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.
Nana Pipia: Head of the Strawberry Association
New Economic Opportunities grant funds helped a Georgian strawberry farming association adopt modern production practices and expand their operations.
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.
Promoting Sustainable Agriculture in Afghanistan
Afghanistan is working to strengthen the agriculture sector in western provinces, where a significant portion of the population relies on farming and agribusinesses.
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.
Taking an Economic Step Forward
To overcome decades of war and economic devastation, Afghanistan must promote trade by expanding access to markets and creating jobs.
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)…
Lasting Peace in Afghanistan Powered by Broad-based Economic Growth
This post originally appeared on Devex. As negotiations between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban raise hopes for peace, it remains as important to stay focused on what comes next. It is time to start thinking about, and working toward, prosperity and the conditions that will ensure the entire country can realize the dividends from…
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…
News: Chemonics Invests in Young Innovators’ Promising Development Solutions
On Tuesday, November 12, Chemonics awarded two teams of young problem-solvers with funding and ongoing support to continue development of their innovative solutions for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Presented by Chemonics’ Executive Vice President Jamey Butcher, the award was part of the company’s commitment as lead scale partner of the UNLEASH global innovation…
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…
News: Chemonics Welcomes New Agriculture and Food Security Practice Director
Chemonics is pleased to announce Garron Hansen as its new Agriculture and Food Security Practice director. Mr. Hansen is an accomplished agriculture, economic growth, and private sector development professional with nearly two decades of experience. Before joining Chemonics, Mr. Hansen served as a program officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Agriculture Development team,…
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…