Richard Harrison

country director

Meg McDermott

program officer

May Yadanar Pyae Phyo Hein

communications manager

Now in the international spotlight for its sweeping reforms and debut on the world stage, Myanmar once allowed only a few international NGOs to operate inside the country. Pact was one of them.

Pact has been implementing health, livelihoods, community development, microfinance and food security programs in Myanmar since 1997. In partnership with UNDP, USAID, DANIDA, Chevron, Coca-Cola, and more than 13,300 local organizations and community groups, Pact continues to carry out far-reaching projects throughout the emerging democracy.

Pact carries out its work in over 50 townships across seven regions and states.

In 2012 alone, Pact improved access to health care for nearly 1 million people, a significant accomplishment in a country that historically has spent among the least money on health care of any nation in the world. Pact helps villages build their own solutions, training TB Heroes to identify and treat the disease; forming mothers groups that learn better methods of childbirth and parenting; constructing fly-proof latrines to prevent the spread of diahrrea; and establishing community-led Village Health & Development Funds that make loans to villagers to improve their incomes while also funding public needs such as medicine, electricity, schools and roads.

Pact’s WORTH model, an award-winning savings-led finance program, is at the heart of three projects implemented in Myanmar. WORTH enables women to build transparent savings and credit groups and empowers them with the financial literacy needed to start microenterprises. To date, 627 savings groups have been formed with almost 15,600 members.

Pact’s extensive and integrated programming in Myanmar also includes playing a critical role in responding to natural disasters. After Cyclone Nargis in 2008, Pact provided access to drinking water, medical care, food, and shelter to people in the hardest hit areas. Today, Pact builds community resilience and resistance to shocks through livelihood and food security programs for vulnerable households.

A hallmark of Pact’s work in Myanmar is sustainability. Years after Pact leaves a village, the community institutions it helped form and develop continue to thrive.

Please go here to learn more about Pact Global Microfinance Fund in Myanmar. 


Stories and Highlights

In Myanmar, empowering women is a calling

January 29, 2016
In the nine years that Phyu Phyu Theint has worked for Pact, she has seen a lot of change. 

Hatching hope: ducks and microfinance in Myanmar

January 7, 2016
Daw Mar Mar Swe is "mother duck" to a family of 72 who quickly and obediently follow the instructions of her quacks. Eight years ago, life changed for Daw Mar Mar Swe when she took her first loan...

World leaders pledge support for responsible growth in Mekong region

August 17, 2015
At a meeting of the Lower Mekong Initiative in Malaysia this month, leaders from six nations agreed that as the region transforms, short-term growth must not come at the expense of long-term...

Pact mobilizes to provide critical assistance to Myanmar flood victims

August 5, 2015
International NGO’s unparalleled on-the-ground network already in many of hardest-hit areas Donate at Pact, one of the longest serving international organizations in...

In Myanmar, clean water to cook, bathe and grow food – all for about $2

July 31, 2015
It’s hard to overstate the difference that reliable access to clean water makes – something that the people of Ohn Hnauk village in central Myanmar are learning firsthand. Recently, Pact’s Shae Thot...

Integration is the future, and we must get there together

April 1, 2015
Integrated development is among the biggest buzzwords in international development today. NGOs use it. Government funders and foundations use it. Industry media use it. Pact uses it, too, when we...

Pact brings solar energy to rural Myanmar communities

March 23, 2015
ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, is partnering with Pact to bring electricity in the form of solar power to approximately 3,500 people in villages in rural areas of Mandalay,...
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In Myanmar, women pay it forward

March 3, 2015
When women do better, entire communities do better. That’s how Pact interprets this year’s theme for International Women’s Day – Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity.

Mekong government, civil society support strong EIAs

December 5, 2014
Government and civil society representatives highlighted the need for strong and inclusive environmental impact assessment (EIA) policies and practices in the Mekong region at a meeting this week in...

Pact and Ooredoo partner to provide mobile clinic services

October 14, 2014
Ooredoo and Pact Myanmar have signed an agreement to provide vital mobile health clinic services in Central Myanmar. The services will include two mobile clinics which will support 143 villages,...