Our approach uses grants and capacity building to ensure that community-based and civil society organizations receive the support they need. We provide support on effective advocacy and networking, monitoring and evaluation, public awareness, gender empowerment, youth involvement, volunteerism, and legal aid to build demand for democratic reforms. We also promote citizen awareness and action.
Civil Society, Civic Engagement, and Independent Media.
Designing Real-Time Advocacy Strategies
Charles Abani, Chief of Party for the USAID Nigeria Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement project, discusses the design of real-time advocacy strategies and the impact it can have on democratic reform.
Freedom, Rights, and Custody
Following a rocky marriage, Neema went to Women in Law and Development in Africa, a grantee of USAID’s Pamoia Twajenga project. With their legal assistance, Neema was able to claim her freedom and regain custody of her children.
Promoting Unity in Ukraine
Divisive pressures undermine political unity in Ukraine, particularly in eastern regions. Connecting citizens with their government can help.
Strengthening Somali Governance
Somalia is taking steps toward re-establishing governance with effective and accountable government institutions.
Strengthening Municipal Governance in Jordan
Jordanian communities need innovative, sustainable ways both to improve how municipalities deliver services and to develop closer relationships between citizens and the government.
Strengthening Civil Society in Tanzania
In Tanzania, civil society organizations are working to make the government more responsive and accountable.
Strengthening Civil Society Organizations in Azerbaijan
In Azerbaijan, civil society organizations (CSOs) needed significant support to achieve their goals of strengthening democratic and governance processes, improving health, and promoting economic growth.
A Stronger Justice Sector in the West Bank
As the West Bank’s justice sector becomes more transparent, citizens are becoming more engaged, recognizing their government’s improved efficiency and accountability.
Giving a Stronger Voice to Citizens in Indonesia’s Democracy
To strengthen its democracy, Indonesia needed to implement changes to offer effective representation to its citizens.
Keeping the Judicial System Honest in Ukraine
Ukraine has taken steps to improve its judicial system, which was previously criticized for not being sufficiently independent, impartial, or accountable.
A Fair and Transparent Justice Sector
As Albania continues to transition from communist rule to democratic governance, the country’s justice sector is growing increasingly efficient and transparent.
Supporting Mexico’s Approach to Protecting Human Rights
As the government of Mexico implements its National Human Rights Plan at the federal and state levels, it must address structural challenges to human rights and enhance its dialogue with civil society organizations.
Advocating for a Vocal Civil Society in Nigeria
Nigerian citizens need more tools and resources to learn how to productively contribute to reform at the local, state, and national levels.
Strengthening Civil Society Organizations in Nicaragua
Civil society organizations in Nicaragua need systematic support so they can better represent and advocate for citizens.
Paving the Way for Women in Government
Historically, women have been extremely underrepresented in the Afghan government, and as a result, they have had limited ability to shape policies and programs that directly affect them.
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…
Working the System: What We’ve Learned About Strengthening Accountability
When designing a new project, how often do we set out to strengthen a particular actor’s or institution’s ability to “hold government to account?” What does that mean exactly? Maybe the better question to ask is: what is the most effective way to strengthen accountability in our development work? And then, what does it look…
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…
Facilitating Gender Equitable Policy Reform: Four Principles
Policy reform and implementation are always a challenge for donors and implementing partners. In transitional states, this process is even more complicated by shifting incentives and priorities. A facilitative approach can overcome these challenges. We have witnessed this in Afghanistan, where the right balance of coordination and direct technical assistance is accelerating reforms to promote…
Empowering Women and Cultivating Equitable Governance in Afghanistan
Afghanistan ranks near the bottom of virtually every index measuring gender equality and empowerment. Women continue to struggle for basic rights, including gender parity in health care, education, economic opportunities, social inclusion, and political participation. Amidst a deteriorating security situation, political instability surrounding upcoming national elections, and economic volatility that is a product of both,…
Civil Society: Not Just an Advocate, but an Agent for Change
With global shifts in how to effectively address environmental protection, citizen rights, and democratic values, civil society organizations (CSOs) are increasingly seen not only as advocates, but also as facilitators between the people and the government with the power to create meaningful change. CSOs have influenced inclusive and accountable development, transforming communities, landscapes, and institutions.…
News: Chemonics Presents at the 2017 International Civil Society Week
What part should civil society play in protecting the planet? How have recent political crises put the environment at risk? How can civil society hold government institutions accountable to alleviate the resource curse? These are the kinds of questions that environmental protection and democracy and governance experts will tackle at the International Civil Society Week…
News: Technology for Development (Tech4Dev) Contest
Chemonics’ staff submitted 38 contest entries from around the world, focusing on the use of technology to enhance existing projects’ results as well as identifying promising potential technology applications that have not yet been fully tested. Winners were chosen in two categories, through a combination of staff judges and votes cast by more than 600…
5 Ps to Move Open Government Forward
Open government is critical to enhancing essential services, opening civic space, and making government more accountable to citizens. Sustainable Development Goal 16 asks the international community to aim toward building more effective, responsive, and inclusive institutions, which evidence shows lead to better development outcomes for citizens. Recently, at the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit…
Four Lessons for Sri Lanka from Bangladesh’s Right to Information Experience
Access to information is a fundamental right. More than 100 countries worldwide have adopted right to information (RTI) legislation, which are laws regulating public access to information, particularly from public institutions (sometimes referred to as access to information or freedom of information laws). These countries are increasingly recognizing the connection between good governance, accountability, and freedom of…
3 Questions with Rosa Jimenez: Prosecuting Criminals in the Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic has one of the highest crime rates in the Caribbean. In your view, what is the most pressing challenge facing the country’s criminal justice system? The essence of the problem is our low prosecution rate. As you say, the Dominican Republic is the fourth most crime-prone country in the Caribbean. Over the…
News: Chemonics Presents at #PeaceCon2016
How can development interventions effectively address the complex challenges facing communities grappling with violence? What lessons have we learned through our work in conflict and post-conflict settings? What are the tools and methods that best galvanize communities to work together to address violence and promote security and peace? The Alliance for Peacebuilding (AfP) is holding…
Trust Between Government, Civil Society Bringing More Transparency and Accountability in Tanzania
How can the global development community improve governmental transparency and accountability? This week, civil society actors and partners are gathering in Bogota to consider this question, and specifically, the role of civil society in promoting positive change while spurring accountable practices and institutions. Chemonics’ projects often engage local actors in strengthening accountability. Through these efforts,…
The Power of Artistic Creativity in Preventing Electoral Violence in Côte d’Ivoire
This post was originally published by the Alliance for Peacebuilding and is cross-posted with permission. Chemonics is honored to be an Alliance for Peacebuilding member organization. The escalation of violence in Côte d’Ivoire after the disputed 2010 presidential election led to the worst humanitarian crisis in the country’s history. Violence devastated families, with an estimated…
Mobile Money Promotes Messages of Peace in Côte d’Ivoire
This post was originally published by the Better Than Cash Alliance and is cross-posted with permission. Chemonics is a proud member of the alliance. Many Ivoirians were concerned that the 2015 presidential elections would lead to renewed conflict, particularly after the violence surrounding the elections of 2010. One successful peace-promoting initiative in the country used…
Cambodia’s Shrinking Space for Civil Society and the Role of Donors
When conducting a preliminary analysis of civil society capacity in Cambodia in September 2015, there was one topic that dominated all my meetings and interviews: the new Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations (also called LANGO). Everyone, from donors to international NGOs and local civil society organizations (CSOs), were sharing their concern about how LANGO…
News: Chemonics Participates in USAID DRG Partners’ Forum
After decades of expansion, the space for civil society is closing in many parts of the world as governments adopt increasingly restrictive measures against civil society organizations (CSOs). This year’s USAID Democracy, Human Rights and Governance (DRG) Partners Forum, which took place June 19 to 20 in Washington, D.C., brought together leading civil society experts from…