Top 10 Blog Posts of 2016


From measuring countering violent extremism programs to explaining why land tenure matters, Chemonics’ staff have shared diverse opinions, experiences, and technical approaches on the Connections blog. Here are the 10 most popular blog posts in 2016:

10. Predicting Human Rights Violations Before They Happen by Laura Zambrano, deputy chief of party for the USAID Colombia Human Rights Activity.

9. Cambodia’s Shrinking Space for Civil Society and the Role of Donors by Morana Krajnovic, civil society capacity building expert.

8. 8 Ways World Trade Organization Membership Will Benefit Afghanistan by Madeleine Dale, manager in Chemonics' West and Central Africa and Haiti Division and former manager in Chemonics’ Afghanistan Division.

7. 3 Misconceptions People Have about Data Visualization and Infographics by Anna Kuipers, graphic designer.

6. Think Your Project Isn’t Political? Think Again, by Sharon Van Pelt, director of Chemonics' Democracy and Governance Practice.

5. Know Your SDGs: Land Matters for Sustainable Development by Tiernan Mennen, former director of Chemonics’ Environment and Natural Resources Practice.

4. The Policy Communities Approach to Integrating Democracy and Governance by John Johnson, director in Chemonics’ Asia Division and former chief of party of the USAID Program Representasi (ProRep) in Indonesia.

3. Know Your SDGs: The Role of Sustainability and Youth in Economic Growth by Christy Sisko, technical manager for the USAID Asia and Middle East Economic Growth Best Practices (AMEG) project and former manager in Chemonics’ Economic Growth and Trade Practice.

2. Where’s the Impact? Measuring Results on Countering Violent Extremism Programs by Ryan Smith, director in Chemonics’ East and Southern Africa Division and former chief of party for the USAID Kenya Transition Initiative.

1. A New Look but the Same Chemonics by Susanna Mudge, president and CEO of Chemonics.

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Market Development at the Nexus between Public and Private Sectors


The Sustainable Development Goals established an agenda for transforming the world in which we live. SDG1 sets for the ultimate objective for the global community: to end poverty in all of its forms by 2030. The remaining 16 SDGs identify critically interlinked objectives which are both necessary and sufficient to achieve this objective. They clearly illustrate that economic growth initiates should be viewed through the lens of a larger, more complex development problem – one that requires...

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A New Look, but the Same Chemonics


Today you may have noticed that Chemonics looks a little different. We have a new look and logo, which you can see on our website, our social media channels, and, of course, here on our blog. The new logo retains the heart of our old logo—the compass rose—and updates it to align more with who we are today. Another new addition is our tagline: development works here. We have never had a tagline before, but we felt that now was the right moment to share with the world what is important to us and...

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5 Surprising Facts About Indonesia — and Why They Matter for Global Development


There are several countries that often come up when people talk about international development and the global economy, countries that need not be listed because you can probably already name them. Indonesia is not usually among them, but as these five facts show, there is a lot at stake in this large and incredibly diverse country's development. Fact 1: Indonesia is a lot bigger than you think.  Source: The World Factbook It’s difficult to grasp just how large a country is, in part because we have...

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Looking Ahead to the Next 40 Years


In 2015, Chemonics celebrated our 40th anniversary. As such milestones often do, it provided us with an opportunity to look back at our history, plan for our future, and celebrate with our friends. I was especially gratified to see so many of our staff all over the world join the celebration. In many ways, looking back on our previous four decades has galvanized us for what is ahead, and 2015 was an amazing year for those of us who are passionate about improving the lives of people throughout the...

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Chemonics Mourns the Loss of Julia Naegele


In late September, we were saddened to learn that Julia Naegele, who had worked with Chemonics since 2012, was killed in a car accident in South Sudan. Julia was an inspiration to many of us at Chemonics, and we mourn her deeply. Her death is a terrible loss to our team and to her family. She committed her life to helping others in need. She was in South Sudan working on the Famine Early Warning Systems Network, part of an effort to identify the populations of South Sudan most in need of urgent...

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#Chemonics40: Celebrating the Past, Embracing the Future


Today, Chemonics celebrates our 40th anniversary. On July 14, 1975, our founder and first CEO Tony Teele began an incredible journey with just a development mission and a single employee. Forty years later, many things have changed. Chemonics has more than 2,800 employees worldwide, 94 percent of whom are local. We are 100-percent employee owned, which was a dream of Tony’s. We have implemented development projects in more than 145 countries worldwide. But one thing has never changed: our mission...

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#Chemonics40: Celebrating People


In 2015, Chemonics marks 40 years of advancing our development mission, of partnering with international and local organizations and clients, and of delivering lasting impact for our beneficiaries. Looking back at my 22 years with Chemonics, I am proud of many things. I am proud of the work we have done to improve people’s lives. I’m proud of the partnerships we have built, locally and internationally. And I am proud to have worked with so many wonderful people, whether it is our beneficiaries,...

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Welcome to the Compass!


Welcome to the Compass, Chemonics’ technical blog. We are excited to start this new venture, our first corporate blog, because we strongly believe that sharing ideas and experience helps us learn, grow, and ultimately do better development. When we began considering the idea of blogging, we asked ourselves a few key questions. First, why start our own blog? And second, what would we add to the conversation? The answers to both questions tie back to our mission of helping people live healthier,...

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