citizens participating in initiatives that resulted in positive state-society engagement in 2016
Zimbabwe Civil Society Strengthening Project
This project is strengthening selected Zimbabwean civil society organizations, building their ability to influence the country's peaceful transition to a fair and transparent democratic system. With mentoring, training and funding, Pact is helping local organizations improve their strategic planning, leadership, organizational management, monitoring and evaluation, networking, advocacy, gender integration, media reform and civic engagement.
The Yetu Initiative is strengthening the capacity of Kenyan civil society organizations to engage with citizens and carry out their missions. By helping local organizations to implement their own projects and campaigns and address issues of local concern, the Yetu Initiative is cultivating a culture of community-driven philanthropy, empowering communities to solve their own problems, reducing dependency on foreign donors and creating sustainable impact. Pact is using its unique capacity development tools to provide targeted, contextualized support to its partner organizations.
Forest Incomes for Environmental Sustainability
The Forest Incomes for Environmental Sustainability project is developing key rural forest-based enterprises that provide sustainable economic opportunities for rural farmers and forest-dependent communities while also stemming deforestation and biodiversity loss. The project is strengthening forest value chains, establishing legal and management frameworks for forest enterprises, and building the forest-management capacity of local organizations.
Coming Together for Forests
This project is promoting human rights and ensuring that citizens and local communities fairly benefit from Cambodia's forest resources. Specifically, the project is building a nationwide, grassroots-led network of forest communities and helping them to better advocate for themselves as development threatens to push families off land on which they depend.
Promoting Citizen Engagement in Democratic Development, or PROCEED, is encouraging and helping Cambodian citizens to exercise more power in governance at the sub-national level. The project is increasing well-informed communication between citizens and government officials about local governance issues, and helping citizens to hold their government representatives accountable for delivering services that respond to their needs.
Somos Tesoro—We are Treasure, in Spanish—is working with the Colombian government to reduce child labor and improve health and safety in artisanal and small-scale mines through an integrated approach, addressing the many factors that lead to child labor, including economic instability, challenges in implementing public policies favoring child protection, limited public commitment to the eradication of child labor, and a lack of quality education in rural mining areas. The project focuses on two geographic areas where families rely on mining for their livelihoods: the coal mining communities of Boyacá and the gold mining communities of Antioquia. In addition to benefitting children and families vulnerable to child labor, the program is helping adult miners, teachers, educational institutions and local government. Somos Tesoro is working to strengthen schools, promote greater economic stability in mining families, apply labor and mining health and safety standards, strengthen child protection policies and formalize artisanal mining in the two mining regions.
Pact's PROMOT program works to decrease mother-to-child HIV transmission in Nigeria's Bayelsa state. The program trains community health workers who make home visits and encourage pregnant women to get tested for HIV. Women who test positive are provided antiretroviral medicine and antenatal education to drastically reduce the odds of transmitting the virus to their babies. Babies are also tested after birth. The program is also building the capacity of local organizations to carry on transmission-prevention efforts beyond the life of PROMOT.
Increasing Care Seeking Behavior
The Increasing Care Seeking Behavior (ICARE) project is increasing early care-seeking for childhood illness (within 48 hours of symptom onset) and improving the supply of quality health services. Focusing on two Nigerian states with especially high child mortality rates, the project is boosting the use of Lo - ORS and zinc for diarrhea in children under 5 as well as the effectiveness and sustainability of community-based organizations to promote the recommended management of diarrhea among children.
Sajhedari Bikaas Partnership for Local Development
The Sajhedari Bikaas Partnership for Local Development is strengthening the relationship between citizens and local governments and improving transparency, accountability and responsiveness among Nepalese officials. With conflict mitigation and technical assistance that focuses on building the capacity of local organizations and government bodies to function more independently and effectively, Pact is helping communities to better direct their own development. Following the April and May 2015 earthquakes, the program adjusted to help affected villages make disaster recovery plans, including launching mobile service camps and rebuilding destroyed small-scale infrastructure such as water taps, latrines, roads, schools and health posts.
SHINE: Sustainable Health Improvement and Empowerment
SHINE is an integrated health and livelihoods program that empowers rural communities to improve their lives in lasting ways. With trainings and workshops, community members learn about maternal and child health, disease management, and village banking. The project then supports communities to organize themselves around these issues to deliver solutions for improvement. SHINE trains community-chosen health volunteers who diagnose, treat, and refer cases of diseases such as tuberculosis and malaria; uses Village Development Funds to empower communities to decide and fund development priorities; launches mothers groups for community-based health education support; and employs Pact's signature WORTH model to help women and older girls save money and start small businesses.