partner organizations that improved their performance in 2016
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.
Swan Yi uses WORTH, Pact’s savings-based economic empowerment model, to help women better support themselves and their families. In addiition 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. These groups have accrued more than $1.5 million through weekly savings, enabling women to take nearly 100,000 loans worth more than $5.7 million. 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.
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.
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.
Accelerating Stunting Reduction in Songwe Region
This four-year project targets Tanzania's Songwe region, where poor hygiene and child malnutrition are especially rampant. Pact is addressing root causes of stunting in infants and young children with a Social and Behavior Change Communication strategy focused on the individual, interpersonal and community levels. Community health workers are educating pregnant women and mothers of young children on topics including hygiene and sanitation, maternal nutrition and early childhood development. Pact is also sensitizing influential family members and local leaders on the importance of childhood nutrition to create an enabling environment.
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.