Through market systems strengthening, micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) development, and entrepreneurship promotion, Chemonics helps to create, grow, and sustain businesses that stimulate economic growth. Using a facilitation approach, we work with local businesses and services providers to improve market linkages, foster innovation and product development, and increase access to new or improved technologies. We work alongside entrepreneurs to improve their access to capital, enhance their technical skills and knowledge, and strengthen the sustainability of high-quality business development services — all of which leads to increases in enterprises, jobs, and incomes.
Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development.
Vila Roz: Supporting Rural Tourism in Moldova
A grant from the Moldova Competitiveness Project allowed a retired seamstress to supplement her pension by opening a guesthouse. Projects like these increase local employment and boost rural tourism in Moldova.
Producer Associations in Colombia
Responding to the violence and instability brought by coca cultivation, associations in Anorí, Colombia created a plan to return to responsible farming, resulting in an improved economy, reduced violence, and an empowered community.
Growing Uganda’s Investment Ecosystem
The USAID Uganda Strategic Investment Activity strives to improve the livelihoods of underrepresented and marginalized people by accelerating private investment in the country’s agriculture, health, and energy sectors.
Promoting Innovation Through New Technologies in Moldova
The USAID Moldova Future Technologies Activity (FTA) builds upon 15 years of work in economic competitiveness by connecting local innovative sectors to global markets.
Addressing Instability Through Inclusive, Community-Based Development
The Iraq Durable Communities and Economic Opportunities activity mitigates instability by promoting inclusive community development, generating employment opportunities, and promoting business entrepreneurship.
Matchmaking Businesses and Investors in DRC
Driving inclusive growth in eastern DRC will require private investment in the region’s promising businesses.
Developing Sustainable Tourism in Bosnia and Herzegovina
A comprehensive approach to tourism can improve Bosnia and Herzegovina’s economy and foster social harmony.
Transforming Jordan’s Recycling Industry
Waste recycling services in Jordan constitute a viable commercial opportunity for Jordan’s private and public sectors to increase the competitiveness of recycling and invigorate the circular economy.
Sowing Stronger Markets in Kyrgyzstan
With stronger markets in place, Kyrgyzstan’s agricultural-led economy can flourish.
Generating Jobs and Growth in Tunisia
Economic and political stability in Tunisia hinges on sustainable employment opportunities.
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.
Toward a More Competitive Economy in Ukraine
Through a broad-based economy and the ability to compete in international markets, Ukraine is on a path to increased economic power and political independence.
Promoting Private Sector Employment in Lebanon
A stronger business environment for private enterprises in Lebanon will help increase employment opportunities for Lebanese citizens.
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.
Building Economic Opportunities in Georgia
By focusing on economic development in rural communities, Georgia was able to reduce poverty levels and improve food security for thousands of people.
Supporting Economic Development in Serbia
Serbia improved its economy by strengthening local economic administrative processes and by encouraging citizens to participate more actively in economic affairs.
Strengthening Jordan’s Economy Through Tourism
With millions of people visiting Jordan each year, the government recognized that the tourism industry is a major asset to Jordan’s economy and should be strengthened.
Stronger and Healthier Households in Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan farmers are getting linked with buyers, financing, training, and inputs to sustainably increase incomes and improve nutrition in an effort to improve the livelihoods of vulnerable populations.
Fostering the Growth of Salvadoran Small and Medium Enterprises
Employing more than one-third of El Salvador’s workforce, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) play a critical role in the country’s economic stability.
Improving Industry Competitiveness in Moldova
Key industries in Moldova, including textiles, information and technology, and wine, have grown more competitive, allowing Moldovan enterprises to better position themselves in markets at home and abroad.
Contributing to Growth and Resilience in Georgia
From armed conflict to civil unrest to transport obstructions, Georgia has faced numerous obstacles to economic growth and now aims to create a stronger business environment.
Boosting Business in Moldova
Since the ratification of two trade agreements in 2014, Moldova has been making steps to better position its brands and take greater advantage of its duty-free access to some of the world’s most prosperous markets.
A Stronger Tourism Sector in Jordan
Beyond enriching the lives of millions of visitors every year, the tourism sector plays a critical role in Jordan’s economy and requires structured support to achieve its full potential.
The Case for Youth Engagement in the Program Design Process
As global development professionals, we need to recognize that today’s world leaders don’t fit the narrow definitions of previous generations. We typically think of leaders as those with long-established power, while we ignore influential, often young, individuals like small-scale farmers and healthcare workers, community organizers and policy advocates. Today, integrating youth engagement in program design…
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)…
3 Lessons for Empowering Youth to Drive Sustainable Change Through Innovation
Join UNLEASH and Chemonics during the closing event of the upcoming Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit on October 29 at 10:15 a.m. EDT to observe our innovation skills-building session with youth attendees and listen to testimonials about how targeted investment in youth has led to sustainable development outcomes. Currently, half of the world’s population is…
She Is an Agripreneur: Enabling Female Entrepreneurship in Agribusiness
Rapid urbanization in developing countries is shifting demand for agricultural goods. Meanwhile, the digitization of value chains is generating more transparent information on the pricing and movement of goods. These changes within food systems open windows of opportunity for agripreneurship — that is, entrepreneurship in the agriculture sector — both on the farm and beyond…
News: Building Resilience Through Market Systems: Chemonics Presents at SEEP 2019
How can we forge better partnerships to drive agricultural productivity, incomes, and nutrition? How can we use data to empower people and foster resilience? What are the best ways to engage the private sector to make financial services inclusive? Chemonics will discuss these questions and more at the 2019 Small Enterprise Education and Promotion (SEEP)…
3 Questions with Roula Moussa on Private Sector Engagement in Lebanon
Roula Moussa is the CEO and founder of Netways. In 2017, she created DiasporaID, a digital platform that connects and promotes collaboration among Lebanese diaspora communities worldwide. As a partner under the USAID Asia and Middle East Economic Growth Best Practices (AMEG) program, Roula shares her experience pitching and scaling DiasporaID to USAID and recommends…
Maximizing the Power of Climate Data by Building Trust
This post originally appeared on the SEEP blog. As the frequency and magnitude of climate-related hazards increases, these changes are affecting people’s livelihoods — particularly those of rural and vulnerable populations — more than ever. In response to this challenge, climate data can be employed in program design to foster greater resilience for livelihoods at…
3 Questions with Najib Seguya on Pay-for-Results Financing
This post originally appeared on Marketlinks. Najib Seguya of the Feed the Future Uganda Youth Leadership in Agriculture (YLA) activity’s Strategic Activities Fund team discusses key considerations to keep in mind when designing a pay-for-results (PfR) program, also known as performance-based financing. Alex Tekakwo, Anthony Nyende, and Sara Tohamy also contributed to this interview. 1.…
To Respond to the Venezuelan Migration Crisis, Let’s Also Tap the Private Sector
Globally, new momentum is building for the private sector’s participation in alleviating migration crises worldwide and supporting migrants’ and refugees’ integration. From investing in migrant-owned businesses to engaging a migrant workforce or securing resources for optimal basic service delivery for migrants and host communities, private sector engagement offers unique avenues for helping to solve migration…
Development Works Here with Razan Quossous
We’d like you to meet Razan Quossous! Razan is an economic growth expert with 20 years of experience, including private sector development and increasing access to finance. Now the business enabling environment component leader for a tourism project in Jordan, Razan shares her insights on how development work can spur economic growth to improve lives.…
A New Solution for Advancing Criminal Justice in Latin America
Nearly half of Latin American countries rank among the nations with the highest impunity scores worldwide, suggesting that criminal justice systems lack resources to prosecute and try crimes effectively in a context of widespread crime and violence. Yet, Latin America has the partners, the resources, and the interest to tap one promising solution to the…
Building the Tech Workforce through Private Sector Engagement
Many countries find themselves facing “brain drain” — mass exodus of bright young minds seeking greater opportunities for employment abroad. In the small European country Moldova, for instance, one third of the population has left to find living wages elsewhere. Fortunately, engaging the private sector in technology-related workforce development projects offers a sustainable, market-based solution.…
3 Questions with Cynthia Steen on Transforming Moldova’s Agriculture Sector
Cynthia Steen serves as chief of party of the USAID Moldova High Value Agriculture Activity (HVAA) and has previously led agribusiness and enterprise development projects in multiple countries, including Egypt, Albania, Jamaica, Lebanon, Ethiopia, and Indonesia. HVAA is successfully demonstrating production, post-harvest, and marketing techniques to make Moldova a more competitive exporter, creating sustainable opportunities…
Drones Present Modern Solution for Heritage Wine Industry
With nearly 150,000 hectares of vineyards, the small nation of Moldova has one of the largest densities of vineyards in the world. Here, the wine industry is a cultural touchstone with a history stretching back thousands of years. It forms the backbone of the rural economy, providing income for more than 250,000 people and more…
News: Chemonics Gears Up for Major Conferences
As the development community continues working towards the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we look to the global economy to advance our efforts. We know that we will not achieve many of the SDGs without increasing employment opportunities for the world’s population, especially women and youth. How are we responding to the growing demand for…
Securing our Future: Partnerships for Youth
Getting the global economy on track to reap a demographic dividend, create prosperity, protect the planet, and eliminate extreme poverty will be difficult unless governments, international donors, businesses, and practitioners work together to harness the economic aspirations of youth. A recent study by the International Labour Organization shows that 13.6 percent of youth, or more…
Can Robotics Curb Brain Drain in Moldova?
This activity was one of four winners of Chemonics’ recent Market Systems and Youth Enterprise Development Innovation Contest within the youth enterprise track. This post originally appeared on Marketlinks. When thousands of youth are migrating abroad to seek better employment opportunities, how do you provide a viable economic alternative to encourage them to stay, develop their skills,…
News: Four Innovations for Market Systems and Youth Enterprise Development
Identifying solutions that work is a fundamental challenge in international development. To uncover effective approaches, Chemonics held the Market Systems and Youth Enterprise Development Innovation Contest in February and March 2018. The goal of the contest was to find inclusive, adaptable, and sustainable models of market systems development and youth enterprise development. Entries were judged…
Investing in Youth Entrepreneurs: De-Risking a Risky Business
Every year, the World Bank brings together youth entrepreneurs to share their projects and ideas at the World Bank Youth Summit. At this year’s gathering, one critical question was repeatedly discussed: What is the most important thing the World Bank Group should do to support young people? The youth entrepreneurs responded with a resounding consensus that,…
News: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism
How can strong partnerships support sustainable tourism around the world? What roles should international development practitioners, financial organizations, governments, and the private sector play in tourism development? These are the kinds of questions that participants will tackle at the Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism, which takes place from November 27…
News: Farmers Don’t Exist in a Vacuum: Leveraging Intermediaries to Make Market Systems Work Better for All
To feed the world’s 7.5 billion people and help smallholder farmers earn a decent living, development programs often focus on teaching farmers better production techniques. From promoting irrigation to encouraging proper pesticide use, helping farmers to produce a larger harvest is a tried and true method to increase food security and incomes. Yet farmers do…
News: Chemonics Helps Foster Economic Opportunity at the India-Afghanistan Trade and Investment Show
New Delhi, India: Beginning Wednesday, September 27, the Passage to Prosperity: India-Afghanistan Trade and Investment Show will bring together more than 1,000 public and private sector participants for a three-day trade and investment event. The purpose of the trade show is to support Afghan producers in expanding their exports to Indian markets. Creating opportunities for Afghan products…
10 Lessons Learned for Facilitating an Inclusive Agricultural Market System
Agriculture is vital to the continued diversification of Nigeria’s economy and to rural prosperity and food security for all Nigerians. The country’s agricultural market system is exceedingly complex. Building the sector requires a systems approach that encompasses entire targeted value chains. All links are important. Without a link to a profitable source of market demand,…
Tourism and Conservation: Rethinking the Paradigm
Due to its sheer size and potential, sustainable tourism — travel that attempts to benefit a destination’s economy, environment, and society — has become an essential element of nearly any economic development strategy in emerging economies around the world. You’ve probably seen the stats: Worldwide, travel and tourism contribute 10.2 percent of GDP, are third…