people with increased net income and savings 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.
LIFT (Small Grant Fund)
This two-year project is strengthening livelihood systems and civil society organizations across the most food-insecure areas of Myanmar's Dry Zone. The project is supporting civil society groups to increase access to financial resources and providing context-sensitive capacity development and learning and networking opportunities.
MyCulture is growing aquaculture in Myanmar, improving both the incomes of small-scale fish farmers and the food and nutrition security of communities in the country's Dry Zone. The project is leveraging aquaculture innovations and best practices, generating knowledge to scale up interventions, and building networks and the capacity of communities to engage in small-scale aquaculture.
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.
Watato Inje Ya Mungoti: Children Out of Mining
Since 2015, Pact's Children Out of Mining project has been working with local and international partners as well as private-sector companies to address child labor at DRC mine sites. With positive, collective action and an integrated package of interventions designed to address root causes, the project achieved a 97 percent reduction in the number of children working at project mine sites in the first two years. Children Out of Mining, also known as WIM, has included awareness raising and education and livelihoods and positive parenting skills development. The project has changed attitudes and norms about child labor, increased community awareness of children’s rights and improved the enforcement of bans on child labor. Recent additions to the project have included targeted interventions to support particularly vulnerable and older children, as well as the expanded use of Pact’s signature WORTH for Miners program, which provides literacy, numeracy, savings and financial skills to miners to increase mining families’ economic resources and potential. The project has also added local committees in key mining areas, training for local suppliers on international standards, and exchange visits with other mining communities addressing child labor.
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.
Livelihood Extension Services
In Tinh Gia, Thanh Hoa, Vietnam, Pact is supporting the restoration of livelihoods for 2,000 families affected by the establishment of the Nghi Son Economic Zone. Through a case management approach, Pact works with families to assess their needs and support them to develop their own household development plans, and refer family members to other strategic social investment projects (SSI) for livelihood opportunities as appropriate to promote livelihood restoration. Using social behavior change communication, Pact assists affected people to address barriers, leverage opportunities and take ownership of their livelihood’s restoration.
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.