Posted on November 25, 2015 by
By Poulami Banerji and Linda Flynn
Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and the first day of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. Gender-based violence is often misunderstood as just a “women’s issue” because women and girls are disproportionately affected. In reality, gender-based violence is a vast and intersecting issue that impacts all members of society, including girls and women, boys and men, and members of the LGBT community. Gender-based violence hurts every aspect of society, socially, economically, and politically. In many ways, it limits the successful function, safety, and progression of communities throughout the world.
Because gender-based violence is a multifaceted problem, ending it requires a multifaceted approach. From government officials to ordinary citizens, educators to health care workers, everyone has a role to play. As the graphic to the right shows, gender-based violence is a serious challenge, but one that we can rise to meet.
Poulami Banerji is an associate in Chemonics' Middle East Division, and Linda Flynn is an associate in the Strategic Solutions and Communications Division. They are members of Chemonics' Gender and Social Inclusion Practice.
Posted on November 24, 2015 by
When Chemonics embarked on our ISO 9001 certification
several years ago, we
didn’t know what we were getting into. Not exactly anyways. We knew
that ISO 9001 would certify us as an organization that values
quality management. We knew it would launch us into a class of
companies and organizations that can proudly claim a focus on
customer service and a commitment to continual improvement. And we
suspected that it would benefit our business operations by
providing more consistency, transparency,...
Posted on November 20, 2015 by
Universal Children’s Day, established by the United Nations in
1954, is a day to devote to the welfare of the children. While we
formally recognize the importance of child welfare on November 20,
this is a concept that should be reinforced every day and is an
essential element to all education work around the world.
The global development community, including USAID, has made
progress in children’s access to education. However, it’s not
enough to simply have access to education, especially in...
Posted on November 17, 2015 by
Interest in how extractives companies deal with the
environmental, social, and governance aspects of their work is
increasing among investors, financial institutions, affected
communities, consumers, and NGOs. To meet stakeholders’
expectations and avoid additional regulations, many extractives
companies are committing to voluntary environmental, social, and
governance (ESG) standards — essentially principles, guidelines,
and certifications systems that investors, consumers, and others
Posted on November 12, 2015 by
Beyond the bamboo gate at Vitor Raposo’s cultural center in
Pemba, Mozambique, a canopy of trees threaded with artwork and wind
chimes welcomes me into a tranquil courtyard. Tambo Tambulani
Tambo is a peaceful refuge, a stark contrast from nearby
construction sites and spirals of soot rising from newly forged
roads. With investors racing to build resorts and guesthouses along
the city’s coastline to accommodate a recent economic boom — driven
in part by the discovery of natural gas in the nearby...
Posted on November 10, 2015 by
This week at the American Evaluation Association’s 2015
, Chemonics presents findings from several of our
recent projects, including Zambia Communications Support for Health (CSH)
Palestinian Authority Capacity Enhancement (PACE), and Philippines Private Sector Mobilization for Family
Health (PRISM) 2
. These presentations represent how critical
evaluation is to gathering the needed evidence to demonstrate the
positive changes that our projects helped create.
This year has been...
Posted on November 6, 2015 by
This post was originally published by the Alliance for Peacebuilding
and is cross-posted
with permission. Chemonics is honored to be an Alliance for
Peacebuilding member organization.
In Kosovo, one of the biggest sources of instability is
inter-ethnic hostility between majority and minority populations.
Although years of tensions cannot be erased overnight, helping
local communities have meaningful discussions can pave a pathway to
stability and peace in Kosovo — and the greater Balkans....
Posted on November 5, 2015 by
The theme of this year’s American Public Health Association
(APHA) Annual Meeting, hosted in Chicago, was “Health in All
Policies” (HiAP). This theme emphasized the need for policymakers
in all sectors to recognize that environments where we live, work,
and attend school have serious implications on health outcomes.
Julián Castro, the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban
Development, spoke movingly on this topic when recounting the
moment when, as mayor of San Antonio, he realized the impact...
Posted on October 27, 2015 by
On September 29, more than 100 countries and representatives of
civil society attended the Leaders' Summit on Countering ISIL and
Violent Extremism at the UN General Assembly to further the global
discussion about the importance of combating violent extremism
(CVE) around the world. The meeting was preceded by the
White House Summit to Counter Violent Extremism
which endorsed an action agenda for the community of actors in
military, civil society, and government. While global...
Posted on October 20, 2015 by
To celebrate World Literacy Day back in September, the
Pakistan Sindh Reading Program
(SRP) team visited one of its
734 targeted schools in Karachi, Pakistan, to read stories aloud to
primary school children. Pictured above is Chief of Party Christopher
Ashford with a student from the school. In the student's hands is
SRP's message on World Literacy Day: "Read to
Reading is vitally important in Pakistan, according to
Christopher, particularly in Sindh,
Posted on October 15, 2015 by
The World Bank predicts that India will receive $70 billion in
remittances from its diaspora around the world in 2015. In absolute
terms, this is the
largest volume of remittances of any country
in the world
(followed by China, the Philippines, Mexico, and Nigeria). It is
also more than six times USAID’s
entire budget request
for fiscal year 2016 and is continuing to
grow at an average rate of nearly
annually. Redirecting a small fraction of this vast
pool of capital could go a long...
Posted on October 14, 2015 by
A $350 billion gap sits squarely between today’s reality and the
potential of impact investing. Why is it so difficult for investors
to identify the right opportunities that achieve both social change
and a return on capital? How can the development community serve as
the intermediary between social entrepreneurs who provide essential
services and the impact investing firms whose capital could bring
these ideas to scale?
In a competitive marketplace, entrepreneurs face several
barriers to entry...
Posted on October 13, 2015 by
Globally, the number of people living outside their country of
origin has almost tripled — from 76 million to 232 million — over
the past 45 years. For many who leave their homes, starting a new
life in search of refuge, employment, education, or other factors
does not mean disregarding their heritage or the family and friends
they left behind. Motivated by diverse factors, such as emotional
ties, economic opportunity, social status, and political influence,
diaspora communities have been giving...
Posted on October 12, 2015 by
By Melissa Rickman and Andrew Johnson
Can social and behavior change communications (SBCC) actually
influence people’s behavior in the real world? The results of
” HIV Prevention Campaign in Zambia suggest that they can,
even when it comes to taboo subjects like sex. The campaign’s
outcome evaluation also underscores the power of good storytelling
that resonates with real people and their daily lives.
In Zambia, years of safe-sex public service announcements had
done little to...
Posted on October 7, 2015 by
With global youth unemployment on the rise in nearly every
region of the world, we as development practitioners are scrambling
to find and scale solutions that quickly improve the employment
outlook for youth. From a growing list of potential workforce
development and placement tools, online job matching platforms have
emerged as relatively simple and cost-effective solutions. The
concept behind them is straightforward: provide job seekers and
employers with platforms to find each other, and we...
Posted on October 6, 2015 by
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
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...
Posted on October 6, 2015 by
As the old saying goes, “Where
there’s a will, there’s a way.” But in anti-corruption programming,
it can be difficult to tell whether there is political will for
change in the first place. How can you tell? What should you do if
you discover, as is often the case, that there is not much will to
address corruption in a developing country?
How to gauge political
Historically, political will centered on the supply side and
focused on the commitment of government to address corruption and
Posted on September 29, 2015 by
As a landlocked country of about 3.6 million, nestled between
European Union (EU)-member Romania and Ukraine, Moldova has
Since gaining its independence in 1991, Moldova’s gross domestic
product (GDP) has actually declined from Soviet-era levels. Part of
the reason is that the government has hampered Moldovan export
sales with prohibitive customs requirements that are
time-consuming, unduly complicated, and unnavigable to
As is the case in other developing...
Posted on September 28, 2015 by
When Halima Naiga was seven, she was told she had to leave
school. Why? Because her parents did not want to waste money
educating girls. When incomes are low, as they are in the
rural area of Uganda where Halima is from, education for girls is
one of the first things to be cut in the household when money is
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were officially
adopted last week, have inclusive education (Goal 4) and the
empowerment of women (Goal 5) as two key areas for...
Posted on September 25, 2015 by
Today, the United Nations
Sustainable Development Summit opens in New York. More than 150
world leaders are expected to gather there to adopt the proposed
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an ambitious document meant
to define the world’s development agenda for the next 15
With 17 goals and 169 individual targets, the SDGs are more
numerous and complex than their predecessor, the Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs), adopted in 2000. But they are hugely
important, both individually and...