citizens participating in initiatives that resulted in positive state-society engagement in 2017
Advancing Community Empowerment
The Advancing Community Empowerment in Southeastern Myanmar project, supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Burma, works with communities to bolster their ownership, capacity and action to meet the needs of the most vulnerable; broaden participation for more inclusive decision making; and strengthen mechanisms for more responsive and accountable local governance. Pact is implementing Advancing Community Empowerment in partnership with Community Partners International, Mercy Corps and Save the Children. The five-year project also partners with a broad range of local and regional organizations, service providers and actors to address community development priorities.
Centre for Good Governance
This four-year project is building increased civic engagement and coherence around local development programs in Kayah State and Bago Region.
Ahlin Yaung Renewable Energy Program
The Ahlin Yaung (“light” in Myanmar language) Project is working to provide renewable energy access to 1 million low-income people in rural Myanmar by 2021. Myanmar has one of the lowest electrification rates in Asia, with the national electricity grid reaching only a small part of the population, mostly in urban areas. Ahlin Yaung uses Pact’s Village Development Committees (VDCs) and WORTH savings groups to manage the program at the community level. VDCs, through community-managed revolving funds, provide funding for households to purchase photovoltaic equipment on hire-purchase. WORTH groups manage community solar charging stations, which charge special batteries for household lighting and mobile device charging, to distribute electricity to communities. Both the revolving fund and WORTH group models generate interest and income for other village development activities. Ahlin Yaung also provides funding to villages to purchase photovoltaic equipment at the community level.
Belarus Reforms and Media Assistance Activity (BRAMA)
This project is increasing civic engagement of informed Belarusian citizens in order to contribute to positive social change at the local and national levels. Pact supports civil society organizations and less institutionalized initiatives to engage citizens in positive civic action to improve the quality of life at the community level. Pact also works with independent think tanks and policy groups to increase citizens' trust, understanding and consumption of objective information.
Pact’s ENGAGE program, which stands for Enhance Non-Governmental Actors and Grassroots Engagement, aims to increase citizen awareness of and engagement in civic activities at the national, regional and local levels. Beginning in Fall 2016, ENGAGE’s goals are to increase civic education, promote democratic reforms through local coalitions, improve the capacity of civil society organizations and ensure sustainability of civic engagement in Ukraine. In addition, ENGAGE seeks to promote inclusion of marginalized groups and build demand for fundamental European values.
Integrated Early Childhood Development
This project is providing wrap-around programming to complement Pact's Pamoja Tuwalee work. It is promoting the growth and development of children under 5 in HIV-affected communities by strengthening the capacity of caregivers and local organizations to respond effectively to the needs of young kids. Applying an ecological model, Pact implements interventions at the child, family, community and organization levels and engages with local governments to achieve maximum impact. In addition to serving tens of thousands of children, Pact is using its WORTH model to build caregivers' livelihoods, enabling them to better support and care for their children. The project also provides early childhood development lessons for caregivers, vaccinations and therapeutic feeding for malnourished children.
Building on Pact's successful implementation of PEACE II, this project works along Kenya's borders with Uganda, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Somalia to strengthen conflict-management systems and build the capacity of regional and national institutions to stem cross-border conflict.
State Accountability for Quality Improvement Project (SAQIP)
A six-year project, SAQIP is improving maternal, neonatal and child health outcomes in northeast Nigeria, where maternal and child mortality rates are especially high. SAQIP is strengthening public health systems, improving quality of care, building community engagement and empowering women economically with Pact's WORTH model so they can better provide for their own health and that of their children. Specifically, the project is building the capacity of the State Primary Health Care Development Agency and its Local Government Authority structures to carry out their mandate to provide quality maternal, neonatal and child health services through public health centers. SAQIP is also boosting the use of services and community participation in the public health system.
This project is helping to build a sustained reduction in HIV infections in Tanzania. It is launching new services as well as strengthening existing programs for HIV testing, counseling and prevention and family planning. With partners including Jhpiego, EngenderHealth and the National Institute for Medical Research Mwanza, Pact is focusing on key and vulnerable populations, aiming to engage them in a core package of high-quality, client- and community-centered combination (biomedical, behavioral and structural) services. Sauti has launched nine community-based HIV testing and counseling teams in Dar Es Salaam, Iringa, Mbeya, Shinyanga and Njombe that have reached more than 10,000 people. The project is expanding to six additional regions this year.
This project is supporting Congo's effort to develop a national framework for artisanal and small-scale mining. In addition to helping the country's government to finalize a national strategy and policy for artisanal mining, Pact is building the capacity of the government to carry out the strategy. The specific agency that Pact is strengthening is Congo's Service d’Assistance et d’Encadrement due Small Scale Mining. The project also includes the creation of a national database of artisanal and small-scale mining information. Pact is partnering with the UK-based consulting firm Estelle Levin Ltd. and a Belgian organization, the International Peace Information Service.