Blog series: Methods to inform responsive, community-led programming
Partnerships are the past, present and future of Pact
The private sector must step up against climate change, and foreign aid is helping companies do it
To ensure Africa fulfills its potential, focus on women and girls
Harnessing artisanal and small-scale mining to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals
Meet ‘HIV resilience heroes’ – leading the charge in the global fight against AIDS
For women like Ana Hernández, time is extremely valuable. Hernández works at Sunshine Bouquet, a cut flower company in Colombia. Like other women workers across Colombia, she faces a tough reality. Although income gaps between women and men have narrowed over the years, the difference remains significant, with women earning 87 Colombian pesos for...
Artisanal and small-scale cobalt mining and the importance of formalization: An explainer with Pact’s Mickaël Daudin
A key component in electric car and other rechargeable batteries, the mineral cobalt has recently taken center stage as a commodity critical to the global energy transition. Like other minerals used in everything from computers and cell phones to airplanes and medical devices, the production of cobalt is complicated. A significant portion of the...
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For many young people, working at a mine is a sure way to earn money in mineral-rich DRC. But it is also dangerous to their health and development, not to mention illegal. Considered one of the worst forms of child labor by the International Labor Organization, child labor in mining exposes kids to dangerous conditions, physical injury, mental...
Eswatini has a population of slightly more than a million people yet has one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in the world. That's why it is even more impressive that Eswatini was one of only two countries to achieve the ambitious 95-95-95 fast track targets in 2020 and is swiftly approaching sustained control of the epidemic.
As it is across much of the world, climate change is significantly affecting weather patterns across the Horn of Africa, resulting in more unpredictable rainfall and more extreme weather events, including droughts, flooding and invasions of weather-dependent insects like locusts. These events raise the region’s vulnerability to serious food...
I was asleep when the phone rang around 5 a.m. on Feb. 24. “It’s started,” I heard my son’s voice say. I knew immediately what he meant. The United States and the UK had been warning for months that Russia was planning a war in Ukraine much bigger than the one that had been simmering on our eastern border for eight years. Still, I went numb.
Pact’s longstanding livelihoods model, WORTH, is a critical tool for building financial access and incomes around the world. Since its inception in Nepal in 1998, WORTH has reached 1.14 million individuals, primarily women and girls, through 48,342 groups across 16 countries. To recognize and learn from this milestone, we recently conducted a...
The only reason that Pact exists is to improve lives in the communities where we work. How, then, can we not take action against the biggest threat to their collective future? I am of course talking about climate change. For too long, the global development sector, Pact included, has been relatively inactive when it comes to our own emissions...
Last year, Pact’s health programming reached nearly 2 million people. From Africa to Asia, we supported communities as they accessed better maternal and child health care, improved and expanded the reach of local HIV services, and much more.
Sierra Leone’s burgeoning artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) sector provides critical livelihoods for women and young men in a place where viable income-generating options are few. But the ASGM sector here is also largely informal and associated with a range of serious social and environmental challenges, including mercury use.
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