partner organizations that improved their performance in 2016
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.
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.
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.
Shae Thot: The Way Forward
Shae Thot uses an integrated, holistic approach to alleviate poverty and improve health in villages in Myanmar by tackling problems in a range of areas, including maternal and child health, livelihoods, food security and water, sanitation and hygiene. By partnering with local organizations and working closely with communities, Shae Thot is building local capacity for decision-making and long-term planning, creating impact that will last long beyond Pact’s presence. With activities in nearly 2,000 villages, the project has trained hundreds of thousands of community members and health workers in child health and nutrition, provided mobile-clinic health and family planning services to tens of thousands, increased the percentage of women who give birth with a skilled birth attendant, provided wide-ranging hygiene training to stem the spread of disease and improved potable water access.
Yekokeb Berhan Program for Highly Vulnerable Children
Yekokeb Berhan – “light from the stars” in Amharic – has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in Ethiopia. A comprehensive, integrated program, Yekokeb Berhan helps vulnerable children in areas most affected by HIV and AIDS by supporting their families. More than 20,000 trained volunteers identify and assess the needs of highly vulnerable children and their parents or guardians in accordance with Ethiopian government standards. They then work with local community committees and civil society organizations to develop and implement care plans that emphasize economic strengthening, better parenting skills and linking families to locally available services to build resiliency.
Pact’s RESPOND program is improving HIV/AIDS services for key populations in Ukraine. The program is helping local decision-makers to understand the benefits of using strategic information to boost services where they’re lacking, and it’s strengthening the organizational and technical capacities of local providers to better respond to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Pact is helping Ukraine to build a continuum model of client-centered prevention, treatment, care and support services, ensuring that no one with HIV or AIDS is left behind.