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February 13, 2019

Debunking M&E myths in international development

By Binod Chapagain and Erica Kuhlik “Results-based management provides a set of principles, approaches and tools which can help us achieve… goals. By always trying to answer the ‘so what difference does our intervention make?’ question, we will keep our focus on how we can support real and sustainable improvements being made in the lives of...

Ann Mei Chang speaks Jan. 22 at Pact.
January 25, 2019

Former USAID chief innovation officer visits Pact to discuss social sector impact

Pact recently welcomed former USAID chief innovation officer Ann Mei Chang to discuss innovation, maximizing impact in the social sector and her new book, Lean Impact.  Watch a full recording of the Facebook Live event here. Below are key takeaways from Chang's talk.  In your transition from the private sector to USAID, what were your most eye-...

January 4, 2019

As Ukraine works to deinstitutionalize children, Pact provides essential data tool

In Ukraine, more than 100,000 children are living in residential care institutions, but only 8 percent of those children are orphans. Children are placed in institutions for various reasons, including a lack of available community-based and social support services for families facing extreme poverty, high rates of unemployment, low access to day...

December 20, 2018

Celebrating 20 years of WORTH

In 1998 in a village in the lowlands of Terai, Nepal, just south of the Himalayas, a group of 25 women came together to form a WORTH savings-led microbanking group. Building on a familiar tradition of women saving together in rotating saving and credit associations, this new WORTH program intended to be more than a village savings and loan group....

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December 10, 2018

Much progress still to be made, but Belarus is opening up internally and externally, panel says

Although it is subtle, meaningful change is taking place in Belarus as the post-Soviet country becomes less isolated, moves closer to the West while balancing its ties with Russia, and opens widening space for civil society, according to a panel of experts who spoke Dec. 7 in Washington, D.C. Progress has been slow and many challenges remain, the...

November 30, 2018

It’s best to test: A message for World AIDS Day in 2018

By Hope and Abigail Nsokolo As the world celebrates World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, with the theme “Know your status,” we are proud to know our HIV status, especially because two years ago, we would never have considered going for an HIV test. Many of our peers have never been tested for HIV. That is why, this World AIDS Day, we want to encourage other...

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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