Posted on August 12, 2015 by
Our world has 1.8 billion young people — nearly one-quarter of the world’s population, and the largest generation of youth in history.
Today, International Youth Day, recognizes the prominent role that youth have to play in achieving sustainable development. Yet, too often, they are left on the sidelines. The theme of this year’s International Youth Day is “youth civic engagement” — highlighting and encouraging young people to participate politically, economically, and socially in their communities as a key element of sustainable and peaceful development.
The photo above, from Colombia, shows a youth soccer league that is helping young people become more involved with and connected to their communities, as well as developing their confidence and a positive sense of collective identity. In Colombia, where drugs and related violence are long-standing problems, the USAID Colombia Consolidation and Enhanced Livelihood Initiative (CELI) organizes collaborative activities for local communities to build trust and start moving toward a permanent state of peace.
Sarah Strader is a manager in Chemonics' education and youth practice.
"In Focus" is an occasional series highlighting photos from Chemonics' work around the world.
Posted on August 7, 2015 by
By Wynne Mancini and Justin Kosoris
September marks a key step in global development’s future. U.N.
member states will convene the Sustainable
this September to adopt the Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs)
— a set of 17 newly proposed goals to
guide the global development community in improving the lives of
the poor and eradicating poverty. The SDGs expand on and refine the
(MDGs), a set of eight guidelines adopted in 2000 to
Posted on August 4, 2015 by
This post was originally published by the
Global Harvest Initiative
, and is cross-posted with
Nigeria has a powerful potential for productive agriculture with
linkages to growing consumer demand. Living in Abuja and working in
the field of agriculture, I witness this potential of agriculture
to help improve the lives of farmers, not only in Nigeria but
throughout the West African region. Improving lives of poor, rural
farmers is an important part of a peacebuilding strategy to...
Posted on July 30, 2015 by
By Kaitlyn Coogan and Jill Meeks
With the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set to expire at
the end of this year, the United Nations General Assembly will be
meeting in September to discuss the next phase of the MDGs. The
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a compilation of 17 goals and
169 targets, are set to replace the MDGs. This presents an
opportunity for the international community and brings us to a
critical juncture in the development world: Will the SDGs be too much too soon, or...
Posted on July 28, 2015 by
In an area of Colombia terrorized by illegal armed groups, this
mural stands out as a colorful beacon of tolerance and peace. Young
people in Tumaco painted the community mural as part of a municipal
human rights training initiative developed as part of Chemonics’
Colombia Human Rights Program
. The program develops community
leadership skills and promotes peace in the municipality.
The Colombia Human Rights Program works in eight Colombian
departments to spread awareness among targeted...
Posted on July 23, 2015 by
Proposed Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8 is to “promote
sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and
productive employment and decent work for all.” For those who are
familiar with the existing Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),
this language may sound familiar. Under Goal 1 of the MDGs, the
second target is, “achieve full and productive employment and
decent work for all, including women and young people.”
So what is really new with the
SDGs in the world of economic...
Posted on July 20, 2015 by
This post was original published on
UN Women's EmpowerWomen.org site
, and is cross-posted with
I love being independent. For me, economic empowerment means the
ability to rely on oneself, not to be too reliant on one’s husband,
and to contribute towards household expenses such as bills, school
fees, and fuel. As a woman, I am driven by two things: my husband
as my biggest supporter and the motivation to have a better life
than my mother. My mother has been a huge influence in my life...
Posted on July 16, 2015 by
“I really don't know why it is that all of us are so
committed to the sea, except I think it's because in addition to
the fact that the sea changes, and the light changes, and ships
change, it's because we all came from the sea. And it is an
interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the
exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the
ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in
our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the...
Posted on July 14, 2015 by
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
But one thing has never changed: our mission...
Posted on July 10, 2015 by
(July 11) is a time for us as development
professionals to celebrate and take stock of our accomplishments,
of which there have been many. At the same time, it is important to
recognize the challenges that lie ahead.
For me, health is a basic human right, as well as one of the key
indicators of a country’s development progress. On the global
level, progress across several health indicators has been
noteworthy since the first World Population Day was observed in
Posted on July 9, 2015 by
Recently, the USAID Sindh Reading Program (SRP), a project under
the Sindh Basic Education Program, shared the results of the early
grade reading assessments (EGRA) conducted in 2014 in Sindh with
education practitioners, donors, and government officials. The EGRA
is a tool that tests students on foundational aspects of reading
such as: phonemic awareness, decoding, vocabulary, fluency and
comprehension. Additional instruments included teacher interview
forms and a student questionnaire to...
Posted on July 7, 2015 by
Melissa Scudo is the team leader for the Tunisia Tax and
Customs Reform Activity (TCP)—a two-year initiative to help the
government of Tunisia bolster economic growth through tax and
customs reform. TCP is part of Chemonics’ Asia and Middle
East Economic Growth Best Practices (AMEG)
Q. Regional turmoil makes
this a challenging time to implement a reform project in the Middle
East and North Africa. In a changing Middle East landscape, how
does your work on tax reform fit into helping...
Posted on June 29, 2015 by
Chemonics International recently finished an innovative project
in the mining sector. The obvious question for Chemonics and USAID
is why would a development program choose to work in mining
generally, and in Colombian gold mining specifically? A
little context may provide the answer. Colombia has a long history
of gold mining that dates to the pre-Columbian civilizations that
inhabited the area and later to the time of the Spanish colonies.
However, with a fivefold increase in gold prices in...
Posted on June 26, 2015 by
The Vietnam Governance for Inclusive Growth project strengthens
private sector competitiveness, enhances rule of law, and promotes
greater social and economic inclusion for all citizens. As part of
this initiative, the project is collaborating with government and
civil society to strengthen public consultation around Vietnam’s
This photo features ICS, a civil society organization
representing the LGBT community, which has engaged with the
Ministry of Justice to provide inputs to the...
Posted on June 25, 2015 by
Doris Youngs leads the USAID Rwanda Family Health Project,
working closely with local and international partners to the
quality of service delivery in HIV, maternal health, child and
newborn health, malaria, nutrition, and hygiene in 20 out of 30
districts in Rwanda. Doris is a senior program director, chief of
party, and public health practitioner with more than 20 years of
experience, who has worked on health programs in more than 35
countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
Q. While some...
Posted on June 18, 2015 by
This week, Chemonics’ Mario Kerby presented at the Harvest the Future
about our work helping smallholder
farmers in Haiti increase their incomes through the use of
greenhouses. Harvest the Future is an annual gathering for experts
to share and discuss the latest advancements and initiatives in
small-scale, climate-smart agriculture.
From 2009 to 2014, the
USAID Feed the Future West/ WINNER project
installed more than
400 greenhouses on Haïtian hillsides. By using...
Posted on June 16, 2015 by
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,...
Posted on June 16, 2015 by
week, the U.S. Department of State Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI),
USAID, and Chemonics are joining together to host a Clean Energy
Dialogue during the Asian Clean Energy Forum in Manila,
Aiming to address the growing energy consumption in the region,
the dialogue includes five deep-dive sessions on topics such as the
role of clean energy and renewables in the region, scaling up solar
power and wind energy, biomass, power grids, and financing for
renewable energy. The dialogue...
Posted on June 15, 2015 by
The Mekong River extends 2,500 miles from China's Yunnan
province to the South China Sea, navigating along Myanmar, Laos,
Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.
The river supports the livelihoods of more than 50 million people
through freshwater fish harvest and shows great hydropower
. However, there are growing concerns regarding the
depletion of resources in the Mekong River, pollution, and the
economic future of the Lower Mekong.
That’s why the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) exists....
Posted on June 10, 2015 by
Last week, Bosnia’s
Fostering Agricultural Markets Activity (FARMA) project
its final event—a farmers' market in Sarajevo that showcased
the wares and accomplishments of its participating producer
organizations. Attendees could sample and purchase a wide variety
of fresh and homemade products, including berries, jams, cheeses,
and soaps. The event also featured videos highlighting the farmers’
Bosnia FARMA began in 2009, with the aim of expanding
production, processing, sales,...