Posted on May 29, 2015 by
In this photo, the owner of a small business in Ucayali, Peru, works with an employee to create a product using seeds from the Amazon rainforest. The business, Pro Mujer Oriente, employs 54 women to make handicrafts using tree materials. The Peru Environmental Management and Forest Governance Support Activity, or Peru Bosques Project, supported Pro Mujer Oriente to establish partnerships by participating in national trade fairs and to improve the appearance of its products. With project support, company representatives learned techniques to improve product quality and better organize their business, resulting in lower costs and increased clientele and income.
The Peru Bosques Project improves environmental management and increases opportunities for economic development. Through cooperation with the Peruvian government at the central and regional levels, the project promotes environmentally sustainable private investment and increases the capacity of the Peruvian Forest Service and other government institutions to manage forestry resources.
"In Focus" is an occasional series highlighting photos from Chemonics' work around the world. Marcela Youle is the Operations and Communications Director for the USAID Peru Bosques Project, implemented by Chemonics.
Posted on May 28, 2015 by
In order to drive the economy, increase employment, and raise
incomes, countries need to develop and maintain laws, regulations,
policies, trade agreements and public infrastructure that
facilitate the growth of business. Together with social norms,
these constitute the business enabling environment. In April
2015, Eileen Hoffman, the director of Chemonics’ Economic Growth
and Trade practice, sat down with Mr. Aleksi Aleksishvili, the
general director and founder of the Policy and...
Posted on April 30, 2015 by
Earlier this year, Chemonics joined the SEEP Network
—a global network of
international development organizations dedicated to fighting
poverty by promoting inclusive markets and financial
systems. SEEP is active in 170 countries and reaches nearly 90
million households around the world.
For years, we have been attending the annual conference
side-by-side with SEEP Network members in the field. Now, as new
members ourselves, we are eager to join in many of SEEP’s
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 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 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...