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May 8, 2020

Amid Covid-19, economic resilience and poverty alleviation are more important than ever

Pact has been working to alleviate poverty for almost five decades. During this time, the world has seen significant progress. Over the past 40 years, the percentage of people living in extreme poverty has fallen from about 40 percent globally to less than 10 percent.

May 4, 2020

In Cambodia, as Covid-19 adds new burdens for young women entrepreneurs, Pact and USAID move support online

Even before the Covid-19 pandemic, many of the young women entrepreneurs who Pact supports in Cambodia struggled to keep their businesses afloat. Sabine Joukes leads Pact’s Women’s Entrepreneurs Act project, or WE Act, which is funded by USAID. When she thinks about the many business owners who inspire her – women who run restaurants, shops,...

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April 27, 2020

World Day for Health & Safety at Work: How conditions are steadily improving for miners, including at one DRC cobalt site

Mining provides a livelihood for millions of men and women around the world, many of whom have few other options for supporting their families. Pact’s Mines to Markets program uses an integrated, holistic approach to help resource-dependent communities improve their lives. Pact brings together government, industry and miners themselves to make...

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April 24, 2020

Pandemic priorities: Is access to energy one of them?

The huge disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted how much 

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April 21, 2020

This Earth Day, Covid-19 reminds us that the environment’s health and our own are one

The year 2019 saw human-induced natural disasters decimate the planet’s ecosystems—and the wildlife that depend on them—at an alarming rate. Expansive and destructive wildfires ravaged rainforests from the Amazon to Indonesia, and from the Russian taiga to the Australian bush. Air pollution, which accounts for over 4 million premature deaths per...

April 15, 2020

As the world faces Covid-19 together, innovation is key

While none of us would ever wish for it, the Covid-19 pandemic presents an unprecedented opportunity for global innovation. Never in modern times has the international development sector been faced with a singular challenge in every country around the globe. This offers a glimpse into a world where we have a better sense of our combined humanity—...

April 13, 2020

‘For some women and children, home is not the safest place’: Responding to family and gender-based violence amid Covid-19

As communities around the world grapple with the medical and economic calamities created by Covid-19, a separate but related crisis is unfolding: a significant rise in domestic violence, including gender-based violence and violence against children.  Experts say new social strains set in motion by the pandemic, namely movement restrictions and...

April 13, 2020

From data to knowledge: How Pact is working with Mekong partners to solve water policy problems

The Mekong River turned blue in the December-January dry season of 2019 and 2020. This postcard-pretty hue was not good news, however. The color change, from its regular muddy brown to a clear aquamarine, was the result of unusually low flows coupled with a lack of sediment in the water. The change occurred as the river at many points sank to...

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April 10, 2020

As developing countries cope with Covid-19, strong community health resources provide a lifeline

For years, the people of Sabagreia, in Bayelsa State, Nigeria, had nowhere to turn for reliable health care, as the government health center had long been closed. When Pact began working in Sabagreia to prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission, the shuttered health center immediately stood out as a problem. Pact provided training to the local...

March 24, 2020

How can you promote gender equality in Rwanda's mining sector?

Pact's Rwanda office hosted a panel discussion and networking lunch for International Women’s Day 2020 to celebrate women's achievements in the country’s mining sector while also exploring how greater equality can be achieved.

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