|Headquarters||Washington, DC, USA|
|Key people||Susanna Mudge (President and CEO)|
|Services||Agriculture, conflict and disaster management, democracy and governance, education, energy, environmental services, financial services, gender, health, management solutions for development, and private sector development|
Chemonics International is an international development company with operations in dozens of countries that partners with bilateral and multilateral donors and the private sector to manage capacity building projects in developing countries. Chemonics emphasizes multidisciplinary approaches to solving complex development challenges. The company’s mission states that “by promoting meaningful change around the world, we help people live healthier, more productive, and more independent lives.” Chemonics is employee owned and ISO-9001 quality certified for its services. The company's headquarters is in Washington, D.C., but only a small portion of the staff is based there.
Chemonics was founded in 1975 by the company’s first president, Thurston F. (Tony) Teele. Its fourth and current president is Susanna Mudge. Its first projects included agribusiness studies in Cameroon and Kenya for USAID, which remains the company’s largest client. The company launched its first long-term USAID projects in Mali and then in Asia in 1977. In the 1980s, Chemonics began managing projects in other technical areas, such as municipal governance, finance, environment and infrastructure. It also broadened its geographic presence to include the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean. To date, it has worked in 145 countries worldwide. In the 1990s, Chemonics created an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) to give employees a stake on the company. In 2010, the company became the first development company to achieve an ISO 9001 certification for its Quality Management System. The following year, it transitioned to 100% employee ownership..
Chemonics carries out complex international development projects focused on agriculture, conflict and disaster management, democracy and governance, education, energy, environmental services, financial services, gender, health, monitoring and evaluation, management solutions for development, and private sector development. The company has a multidisciplinary workforce of 2500, 80% of which are outside the United States. Expertise of the staff includes such diverse disciplines as agriculture, nutrition, biology, economics, political science, finance, medicine, public administration, education, trade, environmental management, law, engineering, sociology, and information technology. The vast majority of the company's employees are native to the countries where they work, with a few expatriates in key technical roles.
Clients and Partnerships
Chemonics is a key implementing partner for the US Agency for International Development (USAID), and has also worked with the World Bank, International Finance Corporation, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the IADB, the Asian Development Bank, the African Development Bank, the United States Department of Defense Humanitarian Affairs Program, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the UN World Food Programme, DFID, AusAID, and GIZ.
The company applies evidence-based approaches to development programs. For example, Chemonics provides USAID with critical analytical support on food security for evidence-based decision making about food aid through the Famine Early Warning Systems Network.
Chemonics is active in the application of mobile technologies in developing countries, partnering with telcom companies, banks, and software developers to apply innovations to developing country settings. In particular, they have expanded access to financial services for underserved populations through mobile money in places like the Philippines and Afghanistan. Chemonics is also one of the first members of the Better than Cash Alliance, which encourages the shift to electronic payments. The company has also applied innovative geospatial technologies to many applications, such as food security monitoring or Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+).