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December 1, 2017

Missing the forest for the trees

The United States is the largest bilateral donor in the global fight against HIV and AIDS. Since the launch of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in 2003, the U.S. has progressed from an initial emergency response commitment of $2.27 billion in 2004 to $6.8 billion for long-term sustainability in 2017. Arguably, PEPFAR...

Pregnant woman visits a local clinic in Nigeria as part of the PROMOT II project.
November 30, 2017

World AIDS Day 2017: To continue progress and end the pandemic, we need a systemic approach

After nearly 40 years of battling with the human immunodeficiency virus that leads to AIDS, the battle is not over. Many strides have been taken. Millions of lives are being saved today that would have been lost 30 years ago. We are making progress. Yet HIV continues to ravage the world’s most needy and vulnerable, especially in developing...

September 27, 2017

International development orgs hold greater responsibility in Trump era, senator says

In light of current challenges, development organizations as well as Congress and the business community bear tremendous responsibility for safeguarding and advancing development assistance as a critical component of American leadership and security, Sen. Ben Cardin said during a Devex-Pact discussion on the future of global development and U.S....

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...

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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...

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.”

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