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October 31, 2014

Why politics matters in development

“Politics” is often treated as a dirty word in development. But, Pact believes that we can achieve more lasting project outcomes by learning to think and work "politically smart way that takes into consideration local context.” Political, social and economic factors play an important role in every aspect of people’s lives. Working in highly...

October 23, 2014

Modern heroes

“If you got lost on an island and had to make your own home there, how would you want it to run?” This was the question posed to a group of Namibian children by Pact staff members. Pact is constantly striving to take that which is complicated, distant and daunting, and make it simple, understandable and workable. It is with that philosophy in mind...

October 14, 2014

Valuing and enhancing evaluation skills

There has been a lot written about why we evaluate development programs and the importance of rigorous evaluation. But this is not what this blog is about, and if you need to be convinced about the importance of evaluation, check out this Stanford Social Innovation Review blog entry.

Myanmar
September 30, 2014

A confident future

Daw Khin Nuand and her husband struggled to support their family in Ah Shey Ka Paing Village in Myanmar despite working two jobs. Daw Khin ran a small snack shop, while her husband worked as a day laborer. Sometimes her snacks were in high demand, but often many remained at closing time, causing her to lose money. Their teenage daughter had to...

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September 26, 2014

Reimagining impact

This has been an exciting week as I wrap up three days at The Clinton Global Initiative’s 2014 Annual Meeting in New York City. Along with my fellow delegates, I had the opportunity to learn from colleagues around the world about innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges and discuss how we as a community impact the world.

southsudan
August 19, 2014

Hope in a forgotten crisis

Three years ago, millions of people in southern Sudan celebrated as their resounding vote for full independence from Sudan became reality. Since December 2013, South Sudan has been seized by conflict. Almost 1.3 million people have been displaced and around 4 million people face a humanitarian crisis, particularly women and young children.  

Niyas in Ukrain
August 11, 2014

Helping a champion bodybuilder realize his dream

Last year, Niyas Izmaylov raised as much money in two days online as he had amassed over two months soliciting friends. His story—the story of a champion bodybuilder with cerebral palsy who wanted to build a gym—moved thousands of Ukrainians to donate.

miner, Burundi, Pact, ITSCI, conflict-free, Africa
July 16, 2014

Improving mineral sourcing in Burundi

In May 2014, Burundi became the third country in the African Great Lakes Region to implement the internationally accepted iTSCi due diligence and mineral traceability system. iTSCi will be expanded to cover the country’s production and trade of tin, tantalum, and tungsten (often referred to as the ‘3Ts’). It is an important milestone for ‘conflict...

Ma Lin Lin
July 9, 2014

Empowering women entrepreneurs: Lin Lin’s story

Imagine making $4 per day. Now imagine that money has to support a family of six. For Lin Lin, a 30-year-old wife and mother in Myanmar, that was her reality. In the Coca-Cola-produced video, “Every Bottle Has a Story: Meet Ma Lin Lin from Myanmar,” Lin Lin tells her story of working in the rock mines near her village in central Myanmar. Through a...

June 27, 2014

Lou Mitchell: A true icon in the field of development

“Lou Mitchell was a true icon in the field of development. He physically and mentally towered above his colleagues as a thought leader who pushed the margins, asked difficult questions, searched for new paradigms and moved agendas. His heart, mind and soul were in perfect harmony in his commitment to make the world a better place for all. His...

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