Connecting Space to Village
Science, satellites, and information technology are transforming how countries manage critical development challenges such as climate resilience and environmental management.
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.
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.
Strengthening Human Resources for Health Worldwide
In many low- and middle-income countries, health systems face shortages of qualified health workers, and decision-makers lack the data and tools needed to optimize existing resources.
Using Evidence-Based Analysis for a Food-Secure World
An early warning system that provides timely data and evidence-based analysis helps the international community identify and respond to populations that lack access to safe and nutritious food.
Sharing Financial Sector Knowledge
In the face of globalization, countries worldwide must strengthen and deepen their financial systems to achieve growth and alleviate poverty.
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.
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.
Making Vaccines More Visible
By expanding the reach of its vaccine management information system, Pakistan is poised to increase immunization coverage and save thousands of lives from preventable diseases through greater data visibility.
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.
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.
Closing the Gap in HIV
A new tool from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), tested in Malawi and Zambia, brings the HIV landscape into focus by unearthing data to address current staffing challenges in HIV healthcare facilities.
A New View of Nutrition
With an expanded focus on nutrition, FEWS NET provides food security analysis that is valuable for short-term relief and long-term development solutions.
Critical Role of Female Community Health Workers Warrants Recognition
When the government of Bangladesh, a country with high rates of maternal mortality, invested in midwifery training programs in 2015, many of the newly minted midwives from the first cohort headed to Cox’s Bazar to provide services to thousands of Rohingya refugees fleeing deadly violence in Myanmar. Though female community health workers (FCHWs) operate in…
Creating Space for Youth to Thrive: A Philosophy on Youth Development
The celebration of International Youth Day today, August 12, calls for the global development community to reflect on its work with young people across sectors. In this spirit, Chemonics is excited to share our corporate philosophy on youth development — the foundational tenets on which we build our work and the core areas in which…
What the Global Fragility Act Could Mean for Development Investments
This post originally appeared on Devex. The Global Fragility Act requires the U.S. government, in collaboration with civil society, to develop a 10-year strategy to enhance stability and to reduce violence and fragility globally. The GFA — recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and up for a full vote by the Senate —…
3 Ways to Combat Aggressive Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes
Between the 1930s and 1970s, breastfeeding rates in developed countries declined 56 percent, caused in large part to aggressive advertising and promotion of breast milk substitutes. Companies selling formula used aggressive marketing tactics to make new mothers and health-care workers switch from exclusive breastfeeding, which is recommended by the WHO and UNICEF for the first…
The Journey to Better Development: Financial Sector Tools Worth Revisiting
If we’re going to make development dollars go further, we need to build on and learn from our experiences as implementors. Recognizing this, we revisited several frequently requested economic growth resources produced by Chemonics, our partners, and USAID through the USAID Financial Sector Knowledge Sharing Project (FS Share), which closed in 2012. While reviewing the…
3 Ways to Better Protect Medicine Quality and Safety in Supply Chains
Medicines distributed at health facilities in small towns in Mauritania, large cities in Nigeria, and remote areas in Cambodia take a long journey to get there. It all starts with the manufacturers that produce them — many of which are based as far away as China or India. Once they have been produced by the…
Stigmatized for 2,535 Days
Women menstruate an average of 2,535 days of their lives, according to Dr. Julitta Onabanjo of the United Nations Population Fund. That’s 2,535 days in which many women experience increased stigma, isolation, and hardship. There are many countries that are working to address this reality through the support of local partners and donors, but there…
Land and Property Rights Meet the SDGs: Reflections from the 2019 World Bank Land and Poverty Conference
It appears the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are wobbling along fitfully, and the general consensus among attendees at this year’s annual World Bank Land and Poverty Conference seemed to be that we’re not on track to meet our goals related to land and property rights. This year’s conference offered a smorgasbord of lessons learned, applied…
News: Chemonics at the 72nd World Health Assembly
Every year, the World Health Assembly — the decision-making body of the World Health Organization —convenes to explore the top issues on the global health agenda. During the 72nd Session of the World Health Assembly, Chemonics looks forward to joining international stakeholders for side events that elevate the visibility of these issues, from universal health…
News: Chemonics Celebrates U.K. Launch
Chemonics will hold multi-day events to formally launch its work in the United Kingdom. President and CEO Susanna Mudge and members of Chemonics’ board of directors, executive management team, and technical practice leads are in London for the events and to introduce the company to the U.K. development community. While the international development consulting firm…
Beginning the D&I Journey: 5 Questions to Ask
Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Execute a few simple steps. Do it again and again and … poof, success! While this formulaic approach may work for some organizational processes, the path toward a successful diversity and inclusion (D&I) program for your workplace can be nonlinear and messy. For those of us who have worked in this arena,…
3 Questions with Jeff Wuorinen on Chemonics’ Entry into the U.K. Development Community
Jeff Wuorinen is the senior vice president of Chemonics’ U.K. Division. He oversees all aspects of development program design and delivery for U.K. clients, including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development (DFID). He also leads engagement with British and regional suppliers, particularly small businesses, NGOs, and academic institutions. 1. Why…
Collaboration for Disability-Inclusive Health Care: Now’s Our Moment
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 15 to 20 percent of people globally have a disability and 80 percent of them live in a developing country. This means that more than 900 million people with disabilities live in a low- or middle-income setting. These individuals face a variety of barriers, including restrictive and stigmatizing…
A Voice for Midwives is a Voice for Progress
Several years ago, a colleague was telling me about his efforts to introduce a new family planning method in one of the countries he worked in. “The women just weren’t interested in this method,” he said, frustrated. Initially, he and his team of experts couldn’t figure out why. They’d done a lot of legwork to…
5 Reasons We Need Automation to Continually Improve Supply Chains
In global health supply chains, the geographic spread of delivery is often vast, the diseases we respond to are complex, and the potential risks for public health emergencies or supply chain interruptions are ever-present. This makes continual improvement that much more critical. Chemonics recognized this critical need in 2015 with the award of the $9.5…
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…
Disability Measurement Challenges: Not an Excuse to Delay Inclusive Education
According to the World Report on Disability, more than one billion people (15 percent of the world’s population), have a disability, and most children with disabilities in low- and middle-income countries have limited to no access to education. Though staggering, this statistic is likely higher because we have a hard time measuring disability. As a…
News: Chemonics Takes “A Critical Look at Health Systems Thinking”
In the global development community, there is a growing call to design and implement interventions that take a more holistic view of the health system. Systems thinking makes this possible and allows donors and implementing partners to better understand the interactions, behaviors, and effects within the wider health system. On March 14, Chemonics hosted Beyond…
Partnering with Faith-based Organizations to Achieve Health for All
To achieve health for all, the global health community needs the participation of everyone working in the health system: public, private, or not-for-profit. Often global health programming focuses on public sector health systems. But, by some accounts, faith-based organizations deliver between 30 and 70 percent of health services across sub-Saharan Africa. To provide equitable and accessible health services…
News: Chemonics Announces New Executive Vice President
Chemonics International has named Anna Slother as executive vice president, one of the leading executive roles at the international development consulting firm. Ms. Slother brings 20 years of experience in operations, human resource management, and program management within the development sector to the position. Her development experience throughout the Middle East, North Africa, Europe, and…