Posted on April 3, 2015 by
Throughout March, Devex led an interactive online conversation called Youth Will that explored the power of youth to change their own future and those of their peers. Along with MasterCard Foundation, UN Habitat, and the Commonwealth Secretariat, Chemonics was proud to co-sponsor the conversation.
Three of our youth development experts addressed pressing challenges in youth development and explored some promising ways forward in the commentaries below. Be sure to check them out!
4 Lessons on Youth and Peace Building in Lebanon, by Oriana Wuerth
Generations raised in conflict zones have the opportunity to turn to violence or contribute to peacebuilding. In her commentary, former Chief of Party Oriana Wuerth shares four lessons she learned about how to effectively engage youth in peacebuilding based on her experience in Lebanon.
The New Rebels — from Activism to Policy Entrepreneurship, by Enrique Betancourt
How can we get beyond the obvious when it comes to engaging youth in policymaking and high-level forums? Chemonics Director Enrique Betancourt reflects on his experience and explores a model for giving youth a better platform in policymaking.
Youth Economic Development Programs: A Formula for Success, by Eileen Hoffman
What should be done to help young people join the workforce? Eileen Hoffman, Chemonics’ director for economic growth and trade, draws on 15 years of experience and offers a formula for success that hinges on four principles.
Chemonics also coordinated a live Google Hangout with Devex that brought young leaders together from around the world together for a discussion about youth empowerment. See it here!
Posted on March 17, 2015 by
Internet connectivity is to us what the internal combustion
engine, the printing press, or the compass were to previous
generations. It continues to revolutionize our world at an
astonishing rate. For the 75 million unemployed youth
between the ages of
15 and 24, it offers a means to prosperity and a better life
through provision of knowledge, networks, data, jobs, and much
more. As our communities and economies integrate and expand with
the knowledge economy, and the profound need
Posted on March 12, 2015 by
What difference can a simple software system make in changing
university student on-time graduation rates? In the case of
Universitas Negeri Semarang (UNNES) in Semarang, Indonesia, it led
to a 13 percent increase in on-time graduation.
UNNES is a university partner of USAID’s Higher Education
Leadership and Management (HELM), implemented by Chemonics. Since
2012, HELM has worked since 2012 with twenty-five higher education
institutions to use action research to address challenges unique to
Posted on March 10, 2015 by
Within a climate of uncertain global markets, development
funding from many donors has increasingly been on the chopping
block. The added dimension of the urgent need to adapt to climate
change means that agriculture-focused poverty solutions are
increasingly more complex. However, new forms of financing, through
both partner country institutions and directly from newer social
impact funds are breathing new life into agricultural markets that
were once considered investment taboos.
Posted on March 8, 2015 by
This year’s International Women’s Day falls on a Sunday. For
many people in the United States, it is a typical day off but in
many other countries such as those in Eastern Europe and Central
Asia, International Women’s Day it is an official holiday each
year. I used to be a skeptic of days like this that are dedicated
to honoring and appreciating a certain group of people. The cynical
side of me wonders, why just this one day of the year? Why do we
single out women? And what will happens on...
Posted on February 17, 2015 by
“Watch, listen, and learn. You can’t know it all yourself.
Anyone who thinks they do is destined for mediocrity.” - Donald
Entrepreneurship is trending around the globe. There is no doubt
that mobilizing entrepreneurs to start up their own businesses,
create positive change in their communities, and use innovation to
drive economic growth is a solid tool to sustainably strengthen
As well-known as the perks of entrepreneurship are, the risks
are just as notorious. Being an...
Posted on February 11, 2015 by
The World Bank Doing Business report is a tool that is used by
the public and private sectors to determine the opportunities and
challenges of doing business in various countries. The 10 key
indicators tracked by the report comprise one of the measurement
tools used by Chemonics projects seeking to improve the business
enabling environment of the countries in which they operate.
Chemonics currently implements 12 projects with primary objectives
that include business enabling reforms and, of...
Posted on February 3, 2015 by
Do we really need to go to an international conference or study
tour to fully appreciate something about our familiar system at
Sometimes the answer is yes.
Late last year I was honored by USAID/Moldova to present the
in implementing digital
audio recording in the courts. The occasion was an international conference in Moldova
around the theme of “Contemporary Court Administration – Key
Element for Judicial Reform.” Accompanying me were two judges who I
Posted on January 27, 2015 by
Last year I witnessed firsthand how common history and language
can foster and promote positive changes across borders.
In June 2014, I was invited by the USAID/Moldova Rule of Law
Institutional Strengthening Program to give a presentation on our
USAID/Ukraine FAIR Justice Project judicial reform
, including innovative work we are doing related to
court user satisfaction surveys, at a conference they were organizing on modern court
later that year. I readily...
Posted on January 20, 2015 by
“Reflect on the time you realized you wanted to work in public
This was one of the requests of Joyce Gaufin, president of the
American Public Health Association, during November’s APHA
142nd Annual Meeting & Expo
, held in New
Orleans, Louisiana. What an appropriate question to ask a room
filled with thousands of public health professionals. What a
pointed question, it felt like, for me personally, as I returned to
my home state – this time, representing Chemonics International
Posted on January 13, 2015 by
Off one plane came firemen from Miami. Off another, volunteers
from France. The stream of aid workers and supplies seemed endless
as they flooded the Toussaint Louverture airport in
Port-au-Prince, where I had come to evacuate some consultants who
had worked with the USAID watershed management project I was
leading in my native country of Haiti.
It was January 14, 2010, only two days after the 7.0
Mw earthquake that killed hundreds of thousands of
people. It is hard to describe the nightmare of...
Posted on December 8, 2014 by
In Part 2 of his two-part series on the APHA conference, Dr.
Oscar Cordon explores the need for deeper collaboration in global
health across not just national borders, but disciplinary borders
During the opening session of
the 142nd Annual Meeting of the American
Public Health Association (APHA)
, which I attended last month with several
colleagues, APHA president Dr. Joyce Golfing called for a new
partnership in global health. According to Dr. Golfing, the global
health threats of the 21stcent...
Posted on November 20, 2014 by
"Whose gonna stand up to the big machine?"
Stand up to fossil
Who's gonna stand up and
save the earth?”
This was the final refrain of
the youth delegation at the World Parks
. It was sung in front of several thousand odd people,
to by and large a strong ovation. Youth, primarily from
northern/western countries, played somewhat of an outsized role at
the Congress’ large plenary presentations, which supported the
strong theme of IUCN in its organization of the Congress...
Posted on November 17, 2014 by
Every year the annual SEEP conference provides economic
development practitioners with opportunities to learn about and
discuss innovations and successes from projects around the world.
While the annual conference is always full of new ideas and
trend-setting professionals, the 2014 conference stands out for
bringing the idea of “big data” to development in a way that
demonstrates how powerful it can be as part of our project
management, planning, monitoring, and evaluation activities. The
Posted on November 3, 2014 by
In today’s interconnected world, global health is only as strong
as the health care systems of the least developed countries among
us. The recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa is an unfortunate
reminder of what can happen when an outbreak of a disease with no
known cure occurs in a country with an inadequate health system.
What started out in a remote village in Guinea has quickly become a
complex public health emergency in West Africa and infected health
workers as far away as the United...
Posted on October 29, 2014 by
I once commented to a caseflow management trainer that caseflow
management is “as much art as science.” He replied that it is
actually “much more art” than science. My work on rule of law
projects has led me to the same conclusion. Democracy and
governance (D&G) programs are dynamic. Each program begins with
a clear plan and well-defined objectives, then many competing
interests and priorities emerge during implementation. D&G
programs aim for positive changes in organizational...
Posted on October 22, 2014 by
September 22, Members Day of the annual 2014 SEEP
Conference, marked the launch of the SEEP Network’s Women’s
Economic Empowerment (WEE) Working Group.
Throughout my career with Chemonics, I have spent the majority
of my time focusing on issues surrounding women’s access to
capital, business development services and SME development,
particularly in conflict zones such as Afghanistan. Often when I
would return from trips to the field, I would reflect on a key
takeaway—when women business owners...
Posted on October 15, 2014 by
A commitment to doing better and more effective development goes
hand in hand with a commitment to continual learning. In that
spirit, we are launching a new blog post series, “What We Are
Reading,” to share the books, academic papers, web tools, and other
resources our technical experts have found useful in recent months.
In honor of International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, which
is Friday, October 17, we have chosen three books with very
different takes on the causes and cures for...
Posted on September 30, 2014 by
Below is an excerpt from an essay that appeared in the 2014
Frontiers in Development books, themed around ending extreme
poverty. The essay, by Chemonics’ Neal Donahue and Ilisa Gertner,
posits that there is often an underlying tension between the
“seemingly complementary goals” of agricultural growth and
increased production and consumption of nutritious food.
Development programs must be designed to increase farmers’ incomes
and the demand and supply of nutritious food.
When it comes to...
Posted on September 23, 2014 by
If you follow media reporting on women in Afghanistan — I do,
but only in English — you probably experience a flood of violent
emotions. Shock and revulsion at the seemingly endless string of
brutal domestic and public attacks against women and girls. Fury
that the police and courts often do nothing, or even protect the
attackers. Disgust at the government’s capitulation to
conservatives who want to roll back legal protections for women.
Indignation that women are still a tiny minority of...