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Sewing apprentices take part in a Pact program that is reducing child labor in mining in DRC by helping older children find alternative means of income. (Photo: Pact)
October 19, 2020

Combating modern slavery in artisanal cobalt mining is vital to achieving the Paris Agreement targets

Coinciding with Anti-Slavery Day on October 18, last week the UK’s Independent Commission for Aid Impact (ICAI) released its review of UK aid spending to tackle modern slavery in developing countries. At least 40.3 million people – 0.5% of the world’s population – are estimated by the International Labour Organization to be victims of modern...

Mickaël Duadin and Pact/ITSCI project Manager in Maniem Province, Alpy Songoli
October 13, 2020

The ITSCI program: An interview with Mickaël Daudin

Pact is proud to be the lead on-the-ground implementer of the ITSCI system. This article was originally published in the October 2020 issue of the Tantalum-Niobium International Study Center Bulletin, and is posted here with permission.

Women panning gold in Sierra Leone.
September 14, 2020

Harnessing artisanal and small-scale mining to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals

It makes intuitive sense that artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) – low-tech, labor-intensive mineral processing and extraction – cuts across the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Community-based support staff member from Yayasan Inter Medika explains Jak-Support fund to a client.
September 9, 2020

Emergency assistance provided by LINKAGES Indonesia during Covid-19 ensures continuity of HIV and tuberculosis treatment for priority populations

This story originally appeared on the LINKAGES blog and has been cross-posted here with permission. It was written by Pact's Ria Ningsih with LINKAGES Indonesia, Lucyan Umboh with LINKAGES Indonesia and Stevie Daniels with FHI 360.

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August 5, 2020

Raising the voices of indigenous organizations across the Amazon region

“Indigenous women need autonomy, a voice and a light.” This is how Telma Taurepang describes the challenges that her community has long faced. She serves as coordinator for União das Mulheres Indígenas da Amazônia Brasileira, or UMIAB, an indigenous peoples organization in Brazil.

This year, World Day Against Trafficking in Persons focuses on the important role of first responders in helping to end human trafficking. This includes NGO staff, such as Pact's Cambodia team. (Photo: Brian Clark/Pact)
July 28, 2020

Q&A: Pact’s commitment to ending human trafficking, modern slavery and forced labor

July 30 marks World Day Against Trafficking in Persons – a day when the global community focuses its attention on one of the gravest violations of human rights. Every year, thousands of people become victims of human trafficking, both in their own countries and across borders. Men, women and children are trafficked for many reasons, including for...

Children take part in an OVC program in Tanzania aimed at reducing HIV infections. (Photo: Eddie Byrd/Pact)
July 7, 2020

AIDS 2020: Evidence-based approaches for reaching HIV epidemic control among children and adolescents

Community and clinical service providers working together to meet the needs of children and adolescents living with HIV. Digging deep into data to identify those at high risk and how best to reach them. Strong community platforms and wrap-around services.

The Kiev skyline in Ukraine, where Pact and its partners have worked for nearly a decade to build democracy and government accountability. (Photo: Brian Clark/Pact)
July 2, 2020

‘We’re Still Open:’ Balancing government transparency and accountability with effective crisis response

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought new meaning to the phrase "all politics is local." Though the virus does not discriminate, affecting 188 countries as of writing, its severity can depend on how local communities respond.

Bandung Wangi, an Indonesian organization that provides HIV services for current and former sex workers, has strengthened its capacity with Pact's support. This photo was taken just before the start of the Covid pandemic. (Photo: Brian Clark/Pact)
June 29, 2020

An important tool for responding to Covid-19 around the world? Local capacity.

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to unfold around the world, it has underlined the crucial importance of local capacity, and specifically organizational resilience. After all, it is local systems that are grappling with the public health crisis and are best placed to deliver critical services.

An artisanal miner works in Zimbabwe. (Photo: Maggie Dougherty/Pact)
June 26, 2020

As Covid-19 underscores the vulnerability of artisanal miners, Pact and partners gather data for solutions

There is no question that Covid-19 is taking a significant economic toll across the developing world. The pandemic is now expected to push 71 million additional people into extreme poverty (those living on less than $1.90 a day), according to the World Bank’s most recent projections.

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