partner organizations that improved their performance in 2016
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.
Godere Forest Initiative
This project works to reduce conflict related to natural resources. The two-year effort is helping communities in the resource-rich Gambella region to manage and sustain the natural ecosystem and benefit from local natural resources while coexisting peacefully. Pact is building the capacity of 12 forest cooperatives and providing opportunities for different groups to come together to address underlying causes of tension. This means more equitable access to economic resources, improved forest management systems and increased space for dialogue among groups – ultimately leading to increased local capacity to manage natural resource-driven conflict.
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.
Coordinating Comprehensive Care for Children (4Children)
Coordinating Comprehensive Care for Children (4Children) is a five-year project designed to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS and other adversities. 4Children builds technical and organizational capacity, strengthens essential components of social service systems, and improves links between health and other sectors. The project engages with national and regional bodies to promote evidence-based interventions to protect at-risk children, interrupt cycles of vulnerability, and build pathways to resilience – leading to an AIDS-free generation. As a partner in a consortium, Pact works to improve the quality of service delivery through local stakeholder capacity development, network strengthening, and systems strengthening.
Linkages Across the Continuum of HIV Services for Key Populations Affected by HIV (LINKAGES)
LINKAGES is PEPFAR and USAID’s first global HIV/AIDS project dedicated to key populations (sex workers, men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs and transgender people) and their sexual partners. LINKAGES accelerates the ability of partner governments, civil society organizations and private-sector providers to plan and deliver HIV prevention services, as well as services to improve enrollment and retention care for those who are HIV-positive. As a core partner in a consortium of international organizations, Pact works to develop the capacity of community-based organizations and civil society organizations and networks serving key populations in several countries.
West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change
The West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change project addresses natural resource degradation to improve livelihoods and natural ecosystems across the West African region. The project emphasizes building partnerships at the community, national and regional levels to strengthen policies and systems that will improve natural resource management and the health and resilience of selected coastal and upland forest ecosystems to climate change. As part of a consortium, Pact is leading capacity development activities, developing demand-driven and customized approaches and focusing on outcome-level change within West African regional institutions and local partner organizations.