At Chemonics, we believe that those who have the least, deserve our best. And from our decades of experience working in nearly 150 countries around the world, we know that effective governance and accountable institutions are critical to alleviating poverty and achieving sustainable results in all sectors. So we partner with governments, civil society organizations (CSOs), the independent media, and local communities to strengthen democratic governance systems. We help prevent crime and violence in Mexico by improving government capacity at the federal, state, and municipal levels. And we ensure governance participation of women, people with disabilities, and youth in Nigeria. Our programs pursue a higher standard of transparency and accountability of leaders and institutions, and they protect and promote universal human rights.
Democracy and Governance.
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 Unity in Ukraine
Divisive pressures undermine political unity in Ukraine, particularly in eastern regions. Connecting citizens with their government can help.
Supporting the Peruvian Government to Promote Alternatives to Coca
Peru is making significant strides in reducing coca production in rural communities. Yet, solidifying these gains and helping increase effective state presence and viable economic opportunities is still a major challenge.
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.
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.
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.
Building Peace in Libya
It is important to build stability and resiliency through civic engagement and community dialogue in Libya.
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.
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.
Establishing a Land Market in Tajikistan
Tajikistan is pursuing its next stage in land reform: establishing a land market to ensure the orderly transfer of land rights.
Creating A Safer Honduras
To reduce crime and violence in Honduras, communities need resources and governmental support that ensure citizen security in the areas of greatest need.
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.
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.
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.
Ensuring Sustainable Peace in Colombia
An effective, inclusive, and responsive justice system is essential to Colombia’s peace process, especially in conflict-affected regions.
Strengthening Civil Society in Tanzania
In Tanzania, civil society organizations are working to make the government more responsive and accountable.
Strengthening Interethnic Cooperation in Kosovo
Kosovo Serbs and other minority populations must be further integrated into the country’s institutions and society to help the country become more stable.
Protecting Human Rights in Colombia
The government of Colombia and its civil society organizations needed support to develop policies and practices that increase human rights protections.
Stop, Look, and Listen! Preventing Recruitment of Youth into Illicit Activities in Southern Colombia
This post originally appeared on Harvard’s Center for International Development’s Building State Capability program’s blog. The authors successfully completed the 15-week Practice of Problem Driven Iterative Adaptation online course. This is their story. As development practitioners, we tend to rush in with solutions to deal with complex problems. We impose so-called best practices without digging…
Harnessing Technology to Address Gross Human Rights Violations
For the past decade, Mexico has faced a serious human rights crisis. More than 35,000 people have gone missing since 2006, their whereabouts still unknown. The National Commission of Human Rights has documented several alarming, unlawful killings of civilians by Mexican security forces without any authorities being charged. And torture continues to be a common…
Can We Actually Think and Work Politically?
Development is not working — at least not at the scale or pace needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. This is the central, fact-based premise behind calls and movements to do development differently from host-country recipients of aid, international organizations, donors, and implementing partners. Such calls emphasize adaptive, locally-owned, problem-solving approaches to tackle chronic development challenges.…
Best of the Blog 2018
Check out our countdown to the most popular posts from 2018:* 10. Making Development Dollars Go Further By Spencer Parsons and Gabriel Gonzalez-Kreisberg It will require an extra $2.5 trillion to achieve the SDGs. Can the development community find creative ways to fill that gap? 9. How Can Countries Pay for Their Health Systems? Supply Chains Might…
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,…
Increasing Resiliency in the Face of Disaster: Four Best Practices
As Category 4 Hurricane Florence barreled toward the Southeast of the United States last week, preliminary damage estimates indicated 758,000 homes across three states could be impacted. Reconstruction costs were estimated at $170.2 billion. Despite the dire forecast and its associated challenges, however, the United States is one of the countries most prepared to respond…
Connecting the Dots: How the Open Government Partnership and USAID’s Journey to Self-Reliance Go Hand in Hand
The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a multilateral initiative launched in 2011 which supports countries in consulting with local civil society to develop national action plans which focus on commitments to reforms that strengthen governance by promoting transparency, empowering citizens, and fighting corruption. The annual OGP Summit in Tbilisi, Georgia, which took place on July…
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…
Beyond a Buzzword: What Thinking and Working Politically Looks Like in Practice
Thinking and Working Politically (TWP) is all the buzz these days, with political economy analysis (PEA) being included in tenders, and project designs across sectors. But what does TWP-PEA look like beyond design, as an integral part of implementation? During program design and even start-up, PEAs can provide recommendations while acknowledging context complexities, actors and…
News: Charting a New Course at #DevexWorld
How can the development community bring stakeholders together to achieve the SDGs? What does a successful public-private partnership look like in today’s development landscape? These are some of the questions that Devex World aims to tackle on June 12 in Washington, D.C. Chemonics is proud to be a Changemaker Partner this year, sharing insight from…
Taking Those First Steps into Citizen Security Programming
In response to increasing security challenges worldwide, the international donor community is placing greater emphasis on citizen security programming. Citizen security can be defined as “the process of establishing, strengthening and protecting democratic civic order, eliminating threats of violence in a population and allowing for safe and peaceful coexistence.” As one example, the U.S. government strategy for…
How Can We Reduce Corruption if Integrity is a Personal Choice?
African governments have contested elections on a platform of ridding the country of corruption for many years. They berate predecessors for not doing enough, when they have no tangible plans for addressing corruption’s root cause, the lack of integrity. If a lack of integrity is the root cause of corruption, then it is important to…
Don’t Fight the System: 3 Steps to Apply the Local Systems Framework
Imagine you are in a neighborhood. In this neighborhood, there is a corner where young people gather every night to drink. We would call them “at-risk youth.” These are young guys who have dropped out of school, and the local priest decides that he is worried about them. The priest forms a basketball team that…
The Case of Jordan: Empowering Municipalities to Improve Public Service Delivery
This post originally appeared on UrbanLinks. Quick infusions of public services are usually a surefire way for local officials to increase their political capital. But pushing through reforms that spur longer-term economic development and strengthen community cohesion is often much harder to accomplish amid competing priorities. In Jordan, USAID’s Cities Implementing Transparent Innovative and Effective…
Thinking and Working Politically to Strengthen Agricultural Market Systems
Down-and-dirty politics and political roadblocks have thwarted the success of agricultural development projects for decades. To achieve greater success, we need to consider how we can better understand and break down such blocks. Whether we like it or not, international development efforts are inherently political. Within the agriculture sector, the relationships and power dynamics among…
News: Chemonics Announces New Corporate Diversity and Inclusion Director
Chemonics International has named Francesca Molinaro director of corporate diversity and inclusion. Molinaro joins Chemonics with more than 18 years of experience designing and implementing strategic diversity and inclusion (D&I), leadership and organizational development and change management initiatives. She has a strong consulting background with vast experience in the international development sector. In this newly…
4 Best Practices to Counter and Prevent Violent Extremism Through Governance
Despite the recent weakening of violent extremist groups such as the Islamic State and Boko Haram, these threats continue to be a pressing global issue. In the development sector, countering violent extremism (CVE) and preventing violent extremism (PVE) are increasingly high priorities for government agencies and donors. As USAID, the State Department, and others grapple…