citizens participating in initiatives that resulted in positive state-society engagement in 2016
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.
Broadening Options for Reconciliation, Development, and Empowerment among Somalis II
This three-year project is fostering peace and reconciliation in the Gedo and Juba regions of Somalia. Pact is building the capacity of community-based peace organizations, providing them with training, mentorship and technical assistance that has in turn helped them teach local communities to resolve their disputes without violence or external support. Pact's work has led to improved cooperation among peacebuilders, who now run joint response units to resolve conflicts and prevent retaliatory attacks. The project is also increasing local government involvement in peacebuilding initiatives, including district administrators, security agents and community policing units. Local governments are now enforcing community peace agreements, coordinating peacebuilding efforts in their districts to respond to conflicts and providing resources for conflict resolution. The project has provided peacebuilding trainings to thousands of Somalis. Working with local communities, Pact constructed 11 "peace dividends," including livestock markets, health and water facilities and a community hall that are increasing positive interactions among divided groups.
Central Africa Forest Ecosystem Conservation (CAFEC)
This project is using community-based natural resource management and the development of alternative, sustainable livelihoods in forest communities to preserve the humid forest ecosystems of the Congo Basin near Salonga Park.