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.
Technology in Agriculture Supply Chains
Philip DeCosse sits down with Dr. Tom Reardon to discuss investment in technology within the logistics element of the supply chain.
A New Financial Product
Jove Tapiador of the USAID Philippines E-PESO Activity discusses the most important elements to measure or assess when introducing a new financial product to a group of people.
Designing Real-Time Advocacy Strategies
Charles Abani, Chief of Party for the USAID Nigeria Strengthening Advocacy and Civic Engagement project, discusses the design of real-time advocacy strategies and the impact it can have on democratic reform.
Agricultural Innovation in Haiti
Following the Association for International Agriculture & Rural Development's #AIARD53 Conference, Jean-Robert Estimé explores the innovations with the greatest potential to transform agriculture in Haiti.
Digital Payments in the Philippines
Shifting from cash-based to digital payments can promote economic growth in the Philippines by decreasing costs for vendors and extending customer bases.
Breaking Barriers Through Digital Financial Services
Integrating digital financial services into agriculture projects can reduce barriers for farmers in the Philippines. Learn how from Mert Tangonan, chief of party of the USAID Philippines E-PESO Activity.
Community Academy in Aceh Tamiang
With support from the USAID Higher Education Leadership and Management project, the Community Academy in Aceh Tamiang empowers students with the entrepreneurial and practical skills needed to start their own businesses.
Mobile Money for Bill Payments
The Financial Access for Investing in the Development of Afghanistan project’s national media campaign promotes the use of mobile money services as a safe, reliable, and convenient way to manage money and pay bills.
Mobile Money for Salary Payments
The Financial Access for Investing in the Development of Afghanistan project worked with various stakeholders to launch a campaign promoting mobile money services to better manage money and reduce corruption.
Indonesia’s Blended Learning Module
The USAID Higher Education Leadership and Management project provides virtual training in topics such as leadership, financial management, and quality assurance to a network of Indonesian university professionals.
Early Grade Reading Assessments
The government in Pakistan’s Sindh province used results from a baseline survey of public schools to increase literacy rates and improve the quality of education.
To fight the inequities in Zambia's education system, USAID's Institutional Support Program helps the Ministry of Education with management reforms to improve learning performance.
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.
Three Models that Ensure Private Sector Engagement
This post originally appeared on Devex. Donor agencies, such as the United States Agency for International Development and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, have made private sector engagement, or PSE, a key element of their development strategies. Being more intentional about including the private sector in development is good news. Over the years,…
2020 Vision: Three Development Trends of the New Decade
Despite a global commitment, the U.N. estimates that countries and donors need $2.5 trillion in additional finance each year to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, official development assistance in 2018 was $153 billion. The number speaks for itself: the development community simply cannot…
Best of the Blog 2019
Check out our countdown of the 10 most popular blog posts from 2019! 10. To Respond to the Venezuelan Migration Crisis, Let’s Also Tap the Private Sector By Ariana Szepesi-Colmenares As Venezuelan migrants navigate challenges in host countries, the private sector must play an active role in maximizing their economic opportunities. 9. Development Works Here…
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…
News: Chemonics Recognized as Industry Innovators for Second Year in a Row
The Government Innovation Awards, presented by Federal Computer Week, Government Computer News, Washington Technology, and Defense Systems, showcases the best examples of innovation in government IT. This year, Chemonics earned recognition under the industry innovators category for its contributions and leadership to advance the private sector’s vital role in the government IT community. The award…
News: Chemonics International Is the Official Lead Scale Partner for UNLEASH
Chemonics International has announced an expansion of its partnership with UNLEASH, a global innovation lab that annually gathers 1,000 participants ages 20 to 35 — also known as “talents” — to collaborate on solutions to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). As lead scale partner for UNLEASH, Chemonics will provide year-round support to enterprising young…
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
Chemonics updated this story on September 9, 2019. 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…
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…