partner organizations that improved their performance in 2017
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.
Reaching Educational Attainments of Children in the Hinterlands (REACH)
This project is expanding educational opportunities for marginalized and hard-to-reach Ethiopian children who are not attending school. REACH is targeting approximately 15,000 children in 43 districts and providing hand-washing facilities to boost school retention. The project works closely with experienced local partners, drawing on their established relationships with local stakeholders including Ethiopia's Ministry of Education, woreda and district-level education offices, schools, parent-teacher associations and community institutions. REACH is creating a conducive learning environment, attracting more children to schools and building school enrollment, retention and quality.
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.
Scaling Up Mineral Traceability (iTSCi) in the Great Lakes Region
This project is expanding the iTSCi mineral traceability system, building the capacity of mining sector stakeholders, providing health and safety programming at mine sites and bringing Pact's signature WORTH model to miners. Learn more here.
Zimbabwe Accountability and Artisanal Mining Program
This project is increasing cooperation between small-scale and industrial miners in Zimbabwe and formalizing production and trade of gold by the country’s estimated 500,000 artisanal miners. The project focuses on gold mining sites in the areas of Shurugwi, Gwanda and Kwekwe, working to improve operational, safety and environmental standards. In an extensive 2014 baseline study, Pact found that the use of mercury in artisanal mining in Zimbabwe is widespread. In response and in line with the Minimata Convention on Mercury, Pact is partnering with Zimbabwe's government to develop an inventory of mercury use and a national action plan for mercury reduction. Pact is also informing policymaking, working with the government to increase the contribution of gold to Zimbabwe’s economy and development.
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.