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Innovation talk with USAID Global Development Lab
December 22, 2016

5 lessons from a conversation with USAID’s chief of design innovation

Innovation is a nebulous topic that often means 20 different things to 20 different people. This week, Pact hosted Seema Patel, Chief of Design Innovation at USAID’s Global Development Lab, for an armchair conversation that sought to demystify many of the interworkings of USAID’s innovation arm and how it works with the rest of the agency.

InsideNGO panel on impact investing
December 21, 2016

3 lessons from my seat at the impact investing table

In Fall 2015, The Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), GOAL, InsideNGO, Mercy Corps and Pact launched the INGOs in Impact Investing Network, a new forum for INGOs to learn, collaborate, conduct joint research and collectively advocate. What originally began as a small group of like-minded people swapping stories of their triumphs...

A pregnant woman in Nigeria receives care at a PMTCT site.
November 30, 2016

Putting our hands up to eliminate the scourge of HIV

In 1988, the year of the first World AIDS Day, an HIV diagnosis was considered a death sentence. All we had for treatment in those days was one single drug known as AZT. Our approach to prevention was to help people find approaches they could incorporate into their lives. We called it the menu approach, and that menu included condoms, dental dams...

November 22, 2016

At MIT design summit in Zambia, real design with real people

What if world-leading organizations teamed up to develop and scale technology and business solutions to end global poverty? This question, currently on the MIT Practical Impact Alliance (PIA) homepage, is one we’re asking ourselves at Pact, too.

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November 2, 2016

Local solutions in action: How Pact is using human-centered design to act on beneficiary feedback

One of Pact’s core values is local solutions. In short, this means we believe that true success can only come from solutions created in partnership with the people we serve. It’s why Pact’s innovation team, which I lead, decided to make beneficiary feedback the focus of our first-ever Global Innovation Competition.

i_Tolerant: Taking Out the Negative
October 12, 2016

100 million ideas for $100 million

Like many nonprofits around the world, Pact buzzed with excitement around the release of the MacArthur 100&Change competition in the spring of 2016. The MacArthur Foundation was offering an unprecedented $100 million grant to fund a single proposal that can make measurable progress toward solving a critical problem of our time. Solutions...

September 13, 2016

Building organizational capacity across the continuum of care in Indonesia

For most of his life, John Jonathan Nap has dedicated himself to helping others. It was an example set for him by his father, who moved their family of nine from Indonesia’s comfortable coast to its desolate highlands to serve as a missionary and teacher when Nap was young. “I believe that on this earth there should be someone who sacrifices their...

Roger-Mark DeSouza, Wilson Center, and Nanette Barkey, Pact, join panelists from DAI, USAID, and Social Impact to talk integration.
September 6, 2016

Development experts tease out opportunities and challenges for integration research and practice

This post originally appeared on the Locus website and has been cross-posted with permission. Although it comes with challenges, integration is essential to international development and holds vast potential for achieving more sustainable results, a panel of experts agreed during a wide-ranging discussion on integrated programming.

During a recent trip to Colombia, Michelle Risigner used human-centered design as part of Pact's Somos Tesoro project.
August 11, 2016

It’s not Design Thinking. It’s Design Doing.

Anyone working in international development will tell you that it is critical to make the voice, needs and desires of your beneficiaries the core of every project. Development uses a number of methodologies to make sure program designers create solutions rooted in local priorities. What we often fail to do with these methodologies, though, is test...

Local women in Colombia
July 28, 2016

Putting the buzz in the word: Innovation

Innovation has long been a part of Pact’s institutional fabric, perhaps best exemplified by our trailblazing work in capacity development over the past couple of decades. But until 2013, innovation at Pact had been organic, not intentional. That’s when the organization took the necessary step of making innovation a deliberate, resourced function...

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