partner organizations that improved their performance 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.
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.
Swan Yi uses WORTH, Pact’s savings-based economic empowerment model, to help women better support themselves and their families. In addition to helping women save money and access credit, WORTH provides intensive training and support to build members' capacity as successful entrepreneurs. The project incorporates leadership skills to support the health and education of women, their families and communities. Since 2013, Swan Yi has established more than 1,200 savings groups with more than 30,000 members. Swan Yi also incorporates an advocacy curriculum rooted in empowerment principles, educating members on topics including labor law, domestic violence, divorce and children’s and land rights. Continuous self-learning helps women develop business literacy and numeracy skills to start, manage and sustain their businesses. A recently added project component is creating a healthy physical environment at the community level by promoting improved waste management practices through a participatory community action process.
Strengthening the Capacity of Indigenous Organizations in the Amazon
The Strengthening the Capacity of Indigenous Organizations in the Amazon project, or SCIOA, is increasing indigenous people's influence in the governance of the Amazon region in order to protect the region's environment and the rights of its indigenous people. As part of USAID's Human Rights Support Mechanism, the project is reducing the negative impacts of economic development, including infrastructure projects and extractive activities, on Amazon forests and water resources. Through evidence-based programming, an emphasis on learning by doing and adapted, culturally relevant capacity development tools, Pact is building the capacities of indigenous organizations to access and manage financial resources and take ownership of their own development planning and priorities in the Amazon rainforest of Colombia, Peru and Brazil.
The Lower Mekong Initiative
The Lower Mekong Initiative serves as a platform to address transnational development challenges. In order to effectively coalesce around this purpose, LMI stakeholders must ensure that governments in the region have capacity to meet development challenges, with technical tools and networks to agree upon sustainable solutions and approaches. This effort will help build the relevance of the LMI by growing trust between the U.S. government and government ministries in the region. This project is strengthening the ability of Lower Mekong governments to understand and manage shared natural resources, improve joint planning and coordination and deploy new technologies, approaches and methodologies concerning sustainable development, natural resources conservation and management and climate change.
Prosper expands on Experian’s current financial education program in Vietnam with iCare Benefits (iCB), aiming to empower and reduce the vulnerabilities of 2.7 million female factory workers to pernicious credit practices and informal lending, and prevent defaults while raising their ability to access to essential household services from iCB. In the current pilot stage Pact is designing and delivering financial education modules to 1,500 female factory workers, with a focus on personal and household financial management. The materials developed from the pilot will be designed for replicability and scalability while accommodating the local context. Pact uses a three-pronged approach based upon best practices for informal adult learning, including opportunities for participants to practice and apply the module’s principles, to build financial literacy and provide financial-management practice opportunities.
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.
Kizazi Kipya: New Generation
The Kizazi Kipya project, or New Generation, is working to transform the lives of vulnerable Tanzanian children and young people, particularly those affected by HIV. This five-year project builds on years of collaboration between Pact and USAID in Tanzania that already has made a significant, measurable difference for the country’s youth. Kizazi Kipya's planned outcomes include better financial resources for parents and caregivers of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), as well as improved access to health and HIV services for children and adolescents, including those who are hard to reach. The project is working across all regions of Tanzania. Partners include the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, the Aga Khan Foundation, Restless Development, Railway Children Africa and the Ifakara Health Institute.
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.