Chemonics is committed to including groups that have historically faced discrimination or marginalization. For example, we advocate for indigenous people’s rights, the rights of ethnic, linguistic, and religious minorities, and social cohesion. We work to ensure that staff and implementing partners respect the rights of minority groups and engage them as authentic partners. We strive to address the systemic challenges and disadvantages faced by these communities, and we work with them through representative organizations, key leaders, and individuals with these lived experiences to ensure their contributions are built into program design and program results.
Inclusion of Minority Groups.
Faces of Financial Inclusion: Developing Financial Alternatives for Indigenous Groups
The Colombia Rural Finance Initiative provided training and financial software to support Rotary Funds as a financial alternative for indigenous business owners in the Nasa Community.
Inclusive Program Design for Indigenous Communities in Colombia
Staff from the USAID Colombia Natural Wealth program and the Colombia Rural Finance Initiative discuss how each project designed their activities to be inclusive of indigenous communities.
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…
3 Questions with Cecilia Barraza on Leveraging Mobile Apps for Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Response During COVID-19
Colombia, like other countries, implemented stay-at-home measures and restricted certain social services to limit the spread of COVID-19 beginning in mid-March 2020. Women and girls have disproportionately faced increased risks of experiencing gender-based violence (GBV) due to the socioeconomic fallout, and women in Colombia often lack consistent and reliable pathways to report violence. In response,…
Demonstrating Leadership for Racial Equality in Development
This post originally appeared on Devex. It’s clear that the United States, along with countries around the world, is reckoning with systems of racial inequality. Chemonics and many other organizations in and outside of the development community are examining and taking action to uproot racism in their headquarters, through their processes, and in the communities…
Leveraging Your Company’s ERG: How to Partner with Global LGBTI Civil Society Organizations
As countries around the world grapple with the COVID-19 health crisis, the downstream economic and social impacts are particularly devastating for populations that already exist within the margins of society, including those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI). In many countries, the pandemic has amplified the stigma, discrimination, violence, and deprivation…