Pact gives voice to those without by fostering national, regional, and local governance that’s inclusive, transparent and accountable -- making them heard. Our efforts cut across all the work we do.



citizens participating in initiatives that resulted in positive state-society engagement in 2016

Everyone deserves to participate in their own governance, but often those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization are left out.

Pact helps people who may lack resources, information or influence to exercise their voice through education, networking, coalition-building and advocacy. Our tools and strategies connect people with public servants, enable them to track their activity and efficiency, and give communities a say in policymaking and priorities.

Likewise, Pact also works directly with host government officials, legislators, local government councils and key ministries to devise ways to share information, decisions, plans and progress reports with communities.

In more than dozen countries today, Pact nurtures positive state-society engagement based on inclusiveness, responsiveness, transparency and accountability.

Pact’s emphasis on partnership cultivates grassroots support for reform by encouraging collaborative efforts between civil society organizations; local, regional and national NGOs; businesses; and government. These networks build broad-based constituencies whose voices command attention.

Pact and its partners also help train women in political leadership, conduct civics education in schools and communities, raise awareness of issues critical to marginalized groups, and reinforce democratic and gender-equal ideals.

Information that is readily accessible and understandable creates an informed constituency that builds their future on transparency and accountability, so Pact trains watchdog groups and journalists to access information, track budgets and share their findings.

Government can seems like something done to people, not on behalf of people. Unless those governed participate in the process, adminstrations become out-of-touch and nonresponsive - or worse, wateful and corrupt.

Our Governance Work in Action

Rebuilding Stronger: Putting Communities in Charge after Nepal’s Earthquakes

August 31, 2017
In 2012, Pact began implementing USAID’s Sajhedari Bikaas project in six southern districts of Nepal. The six-year effort is helping rural...

After earthquakes in Nepal, rebuilding better

June 19, 2017
With a unique model that puts post-disaster communities in charge of their own recovery, Nepalis are building much more than water systems.

Armed with knowledge, a ‘citizen leader’ in Cambodia makes a difference

February 13, 2017
Before Pact's PROCEED project, local officials in Cambodia rarely listened to citizens’ concerns, and citizens often were too afraid to...

Belarus in Global Ratings 2016

January 20, 2017
For Belarus internally, 2016 was a year of relative political liberalization, gradual normalization of relations with the West and...

Pact's Mekong Partnership for the Environment

June 27, 2016
Pact's Barry Flaming discusses the Mekong Partnership for the Environment project. Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development...

Champions of Democracy: Pact, Partners Make History in Ukraine

March 28, 2016
In partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development, Pact launched its UNITER program in 2008 to support local civil society...

First Polling Memo on Community Participation in Belarus

February 12, 2016
Pact is launching a series of publications on Belarusians’ participation in the development of local communities. The national study was...
Access to Justice community meeting

Helping vulnerable people exercise their voice, access their rights

December 10, 2015
"Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always." That’s the theme for this year’s Human Rights Day. At Pact, we believe all individuals are entitled to...

In Ukraine, Pact partners make history, usher in democracy

November 13, 2015
Strengthened by Pact, Ukrainian civil society organizations played a critical part in the country's Euromaidan revolution. Now, Pact's...

Unconflicted: Mineral traceability in Africa’s Great Lakes region

October 29, 2015
Throughout Africa’s Great Lakes region, Pact and our partners are working to ensure small-scale and artisanal miners have legal access to...