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September 21, 2021

Do community-led programs have a role in Covid-19 vaccine preparedness? Lessons from Pact Colombia 

Community engagement is widely acknowledged as essential for achieving effective and equitable Covid-19 vaccination to end this pandemic. Yet, there is limited understanding of how development activities that are reaching most vulnerable populations can support this effort.

September 14, 2021

Partnerships between the public, private and civil society sectors are key to promoting women's democratic participation

On International Democracy Day, we're highlighting the importance of recognizing and overcoming the barriers women face to equal political and social participation in Colombia. 

Participants in the CEADZ Women's Leadership Program. (Credit: Pact)
September 9, 2021

Driven by data, Pact builds civic engagement for stronger democracies

Across the world, the ability of citizens and communities to address urgent, wide-ranging social and economic challenges depends on their civic knowledge and willingness and power to take part in civic action. Pact partners with local civil society organizations (CSOs) and individual activists to increase civic awareness and, ultimately, to expand...

Fishers in the Mekong Delta depend on both aquaculture and capture fishery. Credit: David Bonnardeaux/Pact
August 26, 2021

New grants and fellowships aim to raise local voices from the Mekong region

It was a regular Wednesday morning in Bangkok. Pact’s Thailand staff, working from home during the Covid-19 pandemic, kept an eye on the Zoom chat as the screen began to fill with faces. Participants from around the Mekong region posted introductions and greetings. The event was the first of two ‘virtual roadshows’—open online sessions—for civil...

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August 18, 2021

Environmental justice and advocacy to save Madagascar’s largest dry forest

USAID Hay Tao, part of the larger Conservation and Communities Project, is creating an enabling and empowering environment for effective community-based management and protection of Madagascar’s biodiversity and natural resources.

Eliane’s dream is to have a workshop equipped with many sewing machines that will allow her to teach sewing to other children who have left the quarries in her community. (Credit: Pact)
August 16, 2021

Pact’s vocational education program: Learnings through the years

Since 2015, Pact has worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo to eliminate and address child labour in Artisanal Small-scale Mining (ASM), which is one of the worst forms of child labour. We use a multisectoral approach in collaboration with communities, administrative authorities, companies and child miners themselves.

August 12, 2021

Pact’s Vocational Education Programme

Since 2015, Pact has worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo to eliminate and address child labour in Artisanal Small-scale Mining (ASM), which is one of the worst forms of child labour. We use a multisectoral approach in collaboration with communities, administrative authorities, companies and child miners themselves. In this approach, we have...

August 2, 2021

Electrifying rural healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa

The link between healthcare and energy is garnering more attention due to both the COVID-19 pandemic and a continuing decline in distributed energy prices. Pact and a team of researchers from Johns Hopkins University have conducted a year-long study of viable options for electrifying rural healthcare facilities to develop new frameworks for...

July 30, 2021

Turning the informal into the new normal: Social accountability in a federalizing Nepal

Over the last decade, Nepalis embarked on a historic transition that aims to alter the fundamental structures of government. As many remain hopeful for more responsive governance in the new federal system, questions remain on how longstanding social accountability mechanisms will evolve and adapt, including in response to the Covid-19 pandemic....

July 27, 2021

Integrated solutions to energy access in Tanzania

Despite the government’s deliberate initiatives to reach more people, Tanzania lags behind in its grid electricity connection targets. Only 24.5% of rural households in Tanzania have access to electricity. To help realize a future where all people enjoy the benefits of modern energy, Pact develops solutions and implements projects to expand access...

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