Beginning with a fertilizer marketing project in Afghanistan in 1977, our work in Asia now includes a wide variety of countries and sectors — from health services in Bangladesh to mobile banking in the Philippines to improving enterprise competitiveness in Pakistan to mitigating the effects of climate change in the Maldives. Our Asia portfolio is managed through two regional business units: our Asia business unit and our Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Afghanistan business unit.
Webinar: What is the Price of Peace? Voices of Afghan Women
As peace negotiations with the Taliban begin, the stakes are high for Afghan women. The wrong deal could unravel years of progress and leave women without a voice in their society.
Dr. Susanne Jalbert on the Price of Peace for Afghan Women
As peace negotiations continue with the Taliban in Afghanistan, the stakes could not be higher for Afghan women. The wrong deal could unravel years of progress and leave women without a voice in their own society.
How do you design an app for COVID-19 financial relief?
Chemonics’ Vice Catudio explains how the USAID E-PESO activity collaborated with the Philippine government, private sector, and communities to develop an app for quick, contactless financial relief during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dismantling Barriers to Business in Vietnam
In just one year, Vietnam rose 14 places in the World Bank Doing Business Report by improving ease of doing business in the country. Diep Nguyen of the USAID Vietnam Governance for Inclusive Growth Program explains how.
Integrating a Fresh Approach to Conservation in Bangladesh
The USAID Bangladesh Ecosystems/Protibesh Activity aims to conserve ecosystems by transforming ecosystem co-management and supporting communities, the government, and the private sector to fulfill their conservation roles.
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.
Re-Energizing the Power Sector in Sri Lanka
USAID’s Sri Lanka Energy Program partners with power sector stakeholders to help Sri Lanka’s electricity sector transition to a more secure, reliable, and sustainable system.
Balancing Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainability in Indonesia
The Sustainable Environmental Governance Across Regions activity ensures Indonesia makes progress toward meeting its development objectives by promoting biodiversity conservation and integrating inclusive economic development with sustainable land use.
Building Climate Finance Capacity in Nepal
Strengthening Nepali local governments’ ability to manage green funds can spur investment in and accelerate climate action.
A Fruitful Future for Bangladesh
Healthy market systems in Bangladesh can help agribusinesses flourish while sowing the seeds for food security.
Spurring Inclusive Growth in the Philippines
Government efficiencies and private sector reform are key for maximizing inclusive growth in the Philippines.
Transforming Economic Governance in Vietnam
Local institutions in Vietnam must be equipped with the resources needed to maximize growth.
Introducing the Rule of Law in Myanmar
Building a transparent and inclusive justice sector is a critical step to improving legal rights for Myanmar’s people in the wake of recent political transition.
Promoting Tourism in Timor-Leste
As Timor-Leste invests in an inclusive and sustainable national tourism strategy, the country is emerging as an “off-the-beaten-path” destination for adventure travelers and eco-tourists.
Improving Health and Human Capital in Bangladesh
A sustainable, gender-sensitive, pro-poor social enterprise is helping Bangladesh get closer to achieving universal health coverage.
Cutting-edge Technologies in Global Health Supply Chains
To improve access to high-quality health products worldwide, the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program-Procurement and Supply Management project employs cutting-edge technologies and industry best practices to make global health supply chains more efficient and reach more people.
Modernizing the Sri Lankan Judicial System
As Sri Lanka transitions to a more inclusive and democratic society, its government is reinforcing principles of judicial independence, accountability, and efficiency.
A Stronger Private Sector in Pakistan
Socioeconomic stabilization of vulnerable areas in Pakistan is of strategic interest and an urgent priority of the U.S. government.
Accelerating Agricultural Growth in Pakistan
In the most populated region in Pakistan, new policy and investment is giving a boost to agribusinesses and creating economic growth.
Reforming the Justice System in Indonesia
Reforms to the Indonesian justice system are bringing positive changes to the Supreme Court and Attorney General’s Office.
Elevating Pakistan’s Enterprises
With structured financial and business support, small- and medium-sized enterprises in Pakistan are reaching their full potential.
Helping Indonesian Coastal Communities Adapt to Climate Change
In Indonesia, coastal communities must adapt to climate change and remediate destructive fishing practices to protect millions of jobs and the country’s economy.
Helping the Maldives Face Climate Change
The Republic of the Maldives is determined to improve how its government and citizens prepare to deal with disasters related to climate change, such as rising sea levels and dangerous storms.
Relief Is Just an App Away in the Philippines
How does a country with a cash-based economy quickly provide subsidies during the COVID-19 pandemic and economic slowdown? In the Philippines, the government and the USAID E-PESO activity have collaborated with the private sector to create an app that provides fast financial relief to millions of people.
Love & Sustainability in the Philippines: A Journey to Self-Reliance
In the Philippines, a couple is putting 10 years of lessons learned from participating in USAID projects with Chemonics into practice. Marie Rose and Jacinto embody how development works by sustainably improving maternal and childcare in their community for generations to come.
Unlocking Innovation in Pakistan’s Private Sector
In Pakistan, promising small and medium-sized enterprises are turning their innovative ideas into reality — and improving livelihoods — with a boost from a special grant fund.
A Roadmap to Reform
In Kosovo and Vietnam, the World Bank’s Doing Business Report is providing a framework that helps governments reshape the private sector’s role in advocating for and promoting economic growth.
Trailblazers for Wildfire Preparedness in the Philippines
After a series of wildfires broke out in the Philippines, the B+WISER program is helping revamp the country’s approach to fire management.
Historic Policy Changes in Vietnam Extend Rights
As the Vietnamese economy continues to grow at a rapid pace, transgender groups are leveraging historic policy changes to break down barriers to opportunity.
A New Spin on an Old Crop
Farmers in Sri Lanka are using new techniques to revive chili production and promote economic and financial stability in the Anuradhapura District.
The Cost of Not Adapting
A recent assessment of the economic impact of climate change in Indonesia highlighted the major environmental, economic, and health challenges that the country will face from now to 2050.
Protecting Farmers Through Safe Pesticide Use in Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan farmers commonly use pesticides incorrectly, which puts them at risk. New posters are teaching farmers important messages about pesticide safety.
Harnessing Technology to Protect Forests and Biodiversity in the Philippines
Conservation efforts in the Philippines mobilize user-friendly technology and government, community, and private sector partnerships in the fight against deforestation.
Introducing Innovative Agricultural Methods in Sri Lanka
New technologies and training are helping farmers in northern and eastern Sri Lanka apply innovative agricultural methods to increase their productivity and market competitiveness.
Planning for the Unexpected
An interactive, community-led process called I-CATCH is helping coastal communities in Indonesia better prepare for the impacts of climate change.
Stronger Civil Society in Indonesia
A local women’s association is helping women access state-run microfinance programs to empower women in Indonesia.
Building Resilience to Climate Change in Indonesia
Indonesian coastal communities are developing management tools to ensure the health of their fisheries and build resilience to climate change.
Food Quality Helps Ensure Mongolia’s Economic Future
For the first time in Mongolia, a comprehensive food safety and quality assurance program has been launched in response to private sector demands as a result of the issues of food-borne illness in food manufacturing and food safety management.
Chemonics International and EPRI Collaborate to Drive Clean Energy Innovation Around the World
Chemonics International and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) have entered a formal agreement bringing together decades of international development expertise and technical know-how to advance technology solutions underpinning the clean energy transition. Under this agreement, the organizations will begin work immediately on the recently awarded USAID Sri Lanka Energy Program. This program will support…
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…
Development Works Here with Matthew Mendis
We’d like you to meet Matthew Mendis! Matthew is the managing director of the Chemonics Energy Group. In this video, Matthew discusses his path to working in development and the clean energy sector, why he’s excited to work on USAID’s Sri Lanka Energy Program, the importance of renewable energy to curb climate change, and what…
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,…
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’…
From Excel to Excellent: Timor-Leste Readies for a New Health Worker Training Information System
This post was originally published by the Human Resources for Health in 2030 (HRH2030) program, and is cross posted with permission. Abilio Soares is the former senior technical lead for HRH2030’s Timor-Leste activity. Andrea Poling is the Deputy Project Director for HRH2030, based at Chemonics. On February 1st, 2021, the USAID Human Resources for Health in 2030…
Combatting Human Trafficking During COVID-19
Human traffickers prey on people in crisis, and the global economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated public health restrictions have left many people desperate for necessities and vulnerable to deceptive and unscrupulous economic exploitation. At least in Myanmar, people are becoming increasingly desperate for employment and are willing to overlook known risks of…
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…
News: USAID Awards “Digis” to Two Projects Implemented by Chemonics
The USAID Awards for Digital Development (“the Digis”) recognize projects and activities that apply digital technologies and data-driven approaches to meet development objectives. In 2020, projects implemented by Chemonics earned two of the five Digis USAID awarded from a pool of 140 applications. Among this year’s winners, the Pakistan Small and Medium Enterprise Activity (SMEA)…
Building a Financial Services Market Where There Wasn’t One
Emerging economies such as Colombia, Philippines, and South Africa offer sophisticated financial sectors that historically failed to reach marginalized groups. In Colombia specifically, this left rural areas largely unbanked and excluded from the broader economy, after decades of war. In four years, USAID/Colombia’s Rural Finance Initiative (RFI) — implemented by Chemonics — has linked more…
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…
Our Shared Responsibility: Combatting Sexual Violence through Prevention and Response
A recent study conducted in the United States found that 81 percent of women and 41 percent of men have experienced some form of sexual harassment or abuse in their lifetime. While limited data makes it difficult to quantify the global scale of sexual violence, stories of street and workplace harassment across the world are…
Despite Challenges, Urban Microgrids Increase Resilience
Urban microgrids are high on the global development agenda. They are attractive for many reasons, most recently for their relevance to climate change adaptation and mitigation. They have proven resilient to extreme weather events, and, because they create commercial opportunities for low-carbon generation technology, they can reduce greenhouse gases from the urban sector in the…
Coding ‘Thinking and Working Politically’ into a Project’s DNA
For decades, the international development community has struggled to prove its effectiveness by ensuring that programs deliver politically viable solutions that respond to locally led processes. Guaranteeing these principles is a shared responsibility between donors and implementers. While donors need to shed the straitjackets of untested theories of change, pre-established project activities, and onerous reporting…
News: Innovation, Technology, and Advancing the SDGs at ICT4D 2019
Digital technology has had a profound impact on global development across sectors and in many parts of the world. From April 30 to May 3, public, private, and civil society organizations from more than 80 countries will convene for the 2019 Information and Communications Technology for Development (ICT4D) Conference in Kampala, Uganda. Now in its…
The Politics of Biodiversity: Two Experiences with Thinking and Working Politically
What do forest and species loss have to do with politics? A great deal, in fact. Conserving and protecting natural resources involves a complex set of power dynamics, interests, and economies — licit and illicit — that affect how a program can operate within an existing local system. Biodiversity programming must embrace a Thinking and…
News: USAID and Chemonics Selected as Government Innovation Awards Winners
Chemonics updated this story on September 9, 2019. The transformative power of information technology (IT) infiltrates the day-to-day lives of people around the world — from the once-remote communities who now embrace social media to the youth who were excluded from finance but are now using mobile money. Across geographical borders and technical sectors, IT…
Learning from the Past: 3 Lessons for Future Water Partnerships
Safe and reliable access to water is a fundamental prerequisite for development. Despite gains made in improving water management and increasing access to water around the world, service providers continue to confront technical and financial resource deficits. International donors are increasingly highlighting the investment gap for infrastructure and services as a key impediment to achieving…
Equipping for Expected and…Unexpected Outcomes: The Convergence of Economic Growth and Governance
Sustainable development requires attention to the multiple dimensions of economic, political, and social complexities, all of which interconnect. We know from our own experience that economic growth leads to changes in society and, thereby, corresponding changes in the relationships among government, private sector, social structures, and institutions. For example, increased international trade is likely to…
From the Philippines to Colombia: Three Insights to Bridge the Usage Gap in Financial Services
What are the barriers to usage of digital financial services? What are the most effective ways to drive uptake? Modern financial solutions, spurred by internet and mobile access, present an important opportunity to make transactions more efficient. These digital innovations can save time and transportation costs for bank and client alike while building credit history…