Ensuring the inclusion of vulnerable groups, such as women, youth, and minorities, cuts across all of our initiatives. We address feelings of marginalization and exclusion that can contribute to further unrest or disrupt peace and reconciliation processes. Our programs actively identify and address the needs of vulnerable and marginalized groups to prevent conflict, support legitimate peace processes, and give targeted support to those most impacted by violence and upheaval.
Promoting a Moderate, Inclusive, and Stable Syria
Amid the conflict in Syria, local efforts to build a peaceful and inclusive future and resist extremism need support.
Restoring Essential Services in Syria
Electricity, schools, roads, and other essential services are out of reach for many of Syria’s conflict-affected communities, magnifying the instability of their recovery efforts.
Building Peace in Libya
It is important to build stability and resiliency through civic engagement and community dialogue in Libya.
Strengthening Human Rights in Colombia
To keep the peace following its 52-year armed conflict, Colombia must protect vulnerable populations’ human rights and prevent human rights violations from recurring.
Improving Financial Inclusion in Rural Colombia
Improving the financial stability of rural individuals and families in Colombia is essential to strengthening the national economy and preventing a relapse of the 52-year-long internal conflict.
Improving the Dominican Republic’s Justice System
The Dominican Republic needs a stronger criminal justice system to provide high-quality legal services and cultivate public trust.
Using Civic Justice to Disrupt Cycles of Violence: Lessons Learned from Mexico
Last month in Morelia, Michoacán in Mexico, a woman returned to her vehicle to find she was being ticketed by a police officer for parking in a no parking zone. She became verbally aggressive towards the officer, pushed him, and accused him of distributing tickets only to collect bribes. Three years ago, Morelia authorities would…
News: Chemonics Announces New Corporate Diversity and Inclusion Director Albert E. Smith Jr.
Chemonics International welcomes Albert E. Smith Jr. as director of corporate diversity and inclusion. Mr. Smith brings 15 years of experience leading medium-to-large inclusive change management initiatives in the federal government, non-profit, and private sectors to Chemonics. Most recently, Mr. Smith worked at Cook Ross, where he engaged with executives, leaders, and individual contributors at…
3 Questions with Todd Diamond on Countering Violent Extremism and Preventing Gang Violence
This post was adapted from an interview between Elisabeth Dallas, Chemonics’ Peace, Stability and Transition Practice director, and Todd Diamond, a conflict, stability, and security director in Chemonics’ U.K. Division. For the full interview, watch the video below. How are violent extremism and gang violence — and the development community’s approaches to them — similar?…
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…
What the Global Fragility Act Could Mean for Development Investments
This post originally appeared on Devex. The Global Fragility Act requires the U.S. government, in collaboration with civil society, to develop a 10-year strategy to enhance stability and to reduce violence and fragility globally. The GFA — recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and up for a full vote by the Senate —…
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…
Don’t Fight the System: 3 Steps to Apply the Local Systems Framework
Imagine you are in a neighborhood. In this neighborhood, there is a corner where young people gather every night to drink. We would call them “at-risk youth.” These are young guys who have dropped out of school, and the local priest decides that he is worried about them. The priest forms a basketball team that…
3 Misconceptions that Limit Progress for Refugee Communities
As the world witnesses the largest displacement of individuals in human history, we must advocate for these communities, especially on World Refugee Day. But while most of us sympathize with the plight of refugees, there are three common misconceptions about today’s refugee crisis that impact sustainable refugee empowerment. For those looking to support refugees in…
3 Questions with Truong Duc Tung: Erasing Exclusion One Law at a Time
Why is social inclusion important for the development of Vietnam? Though Vietnam has made significant progress in achieving the key targets of the Millennium Development Goals and has confirmed its strong commitment to implement the Sustainable Development Goals framework, the challenges toward vulnerable groups such as the poor, women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, and…
“A Job Is the First Part of the Promise”: Unpacking Youth Grievances Five Years After the Tunisian Revolution
A little more than five years ago, Sidi Bouzid fruit vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself alight. When he was unable to pay a bribe to be allowed to sell fruit from a wheelbarrow, a local policewoman reportedly slapped him, spat at him, confiscated his scales, and threw his cart aside, ruining the merchandise he had…