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September 20, 2017

The dark secret powering your cell phone

This post originally appeared on the World Economic Forum's website.  As I stood in New York’s Penn Station on Sunday, commuters in suits and tourists wearing I Love New York T-shirts waited for their trains to Boston, Washington DC and beyond. But looking out over this sea of people, I realised I could only see the tops of their heads. Everyone...

August 30, 2017

Positioning for civil society engagement in the 2030 Agenda

As the International Forum for National NGOs Platform articulated in its recent discussion paper, Developing the Capacities of Civil Society for a Successful Implementation of the 2030 Agenda, there is an “urgent need for the international political community to plan for, and fully resource, a coordinated approach to capacity development.” With...

August 30, 2017

The ghosts of user-centered design

Sitting in the Cambodian humidity, in an open-air council hall in Pursat with storm clouds rolling in the distance, I had to wonder if I would have found myself here were it not for the concept of user-centered design.

Dirk Jan Koch and Jolien Van Ooijen observing the WORTH for miners module.
July 10, 2017

Government of Netherlands Special Envoy on Natural Resources visits Pact in Goma

On June 7, Pact’s office in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo, received a delegation from the Government of the Netherlands. The Special Envoy for Natural Resources of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dirk Jan Koch, accompanied by Hans Raadschilders, Maarten Heetderks, and Jolien Van Ooijen, visited activities implemented by the Scaling Up...

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Social return on investment study highlights
June 19, 2017

Value what matters: Measuring program value with social return on investment

Results and measurement are hot topics in international development. Many of these discussions focus on how best to measure the value of our programs, particularly in environments where it is hard to predict or pre-define outcomes. Measuring outputs is easy. How many children were weighed? How many trainings were held? It is harder to capture the...

Zambia capacity development exercise
June 7, 2017

Working for long-term change through network analysis

Pact practices capacity development to ensure lasting change based on local leadership. Over our 45-year history of capacity development in more than 30 countries, we’ve seen that while capacity development includes individuals and organizations, long-term change requires a strengthened system.

April 25, 2017

African evaluators are making development strides

The focus for this year’s African Evaluation Association (AfrEA) international conference in Kampala, Uganda, was progress. The conference, held last month, brought together 500 monitoring and evaluation professionals under the theme, “Evaluation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Opportunities and Challenges for Africa.”

M&E training in Malawi
March 31, 2017

Building M&E capacity in Malawi

A version of this article originally appeared in The Link, LINKAGES quarterly newsletter, and has been posted with permission.

Staff from a LINKAGES community-based organization during a capacity development workshop.
March 17, 2017

Financing for the future

The best way to ensure sustainable impact is by developing the capacity of local organizations and communities to solve local problems. It is why all Pact projects include developing local capacity. Pact’s brand of capacity development puts the power of international best practices in service provision, management, monitoring and evaluation in the...

March 8, 2017

Taking bold action for women

Twenty-five years ago, I moved with my husband to his home country—a developing nation where, for the first time in my life, I saw the impacts of real poverty. There, I learned that with access to economic opportunities, families can change even the direst of circumstances. It changed my direction and career forever.

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