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October 17, 2018

Looking beyond the symptoms of poverty, to systemic solutions

As a parent, I hear the word ‘why’ a lot. Many parents can relate. After being bombarded with ‘whys,’ our default response often becomes “because I said so.” But our kids are onto something. As the head of an international development organization, I get this question a lot at work, too. Here, we encourage it. We challenge our staff to ask...

AZWIM members showcasing their jewelry made from Development Minerals at ASM18.
September 19, 2018

ASM18: Placing the voices and visions of women artisanal miners at the heart of policy discussions

Set against the backdrop of the Victoria Falls, the voices and visions of small-scale miners were placed center-stage at the ASM18 conference in Livingstone, Zambia.

September 10, 2018

A lesson from Turkana in the true impact of peacebuilding

Turkana is a county in the northwest of Kenya that touches the borders of Uganda, South Sudan and Ethiopia. It is both a stunningly beautiful and forsaken place where mountains and steep red canyons rise high above an arid plain that transitions into the Sahara further north and temperatures often soar beyond 40 degrees centigrade. The pastoral...

September 3, 2018

In historic milestone, Malawi fishing communities take true ownership over local natural resource management

The notion of participatory fisheries management isn’t new in Malawi. It was first introduced 25 years ago as a means to address collapsing fish species populations in the country’s lakes, which have been a vital source of income and nutrition here for generations. The idea, essentially, was that management of these critical resources should be...

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August 21, 2018

Ending energy poverty: An interview with Pact's Matthew Cullinen

For years, Pact has worked with rural communities in Myanmar to improve their lives. With its partners, the organization has helped villages make dramatic change in areas including health, water and sanitation, agriculture, livelihoods and access to credit. But a major need was going unmet: electrification. With little grid access, progress in...

August 8, 2018

Why customer insight is crucial in the fight against HIV: What I shared at AIDS 2018

The global development community has long referred to the people and institutions we serve as our beneficiaries. In truth, they’re also our partners and customers. That last word might sound a bit odd, but as the head of Pact’s innovation team, I see it as a critically important distinction. Although my innovation colleagues and I are embedded in...

July 20, 2018

Changing business as usual: How sustainable investment promotes sustainable land use

By Natcha Tulyasuwan, Sustainable Landscapes Finance Specialist, USAID Green Invest Asia & Jim Jarve, Strategic Advisor, USAID Green Invest Asia Summary Sustainable investments make good business sense. Investing in sustainable production reduces the risk of supply chain disruptions. Incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG)...

July 3, 2018

In Nigeria, a state-level health COP shows the power of convening

Reducing diarrheal disease among children is a major goal of the global health community. Although it is both preventable and treatable, it is the second leading cause of death among children under 5, killing more than half a million each year. So in 2013, when Pact launched its ICARE project in Nigeria with funding from the Bill & Melinda...

June 27, 2018

Show me the money? Not necessarily: Lessons learned from building an innovation practice at a global nonprofit

When Pact, a Washington, D.C.-based global nonprofit founded in 1971, first invested in innovation in fall 2013, we looked to determine whether we could institute a dedicated innovation team to source and win unrestricted funding for concepts from across Pact’s country and project staff. The nuanced and complex nonprofit system required a...

June 26, 2018

The next phase of rural electrification in Myanmar

How do you provide a service when neither the provider nor the customer has a good sense of the demand? This is one of the main challenges facing the off-grid energy industry in Myanmar, a country where less than 40 percent of the population currently has access to modern energy services. By comparison, sizing a solar system for a home or business...

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