Strong alliances, strengthened communities: A well-built international partnership makes a difference for miners
There was a time when Benjamín, an artisanal miner from Boyacá, Colombia, worried each day as he left for work that he might never see his family again. As a miner, he told us, your work is so dangerous that “you don't know if you'll arrive home at night.” Today, thankfully, Benjamín’s reality is very different. With the occupational safety and...
Last year, as part of Pact’s ongoing effort to maximize its impact, put communities at the center of all it does and end power imbalances in international development, the organization’s Board of Directors took an unprecedented step: It voted to establish a Shareholder Council made up of people from communities Pact serves.
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With Pact’s support, Ethiopia Ministry of Peace launches new conflict early warning and rapid response system
Fueled by poverty and tension among the country’s ethnic groups, conflict has long beset Ethiopia. International and Ethiopian partners have worked with the government as Africa’s second most populous nation has made important progress. But until recently, a critical tool for peace was missing: a comprehensive system for quickly detecting and...
It’s a cloudy day in the late July rainy season in Savannakhet, a province in central Lao PDR that sits along the Mekong River and the Thai border. A group of men and women is gathered around a thick blue pipe. One end connects to a thinner pipe that leads to spigot. The other end extends deep underground, drawing water from an aquifer. It’s the...
Pact's Selam Ekisil project supported the annual Tobong’u Lore cultural festival in Lodwar, Turkana, to help foster peace, prosperity and local development in the border region, which historically has been beset by conflict and insecurity.
On a sunny day in April, 210 students and their parents stood in anticipation outside a school in Cité Musonoie, a mining town located in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) copper-cobalt mining hub. The children attended a mix of 16 different schools in the area, about half were boys and half girls, some as young as 6 and some as old as 17,...
by Pact Nigeria Ask frontline healthcare workers across Gombe State about improvements in patient care, and nearly all of them, from doctors to nurses to midwives, will mention one thing – the partograph. Before, we weren’t using the partograph, they’ll say. Now, we all use it correctly, every time.
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