Posted on November 1, 2016 by
Today Chemonics and Devex launch Global to Local, a three-week discussion about the importance of investing in sustainable and inclusive systems in developing countries. I am excited for Chemonics to have the opportunity to host this conversation with Devex, because this issue has never been more important.
We all know development challenges are complex. The Sustainable Development Goals reflect this reality and set out a strategy to meet those challenges head on, calling for the development community to align around a common agenda. But to succeed, that common agenda must be driven by local voices, and any solution we propose needs to be tailored to the local context.
Global goals, local solutions
The Global to Local campaign is really driven by the idea of inclusion. We will explore how to get the right voices at the table, how to ensure they are heard, and how to define actionable steps that all have a role to play in delivery. Yes, it can be a challenge, but without building true partnerships with local groups, governments, civil society, and individuals, we run the risk of fitting an otherwise workable solution into a context where it is not appropriate. And that wastes resources we just don’t have.
Local to global is just as important
Focusing on local solutions also reminds us that “local to global” is as important as “global to local.” I have seen over and over in my time in this field that tailoring even best practices to the local context is critical. I have also seen just as many times how important it is to learn from that experience so we can replicate that experience—the solution or methodology that worked and the way we worked with local groups to adapt it. When we share both of those things widely across the industry, the challenges of being fully inclusive are reduced.
I look forward to the next three weeks, as we discuss how we invest in local systems and solutions, bring new voices into the conversation, and work together to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Please join the conversation at pages.devex.com/global-to-local and at #Global2Local on social media.
Posted on October 31, 2016 by
Earthquakes, hurricanes, epidemics, outbreaks — when disaster
strikes, the immediate needs like food, shelter, and medical aid
are obvious. It is easy to see these needs as they often manifest
in physical and more tangible ways. Yet the residual mental health
effects of any crisis, be it a natural disaster, conflict, or a
health outbreak like Ebola, are not always seen or obvious days,
weeks, or years later. Front-line health workers, which range from
community health workers to professional...
Posted on October 27, 2016 by
By Olena Trush and Olena Kheylo
In the 21st century, tuberculosis (TB) remains a considerable
problem in Ukraine and around the globe
. Ukraine is among the 27 countries
with the highest multi-drug-resistant TB burden in the world,
largely because priority is given to hospital-based TB treatment;
TB care is financed through a rigid methodology based on the number
of occupied hospital beds; provision of directly observed therapy
is lacking, and patient social support is limited.
Posted on October 26, 2016 by
A few weeks after the CITES COP17, which took place earlier this
month in Johannesburg, I am left wondering: What impact will the
on the international trade of endangered animal
and plant products have? And how will the rural African communities
I work with, who deal with dangerous wild animals, see the
The key question for any assessment of CITES is whether
prohibition is the answer to the problem of illegal trade in
endangered species. It looked to me like...
Posted on October 24, 2016 by
Imagine it’s your job to prevent crime and violence in Guerrero,
the second most violent state in Mexico, with 46 murders per
100,000 inhabitants. What would your prevention program look like?
What sort of information would you want access to before you
designed your program?
Much like actual policy-makers, you would probably want to know
a few things right away. Where is the violence occurring? What
groups of people are committing the violence? Have any violence
prevention approaches proven...
Posted on October 21, 2016 by
Lilian Likicho is the monitoring, evaluation, and learning
director for USAID’s Uganda Youth Leadership in
project, which aims to increase economic
opportunities for approximately 350,000 Ugandan female and male
youth ages 10 to 35 in agriculture related fields to increase their
incomes and build entrepreneurship, leadership, and workforce
Isaiah Oliver is the deputy chief of party for the USAID Asia and Middle East Economic Growth Best
Posted on October 19, 2016 by
The internet is ablaze with tutorials and commentaries on “open
innovation.” Since Dr. Henry Chesbrough coined the term in 2003,
how to best integrate innovative concepts into business models has
been a hot topic. I recently attended the Open Innovation Summit
, which brought together
a diverse group of presenters and attendees, from General Electric
to AT&T, all interested in learning about and sharing how to
integrate the principles of open innovation into their corporate
structures. I began to...
Posted on October 17, 2016 by
As the human resources director at the Ministry of Health, you
know your country has health workforce challenges. You know that
certain regions in the country suffer from maldistribution of
health workers with challenges for retention in rural, hard to
reach areas. Your reports show that health workers are stationed in
rural posts but there are concerns with absenteeism. You have heard
complaints that there aren’t enough female providers in those areas
that could also be impacting accessibility...
Posted on October 12, 2016 by
At the foundation of every city are the physical systems that
deliver water and power, dispose of solid waste and sewage,
transport people and commodities, and transmit communications.
Delivery of these basic infrastructure services to exponentially
growing populations is a massive technological, financial, and
governance challenge in cities of the developing world. However,
the lack of basic infrastructure in developing cities also presents
a huge opportunity to bypass the conventional...
Posted on October 10, 2016 by
It’s October 2006. You just updated your top friends on Myspace
and direct messaged a classmate or colleague on AIM. You have a new
voicemail on your flip phone, and you have just figured out how to
email yourself photos from your cell. There is talk of Apple going
“beyond the iPod,” and mobile money is just a gestating
Ten years later, we know how this narrative played out.
What is mobile learning —
and why should we care?
Today, U.S. universities like Harvard, Cornell, and MIT make
Posted on October 5, 2016 by
What do you remember about your favorite teacher? Maybe you
remember their passion for the subject they taught, the way they
pushed you to accomplish something that you thought was outside of
your capabilities, or the way they probably were tough on you at
some point, helping you grow when it felt most difficult. What you
probably remember most is how they made you feel.
I have vivid memories of my favorite teacher. I was a senior in
high school, stressed about applying to college, and ready to...
Posted on October 3, 2016 by
Hanging in my office, as the sole wall decoration, is a
hand-made poster that gives me inspiration every day. It reads: "No
Stock-Outs! Yeah . . . It's Personal!" I'm sure people stroll past
my office wondering what the sign means.
For me, as the global supply chain director for USAID’s Global Health Supply Chain Program - Procurement
and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM)
project, it is an in-my-face
reminder to bring my whole self to work and to give my all to
ensure health commodities are delivered...
Posted on September 30, 2016 by
Despite the remarkable progress the world has made in its fight
against poverty, it is a challenging time to be young. Youth face
high unemployment in many parts of the world today. In Africa, for
example, young people account for 60 percent of all unemployed. The
youth unemployment rates in countries like Botswana, Republic of
the Congo, Senegal, and South Africa exceed
Making agriculture a more viable and attractive source of
tomorrow's jobs is critical to young people’s...
Posted on September 26, 2016 by
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...
Posted on September 22, 2016 by
What is financial
Financial inclusion seeks to increase the number of individuals
who are able to access formal financial services, with a focus on
providing access to marginalized populations such as youth or
women. According to the World Bank
, almost 40 percent of the adults in
the world do not use formal financial services, such as licensed
commercial and development banks, savings and loan companies, and
deposit-taking entities. The majority of the individuals who do not
Posted on September 21, 2016 by
Fatima Ahmed is Chemonics' gender focal point for the
USAID Strengthening Somali Governance (SSG)
Why is social inclusion
important for the development of Somalia?
crime rate in Somalia remains high, and weak government
institutions often fail to bring justice. The marginalized
populations in our society, such as youth, persons with
disabilities, persons living with HIV, internally displaced persons
(mostly women and children), and the poor, are often ignored by our
Posted on September 16, 2016 by
This post originally appeared on SEEP's blog
Chemonics is a proud member of SEEP.
Have you ever wondered if there is a better way to expand and
deepen financial inclusion? Have you tried forming innovative
partnerships or using digital technology?
Financial inclusion is a building block of strong economies
throughout the world. However, in many developing countries, we
consistently see constraints to financial inclusion. For example,
financial service providers do not provide services in...
Posted on September 14, 2016 by
Over the past few decades, international development actors have
sought models from outside of the traditional donor-implementer
paradigm, understanding that innovation in development comes from
cooperation and learning. In an attempt to tear down the silos of
business, government, and NGOs, the international development
community has called on strategies employed by tech incubators and
accelerators to create new ways to identify, fund, and implement
technologies, strategies, and products that...
Posted on September 12, 2016 by
This blog post originally appeared on SEEP's blog
Chemonics is a proud member of SEEP.
Picture this: Your market development program is going well.
Your strategy aligns with the national government’s objectives.
Your donor is happy. Business owners are happy. People are getting
jobs and earning income. The market is growing.
And then a crisis hits. The market dries up. Job growth grinds
to a halt. The government changes its strategy.
What do you
Market development can be challenging in the best...
Posted on September 8, 2016 by
Reading is essential for learning across all academic subject
areas. As children progress through school, schools, teachers, and
communities must help them to become critical and independent
readers and learners. Their future depends on it. This is why USAID
and its partners, like Chemonics, aim to improve literacy for 100
Research suggests that we have a good understanding of what
children need to become proficient readers. USAID’s approach to
reading instruction is based on...