We work with stakeholders to design innovative solutions and leverage technology that will address complex development challenges. Our approach involves co-generating ideas, transforming them into pilots or prototypes, and testing and scaling these solutions to ensure they are both functional and meaningful. We shape our use of technology based on the Principles for Digital Development: We prioritize understanding the existing ecosystem and design sustainable solutions that keep the end user in mind. Through these investments, we are committed to making innovation an integral part of everything we do.
Innovation and Technology.
Connecting Space to Village
Science, satellites, and information technology are transforming how countries manage critical development challenges such as climate resilience and environmental management.
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.
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.
Creating Economic Growth in Haiti
Investing in Haiti's agriculture sector helped to modernize agriculture, reduce flooding threats, and create strong linkages between farmer organizations and private enterprises.
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.
Improving Literacy in Zambia
Improving literacy among Zambia’s children is necessary to improve their financial futures and the country’s achievements.
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.
Delivering Family Health Services in Rwanda
Rwanda made great strides in improving its previously faltering health care system, but family health services still had a long way to go.
Energizing Farming and Agribusiness in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Aiming to enter the European Union, Bosnia and Herzegovina must improve the economic value of the agriculture sector.
Advancing Land Policy in Rwanda
With the highest population density in Africa, Rwanda needs to take action to improve its land policies and teach citizens to understand the legal framework for land governance.
Investing in Afghanistan’s Future
Supporting and training micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises in Afghanistan, which comprise 80 percent of the labor force, has strengthened the country’s financial sector.
Creating Opportunities for Youth in Agriculture
Uganda, which has the second-youngest population in the world, is creating economic opportunities for youth in the agriculture sector.
Strengthening Maize, Bean, and Coffee Value Chains in Uganda
Although the vast majority of Ugandans earn their incomes from farming, the sector only generates about 20 percent of the country’s gross domestic product.
Education Innovations in Tajikistan
By creating a strong foundation in schools that reinforces the value of reading, Tajikistan aims to position young children for lifelong success.
New Lessons in Indonesia’s Higher Education System
Because the strength of Indonesia’s education system is vital to its economic and social growth, the Indonesian government has focused on improving the country’s institutions of higher education.
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.
Changing Agriculture Policy in Ghana
In Ghana, policymakers want to improve the agricultural sector, but first they must identify and implement the correct policy reforms to achieve that goal.
An Alternative to Cash in the Philippines
The Philippines is shifting from a cash-based economy to an electronic one to create a more efficient and transparent financial system.
Saving Biodiversity in the Philippines
With sustainable financing, enhanced-forest and protected-area management have turned the tide in the Philippines by promoting biodiversity and forest conservation.
News: Partnering to Improve Lives in Frontier Economies
The Frontier Economies Logistics Lab (FELL) meeting will convene more than 100 forward-thinking supply chain leaders from the private sector, academia, and global development community to exchange ideas and harness commercial tools to enhance supply chains and improve people’s lives in developing countries. “This summer FELL meeting will focus on applying specific commercial tools and…
Development Works Here with Robert Anyang
We’d like you to meet Robert Anyang! Robert is an agricultural value chain improvement and marketing expert. With extensive experience advancing public-private partnerships, incubating youth-owned businesses, and expanding farmers’ access to markets, Robert shares how he was destined for his current career. Robert is one reason #DevelopmentWorksHere. 1. Can you tell us about your journey…
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.…
Land and Property Rights Meet the SDGs: Reflections from the 2019 World Bank Land and Poverty Conference
It appears the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are wobbling along fitfully, and the general consensus among attendees at this year’s annual World Bank Land and Poverty Conference seemed to be that we’re not on track to meet our goals related to land and property rights. This year’s conference offered a smorgasbord of lessons learned, applied…
News: Chemonics at the 72nd World Health Assembly
Every year, the World Health Assembly — the decision-making body of the World Health Organization —convenes to explore the top issues on the global health agenda. During the 72nd Session of the World Health Assembly, Chemonics looks forward to joining international stakeholders for side events that elevate the visibility of these issues, from universal health…
News: Innovation, Technology, and Advancing the SDGs at ICT4D 2019
Digital technology has had a profound impact on global development across sectors and in many parts of the world. From April 30 to May 3, public, private, and civil society organizations from more than 80 countries will convene for the 2019 Information and Communications Technology for Development (ICT4D) Conference in Kampala, Uganda. Now in its…
News: Chemonics Tackles High-Priority Global Education Issues at CIES 2019
From April 15 to April 18, Chemonics will present at the 2019 Annual Conference of the Comparative & International Education Society (CIES) in San Francisco, California. The conference convenes thousands of researchers, students, practitioners, and policymakers from around the globe to discuss high-priority education issues. In their presentations at CIES, Chemonics’ education specialists will tackle…
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…
Good, Cheap, Fast – Pick Two
This post originally appeared on the DevResults blog. Back in September, Chemonics and DevResults spoke at MERL Tech DC about the inherent compromise involved when purchasing enterprise software. In short, if you want good software that does everything you want exactly the way you want it, cheap software that is affordable and sustainable, and fast…
Innovation: It’s Not a Mystery
One of the most common areas of confusion when talking about innovation, especially in the development world, is the difference between being innovative, facilitating (or fostering) innovation, and creating a culture (or an ecosystem) of innovation. For practitioners who already face significant time and resource constraints, it can be hard to differentiate between these buzzword-y…
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…
News: USAID and Chemonics Selected as Government Innovation Awards Winners
The transformative power of information technology (IT) infiltrates the day-to-day lives of people around the world — from the once-remote communities who now embrace social media to the youth who were excluded from finance but are now using mobile money. Across geographical borders and technical sectors, IT is helping to drive change, and the public…
Supporting Healthy Digital Platform Competition in the Georgian Agriculture Market
This post originally appeared on ICTworks. When working in international markets, there is one golden rule to ensure sustainability: make sure your interventions do not distort markets. In small markets, such as Georgia, a country with less than 4 million people, 50 percent of which are self-employed in the agriculture industry, this is especially important. Laying…
News: Partnering with Arizona State University to Support Continual Learning for Employees Worldwide
Arizona State University (ASU) is a leader in expanding educational access for learners around the world through its high-quality online platforms, which is one of the reasons U.S. News and World Report has named it the most innovative university in the United States for three years in a row. Through its online platforms, ASU annually…
News: Joining the Conversation on Stability
What is stability? A single definition of “stability” could go a long way in aligning the international community’s priorities around addressing fragility and the risk of instability. On June 26 to 27, the Stabilization Symposium brings together world leaders, development practitioners, private sector representatives, and policymakers to look at applying a single definition of stability…
How Can Countries Pay for Their Health Systems? Supply Chains Might Hold the Answer
One objective under Goal 3 of the Sustainable Development Goals is to “achieve universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, access to quality essential health-care services, and access to safe, effective, quality, and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all.” To achieve this objective by 2030, countries need an increase in health financing efforts both domestically and…
News: Innovating, Connecting, and Transforming Development at the ICT4D Conference
Innovations in technology have enhanced development impact across all sectors — from agriculture to education to health. From May 8 to 10, public, private, and civil society organizations from around the world will convene for the 2018 Information and Communications Technology for Development (ICT4D) Conference in Lusaka, Zambia. Now in its 10th year, the conference…
News: Youth-Led Innovations: The Journey to Self-Reliance
On April 19, representatives from our Feed the Future Uganda Youth Leadership for Agriculture (YLA) activity, along with partner Equator Seeds Limited, joined USAID for an event entitled “USAID Youth-Led Innovations: The Journey to Self-Reliance.” The event, held in Washington, D.C., and hosted by USAID, YouthCorps, and the Global Development Lab, brought together partners, donors,…
News: Re-Mapping Global Education at #CIES2018
From March 25 to 29, education and literacy experts from Chemonics will participate in the 2018 Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) in Mexico City, Mexico. The event brings together more than 3,000 researchers, students, practitioners, and policymakers from around the world to discuss high-priority issues in this sector. In addition…