designed to work with social distancing rules. Grace Namaganda provides recommendations on how to use data for decision-making, protect community health workers, help HIV patients adhere to antiretroviral (ARV) regimes, and leverage partnerships from her experience…
Early Grade Reading: What Does ‘Good’ Look Like and How Do We Measure It?
Parents send their child to school and expect that she will learn to read. A teacher is expected to deliver quality instruction and provide appropriate support to students who are struggling. A head teacher is expected to turn an underperforming school into a high-performing one. An education official is expected to ensure national education performance.…
3 Questions with Fred Kasongo on Expanding Early Grade Literacy in Crisis-Affected Communities
1) Why do you think it is important to expand activities to Beni and Butembo? As a Congolese citizen, I’m aware of the challenges in various parts of my country, and in particular, in Beni and Butembo in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Approximately 1 million inhabitants of these cities face heightened insecurity from…
3 Questions with Antonio Mussa: Cyclones, COVID-19, and Antimalarial Interventions
Devastating cyclones and global pandemics like COVID-19 can distract Mozambicans from addressing the pervasive problem of malaria, which is often seen as a part of daily life even though it is responsible for 29 percent of all deaths in the country. As COVID-19 spreads through Mozambique’s northern provinces, Antonio Mussa, chief of party of the Chemonics-led…
3 Questions with Victoria Cooper: Ebola, COVID-19, and Global Development
As chief of party for the USAID Digital Liberia and e-Government project, Vicki Cooper led efforts to strengthen Liberia’s health, education, and economic growth sectors through enhanced information, communication, and technology capabilities in the aftermath of the Ebola epidemic. 1. How can the global development community use lessons learned from the Ebola crisis in Liberia…
Preventing Culture from Eating Your Strategy
This blog post has been adapted from an article in Journal of Social Science & Medicine – Population Health. If you’ve worked in development for long enough, at some point you’ve scratched your head about why a technically sound strategy achieved less than expected results. As the old business adage goes, “Culture eats strategy for…
3 Takeaways from Testing the Gender Competency Framework in Ethiopia
This post was adapted from a post that originally appeared on the USAID HRH2030 program’s website. Gender sensitivity is often overlooked in the slew of daily health care inquiries directed to service providers. And yet, gender norms—how a society ascribes day-to-day roles, rights, and responsibilities to women and men—play a significant role in client-provider interactions. Reproductive…
Upcoming Webinar: Emergency Supply Chain Response
Research has shown that planning for and investing in emergency preparedness in advance – and building resilient supply chains – reduces the amount of response funds needed and allows for a quick response to control, contain, and, hopefully, stop a disease before it spreads. As COVID-19 continues to spread across the world and within countries,…
The Case for Practical Techniques for Inclusive Classrooms
While efforts to improve inclusion of learners with disabilities are gaining traction with donors and ministries of education, those efforts largely focus on identification and disability mapping to get policy into place. Approaching inclusive education solely from the lens of policy development leaves the classroom teacher and the children she serves waiting. Practical implementation of…
Recommendations for a Diverse, Sustained Health Workforce
There are simply not enough health workers to meet the basic health needs of all people worldwide. This prevents development practitioners from contributing to higher-performing health systems, as we struggle to make the most with the health professionals we have available, who are often concentrated in urban areas, working in professional silos, and failing to…
Three Models that Ensure Private Sector Engagement
This post originally appeared on Devex. Donor agencies, such as the United States Agency for International Development and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, have made private sector engagement, or PSE, a key element of their development strategies. Being more intentional about including the private sector in development is good news. Over the years,…
News: Chemonics Releases SHEA Prevention and Response Toolkit
Chemonics has launched a Sexual Harassment, Exploitation, and Abuse (SHEA) Prevention and Response Toolkit to help the development community protect people from sexual assault and to engage organizations in working and learning together to share best practice and important lessons in SHEA. The free, open-access toolkit provides organizations with a step-by-step guide on how to…
2020 Vision: Three Development Trends of the New Decade
Despite a global commitment, the U.N. estimates that countries and donors need $2.5 trillion in additional finance each year to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, official development assistance in 2018 was $153 billion. The number speaks for itself: the development community simply cannot…