Posted on January 3, 2017 by
Before a natural disaster hits in the United States, most Americans learn about incoming dangerous weather events through mobile phone weather apps, weather websites, radios, and televisions. But in many developing countries, people are often unprepared when a storm hits.
The consequences can be dire. In a country that is particularly vulnerable to natural disasters, damages caused by flooding are expected to cost Mozambique approximately $45 million by 2030, and caused more than 2,000 deaths between 1956 and 2008.
To help citizens avoid being caught unaware, USAID’s Coastal City Adaptation Project has launched the 3-2-1 service in Mozambique. The new service offers any citizen with a mobile phone free access to pertinent weather information through SMS or calls, and suggested ways to protect individuals and property.
Although the use of mobile phones to disseminate weather information isn’t unique to Mozambique, the extent to which it is integrated into the country’s existing disaster management system certainly is. By incorporating the 3-2-1 service as part of a coordinated approach, Mozambique’s National Disasters Management Institute could save the government significant amounts of money on repairs — not to mention lives and livelihoods.
In Focus is an occasional series highlighting photos from Chemonics’ work around the world.
Posted on December 29, 2016 by
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
10. Predicting Human Rights Violations Before They
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...
Posted on December 22, 2016 by
Robert Anyang is the chief of party for the
Feed the Future Uganda Commodity Production and Marketing (CPM)
, which works to reduce poverty by improving the
production and marketing of maize, beans, and coffee for
smallholder farmers and strengthening relationships between actors
in the value chain.
Youth engagement in
agriculture is an important component of many agricultural
development programs. Why is it so important to reach
the current population that’s engaged in...
Posted on December 20, 2016 by
Open government is critical to enhancing essential services,
opening civic space, and making government more accountable to
citizens. Sustainable Development Goal 16
international community to aim toward building more effective,
responsive, and inclusive institutions, which evidence shows lead
to better development outcomes for citizens.
Recently, at the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit
Paris, governments around the world, in consultation with civil
Posted on December 16, 2016 by
By Matthew Johnson, Kreshnik Kurtishi, and Terence
The World Bank Doing
The World Bank’s Doing Business report
is an objective
and comparative assessment that measures how easy it is to start,
run, and grow a business. For example, the report measures the time
and cost it takes to register a business, get electricity, and
enforce contracts. For over a decade, it has generated significant
attention from national governments and has become a trusted tool
for countries to use...
Posted on December 13, 2016 by
Michelle Gardner is the senior vice president of Chemonics’
Global Health Division. A public health professional with 20 years
of international experience, she brings a broad public health
background developing and overseeing programming in reproductive
health and family planning, maternal and child health,
immunization, malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, nutrition, and safe
water, with a focus on both the public and private
What innovation in the
health sector are you most excited about...
Posted on December 9, 2016 by
Cristina Hardaga is the activity coordinator and gender
focal point on USAID’s EnfoqueDH: Human Rights Public Policy Activity
in Mexico. EnfoqueDH supports the government of Mexico and civil
society to incorporate a human rights perspective into regulatory,
federal, and state frameworks.
Why is inclusion important
for the development of Mexico?
is a culturally rich and diverse country with a wealth of natural
resources, but also a very unequal country. The already large
divide between poor...
Posted on December 8, 2016 by
At the Global Health
Supply Chain Summit
in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, we had the
opportunity to hear about innovations, public-private partnerships,
and other unique solutions that actors from various points of
pharmaceutical supply chains are utilizing to solve last mile
challenges. Unmanned aerial vehicles, blockchains, Uber-like mobile
phone applications for delivery of essential medicines,
country-wide electronic information management systems to replace
paper-based records — all these and...
Posted on December 7, 2016 by
Access to information is a fundamental right. More
than 100 countries worldwide have adopted right to information
(RTI) legislation, which are laws regulating public access to
information, particularly from public institutions (sometimes
referred to as access to information or freedom of information
laws). These countries are increasingly recognizing the connection
between good governance, accountability, and freedom of
information. Most recently, Sri Lanka joined the ranks of these
Posted on December 1, 2016 by
Mary Lyn Field-Nguer is the director for the HIV task order
under USAID’s Global Health Supply Chain Program — Procurement
and Supply Management
(GHSC-PSM) project. She has contributed
to HIV prevention, care, and treatment programs since 1991 in
Africa, Asia, and Central America, including training and
consulting on how to scale up pediatric care and
1. What supply chain
challenges inhibit universal access to HIV/AIDS prevention,
treatment and care?
treatment of people with HIV...
Posted on December 1, 2016 by
During the internship year of my medical training, Peru was
affected by a severe El Niño. At that time, millions of people
living in the poor peri-urban belt of Lima lacked access to clean
water and sanitation services. These factors were a recipe for a
massive outbreak of diarrheal diseases in children. The pediatric
services in the hospital emergency room where I worked received one
child affected by mild to moderate dehydration every three minutes.
That year, the Ministry of Health introduced...
Posted on November 29, 2016 by
The UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD)
will be celebrated this week around the world, on December 3. This
year’s theme, “Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want,” focuses
on the role that the sustainable development goals play in
“building a more inclusive and equitable world for people with
disabilities.” For the international development community, IDPD
serves as a reminder to amplify our efforts to not only include
people with disabilities in development work but to...
Posted on November 22, 2016 by
By Rebecca Malinick and Jennifer Swift-Morgan
Overheard at a recent workshop: “Girls who are having sex with
their teachers need to be coached to make better choices.”
A debate ensued. Do they? Is that really a choice they are
making? Or is it the teachers who need to change their behavior,
school administration that needs to be part of the solution,
education and justice systems that must enforce policies and laws,
and families and communities who need to let girls know that this
is not normal or...
Posted on November 16, 2016 by
In 2013 I wrote a book called Redeeming REDD: Policies,
Incentives, and Social Feasibility for Avoided Deforestation,
published by Earthscan.
the book I argue that reducing emissions from deforestation and
forest degradation (REDD, and the latest variant known as REDD+),
needs a suite of enabling conditions, independent of market
viability as well as measurement, reporting and verification (MRV)
systems in order to be redeemed as an effective approach. REDD
projects, it was hoped, would feed...
Posted on November 15, 2016 by
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...
Posted on November 10, 2016 by
In 2015, the United Nations ratified the Sustainable Development Goals
, which include
bold targets to eradicate poverty and deliver comprehensive
healthcare worldwide by 2030. To achieve Goal 3, ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at
, reaching the largest segment of the world’s poor —
the women, children, and men who live in rural environments — with
medicines and medical supplies is critical.
Over the past ten years, the economies of many low- and
Posted on November 9, 2016 by
As we explore economic empowerment during the Global to Local
campaign and prepare for Global Entrepreneurship Week
we reflect on what it takes to empower women economically. Today,
women across the globe still too often face implicit and explicit
barriers to full economic participation. As practitioners working
for global development, we do right to pause and laud both women
who are fulfilling their economic potential through
entrepreneurship and the programs that have supported them in...
Posted on November 8, 2016 by
Paola Pelletier is an access to justice specialist on the
USAID Criminal Justice System Strengthening Project
in the Dominican Republic.
Why is inclusion important
for development in the Dominican Republic?
Inclusion means broader participation and deeper protections for
subgroups and cultures represented in Dominican society, which
strengthens their individual and collective participation in
democratic processes. When diverse and intercultural perspectives
are taken into account, public policies...
Posted on November 2, 2016 by
Earlier this year in Mombasa, a youth activist told me he knew
plenty of young men who joined Al Shabaab. Many had participated in
livelihoods and vocational training activities funded by NGOs. Some
even found jobs. Nonetheless, they decided to join the notorious
violent extremist organization. This was not the first time that I
had heard this, and the situation is not unique to Kenya.
"The mzungu," he told me, using the local term for a foreign
white person, “thinks that it’s only about having...
Posted on November 2, 2016 by
Ever since the term “sustainability” entered the mainstream in
the 1980s, companies have struggled to convince their boards and
investors of why they should integrate social and environmental
dimensions into their core businesses. I have heard from many
executives who are eager to invest in sustainability but find
themselves stuck with the same question: “How can I make a stronger
business case for sustainability?”
Interestingly, skepticism about sustainability contradicts a
growing number of...