Chemonics International

The Alliance for International Youth Development (AIYD) is a community of practice and advocacy coalition of leading U.S.- based youth and community development organizations.
Chemonics International

Founded in 1975, Chemonics has promoted meaningful change by helping people live healthier, more productive and more independent lives. They have worked in more than 150 countries lending their expertise to face difficult challenges ranging from political instability to limited healthcare to a lack of market infrastructure. Their focus areas are: Agriculture, Conflict & Disaster Management, Democracy & Governance, Education, Energy, Environmental Services, Financial Services, Gender, Health, Management Solutions for Development and Private Sector Development. The services they provide include: Program Design, Implementation and Project Management, Local Capacity Building, Performance Management and Evaluation and Knowledge Management and Communications. Chemonics develops strong local partnerships as well as a commitment to quality—in 2010, it became the first firm of its kind to be ISO 9001 certified. 


A focus on youth can be seen throughout Chemonics’ work. They increase youth employability by bridging the gaps between formal and non-formal education opportunities, the labor force, and private sector needs. Chemonics offers certified training and degree programs in the agriculture, tourism, ICT, health, public policy, law, trade, and energy sectors. They administer life-skills training modules tailored to the needs of youth from low-income families, and youth from rural communities seeking fundamental soft skills to find and keep a job. They offer market-driven internship programs that place graduates in their first jobs and support employers in training and retaining their interns. At the community level, Chemonics assists the next generation of leaders to have their voice heard in decision making processes by local and national governments. Additionally, they work with orphaned and vulnerable youth by helping increase awareness, offer vocational training and work opportunities, and advocate for social support, sexual and reproductive rights, and child protection.


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Egypt Competitiveness and supporting youth entrepreneurship

Through the USAID/Egypt Competitiveness Project (ECP), Chemonics is supporting  youth leaders in unleashing their ideas onto the world. With an entire component dedicated to vocational training and entrepreneurship, the project is providing opportunities for young entrepreneurs to pitch their best business ideas, receive business planning and marketing support, and even compete for start-up capital.


Jordan Tourism and hospitality training for youth

The project has We have established partnerships among communities, vocational training centers (VTCs), and companies in the tourism value chain to break down misperceptions about youth and the hospitality industry, and connect young people to jobs and career paths.




Ms. Shayne Bell, Manager, Education Practice
1717 H Street, NW | Washington, D.C. 20006
Phone: +1 202.775.7343