Washington, DC, January 23, 2023 – The Millennium Water Alliance (MWA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce the addition of Chemonics International, a major global implementer of water security, sanitation, and hygiene (WSSH) programs in the developing world, as the newest member of the Alliance. Chemonics is the second business to join MWA after Netherlands-based Acacia Water, which became a member in 2019.
“Chemonics will be a nice addition to MWA as we seek to expand and strengthen our knowledge management and learning efforts and increase our collective impact,” said MWA Executive Director Keith Wright from MWA’s co-headquarters office in Nairobi, Kenya.
Chemonics International shares MWA’s guiding objective of scaling access to water security, sanitation, and hygiene services globally. As a global implementer and the top contractor for the United States Agency for International Development in terms of award value, Chemonics plays a key role in accelerating WSSH service provision. Chemonics hopes to contribute to MWA in three primary areas: inter-organizational learning, industry connections, and advocacy.
With over $300 million in water programming implemented, Chemonics has gained valuable institutional knowledge and harvested scalable successes that it hopes to share with others. Chemonics prioritizes the collection, analysis, and sharing of insights from across its programming to contribute to the global community.
“Chemonics hopes to provide insights on project successes and challenges, innovative approaches, and lessons learned with MWA and its members, and in turn, Chemonics looks forward to the evidence MWA shares from its programs, as these can be leveraged to inform Chemonics’ best practices” said Barbara Rossmiller, Senior Advisor of Chemonics’ Water and Sustainable Cities Practice.
Chemonics employs more than 5,000 experts, with 90% of staff working in their own local communities. The Water and Sustainable Cities Practice at Chemonics carefully tracks the technical experience and interests of its global network of hundreds of water, sanitation, hygiene, governance, and finance experts to leverage their unique capabilities and insights. Chemonics also prioritizes strategic partnerships with a variety of WSSH-focused organizations, spanning local nonprofits, research and academia, and the private sector.
The company has implemented projects in more than 150 countries, working carefully to cultivate strong relationships with multi-level government counterparts and USAID’s country and regional missions in each. By demonstrating reliability, learning from stakeholder input, and prioritizing locally led development, Chemonics has built relationships of trust and understanding, and joins MWA in its mission to influence government ministries and policymakers to improve the enabling environment for WSSH.
See the full list of MWA members at https://mwawater.org/about/members/. Founded by leading U.S. international WSSH implementing NGOs in 2003, the Millennium Water Alliance convenes and influences governments, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations to accelerate global progress in water, sanitation, and hygiene. MWA maintains co-headquarters staff in Washington, DC, and Nairobi, Kenya.