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Richard Harrison

country director

Meg McDermott

program officer

Tenford Chitanana

communications specialist

As one of the longest-serving international NGOs in Myanmar, Pact has been helping people here to improve their lives since 1997. We use locally developed and owned solutions and work closely with citizens, local government and civil society.

In partnership with USAID, UNDP, DANIDA, Chevron, Coca-Cola, Ooredoo, Shell, 3MDG, LIFT, and more than 13,300 local organizations and community groups, Pact designs and implements projects that maximize local ownership and leverage existing systems and networks. Our work covers a broad spectrum of interventions, including health, livelihoods, local governance, civil society strengthening, renewable energy, water and sanitation.

Pact’s integrated approach to development puts the needs of communities first. We combine community education with grassroots governance through Village Development Committees (VDCs) and financial sustainability through Village Development Funds (VDFs). We strengthen local communities by promoting inclusive and participatory village decision-making, supporting transparent and accountable community development, and mentoring organizations to develop their institutional capacity.

In 2015, nearly 1.8 million people gained better access to health care because of Pact’s work in Myanmar. Our maternal and child health programming empowers communities to improve their well-being through a range of locally adapted interventions, which we integrate with sustainable livelihoods programs so people can better support themselves. With our partners, we’re also improving access to essential health services in hard-to-reach areas through mobile clinics that supplement community-based health interventions.

We use Pact’s award-winning WORTH model to help women lift themselves and each other out of poverty. So far we’ve formed more than 2,700 WORTH groups in Myanmar, with nearly 70,000 members.

We’ve also played a critical role in helping Myanmar to recover after natural disasters. After Cyclone Nargis in 2008 and Cyclone Komen in 2015, we helped provide food, water, medicine, household supplies and health care to hundreds of thousands of people in the hardest hit areas.

Pact envisions a Myanmar where vibrant and diverse communities exercise their voice and build lasting solutions for a better life. We’re successful when communities can say, “We did it ourselves.”

Learn more about Pact Global Microfinance Fund in Myanmar here.


Stories and Highlights

For Myanmar’s rural poor, integrated development plants seeds of change

October 17, 2016
Pact is using integrated development to build food security, resilience and local capacity in Myanmar.

Pact's Mekong Partnership for the Environment

June 27, 2016
Pact's Barry Flaming discusses the Mekong Partnership for the Environment project. Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, the project is using a regional, integrated approach to...

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.