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May 24, 2021

Five ideas for supporting CSOs to be more relevant, resilient and sustainable

The notion of civil society sustainability used by international development practitioners over-fixates on issues of civil society organizations' (CSOs’) financial viability and fails to prepare civic actors to be able to weather rapid changes in their operating environment while still staying true to their missions.

April 22, 2021

Celebrating Southeast Asias forests and fields -- everyday

This story was originally published on USAID Green Invest Asia's website. See the original article here. By Christy Owen, Chief of Party

A Covid-19 hand-washing station in Ethiopia. (Credit: Pact)
April 7, 2021

This World Health Day, key insights from Covid-19 to build a fairer, healthier world

Everyone has a right to be healthy. This is at the heart of the global push for universal health care. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has shown that there are still deep disparities in health risks and access, rooted in socio-economic and structural inequalities that persist in many communities. While Pact’s commitment to supporting the most...

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March 16, 2021

A walk in my shoes: A social worker in South Africa makes a difference for children vulnerable to HIV

I first heard about the girl from a nurse at a clinic that I support in Bojanala, South Africa. A social worker with USAID’s Government Capacity Building Support program, or GCBS, I followed up with a visit to the girl’s home. I knew the case might be critical, but the situation was even more dire than I’d expected. We found a 13-year-old girl...

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Caroline Anstey, Zewud Debebe, Samantha Barbee and Maria Barton.
March 3, 2021

Q&A: The women leading Pact into the future of international development

Despite progress, around the world, organizations from private companies to governments and large nonprofits continue to exclude women from top leadership roles. Among Fortune 500 companies, for example, just 8 percent of CEOs are women.

A snapshot of Pact’s publicly accessible Global Indicator dashboard.
February 26, 2021

Are agency-level global indicators enlightening or constricting?

There is an endless tussle between the divergent needs of data users in the international development sector. Program stakeholders need tailored measurement systems that provide concrete evidence for making adaptive management decisions and assessing progress against the program’s criteria for success. These criteria are often highly...

A meeting of parliament in Ukraine, where Pact has supported democracy since 2012. (Credit: Brian Clark/Pact)
February 12, 2021

Opinion: Toward a more assertive and humble pro-democracy agenda

The past four years have been a time of soul searching for those in the business of deploying U.S. taxpayer resources for the promotion of democracy, human rights, and good governance overseas.

January 25, 2021

Rhetoric or redundant? Making the most of adaptive management

“Adaptive management” has become one of those pieces of jargon dropped into international development program plans and proposals as an all-encompassing, sometimes throw-away term with little practical meaning. Yet we continue to use it. Why? Because while it often conceals more than it illuminates, it also represents something essential: the idea...

Children play games as part of ChommY, a GCBS-supported program designed to reduce risky behavior and HIV infections among 10-to-14 year olds. (Credit: Tanja Bencun-Roberts/Pact)
December 14, 2020

Supporting HIV-vulnerable children in South Africa: Why health and social system strengthening is key

South Africa’s HIV rates are among the highest in the world. We know that the country’s children – especially those who are orphaned or otherwise socially vulnerable – are critical to finally controlling the AIDS epidemic here.

Woman sluicing gold-bearing ore on Gori Maria mine site in Mikei, Migori, Kenya. (Credit: Jorden de Haan/Pact)
December 7, 2020

Reversing ‘conflict minerals’: Let’s formalize artisanal mining for peaceful, just and inclusive societies

This is a cross-post of a Guest Article published on the IISD SDG Knowledge Hub. Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) is a largely informal industry, known for its close relations with armed conflict, organized crime, human rights abuses, and corruption. But the sector is also a critical engine for rural development in the Global South.

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