Catherine Kannam is currently the senior vice president for Chemonics’ Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Afghanistan region. A local economic development and municipal governance specialist, Kannam joined Chemonics in 2010 as a manager. Her portfolio has included managing the Tunisia Tax and Customs Pilot, an activity under the Asia and Middle East Economic Growth Best Practices project; the Jordan Cities Implementing Transparent, Innovative, and Effective Solutions project; and the Lebanon Water Infrastructure Support and Enhancement project.
Negotiations between the Taliban and the Afghanistan government are raising hopes for peace. Chemonics explains why now is the time to address the key areas needed for the country to achieve its economic potential, to help ensure a lasting peace.
How can organizations target the challenges specifically facing minority communities while ensuring efforts contribute to the cohesion and stability of the whole society? Chemonics’ Catherine Kannam shares four best practices.
While often only seen in the context of war, Afghanistan is in fact a country making huge strides in areas of economic development, health, education, and women’s empowerment. Chemonics' Catherine Kannam highlights that such progress is indeed possible despite challenging environments and details three ways to make it happen.