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March 7, 2022

‘How can I afford to not work on climate change?’ Pact’s Christy Owen fosters sustainability in Southeast Asia and beyond

Christy Owen began working on environmental issues a bit by accident when she took an entry-level project assistant job with a USAID-funded water program after college. In many ways, though, it was a perfect fit.  “My interest in international development started at home,” Owen recalls. Her parents spent time with the Peace Corps in Liberia. “I...

March 7, 2022

In the Amazon, a climate linchpin, Pact’s Vanessa Coronado builds indigenous capacity to protect rights, the environment

It was late 2020 and the Covid-19 pandemic had been halting life around the world for months. The Amazon region was no exception, but Pact’s team and local partners there were determined to not let the virus stall progress on the SCIOA project.

March 3, 2022

Mekong Connections program works with civil society on forests, rivers, wildlife and health

The women came proudly dressed to Ban Hat Bai village that cool January morning. In their handwoven pha sin skirts and their cotton tops, some indigo-dyed, they were ready for the first day of a women’s empowerment project for Mekong ecosystem restoration.

March 2, 2022

Devastating vs democratizing data: How a global indicator can engage communities and be locally led

We are moving ever further into the realm of possibility afforded by advanced data analytics and experimental methodologies, such that answers to questions posed by wicked problems* are tantalizingly close. This is revolutionizing the development sector and helping us to realize our ethical obligation to use tools and strategies that are grounded...

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Members of the Pilares Solidarity Network El Bagre prepare for a conference on child labor prevention. Credit: Maximiliano Arrieta/Diseñart.
March 1, 2022

Strengthening local organizations to stop child labor in Colombia’s gold mining communities: Lessons from the Pilares project

When we started the Pilares project, we knew one thing for certain: Child labor and other unacceptable working conditions are an intractable problem in Colombia’s gold mining communities.

February 23, 2022

With Pact’s support, mineral tracing in Burundi goes digital

Since 2014, Pact has been the field implementation partner for <a href="https://www.itsci.org/">ITSCI</a>, a traceability due diligence program for the responsible sourcing of tin, tungsten and tantalum – known as 3T minerals – from central Africa. ITSCI is the only industry initiative with standards independently confirmed to be fully...

For more than a decade, Pact has worked in the mining sector supporting companies that are improving conditions for artisanal and small-scale miners – just some of our ESG-related work. Credit: Eddie Byrd/Pact.
February 2, 2022

ESG: How Pact is supporting environment, social and governance standards around the world

Climate change. The Covid-19 pandemic. Gender, racial and income inequality. Human rights violations. These are just some of the critical global challenges that the private sector can help to address. One key way to ensure that companies and organizations are doing their part is through ESG, or environment, social and governance standards – a top-...

Roger-Mark De Souza. Credit: The Wilson Center
January 14, 2022

Q&A: Meet Roger-Mark De Souza, Pact’s Vice President for Sustainable Markets

Roger-Mark De Souza brings more than 20 years of experience driving innovation through local and global initiatives, streamlined operations and impactful teams. Over his career, De Souza has built social, economic, health and environmental justice and resilience programs, teams and movements across the world to encourage local ownership and...

December 16, 2021

Q&A: Pact welcomes Gina Volynsky as head of private sector practice

Gina Volynsky has more than 25 years of experience in international development, including 14 years of living and working in emerging economies. She has dedicated much of her career to collaborating with the private sector to address development challenges, which included heading a team working for USAID on private-sector engagement, and designing...

A Moyo Gems miner, Asha, second from right, with her crew. Credit: Michael Goima/Pact
December 7, 2021

Moyo Gems expands gemstone offerings to reach new markets, increase impact for women miners

Canadian jewelry maker Sarah Healey watched the Moyo Gems program from afar and wondered how she could get involved. She knew Moyo Gems was focused on the female gem miners of East Africa and creating consistent, fair trade markets and better prices. It was the first program of its kind in the world and was being overseen by the international...

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