The rains have started in South Sudan. They are early this year in the southern part of the country. While the rains bode well for agriculture in this new nation recovering from years of war and conflict, rain affects the ability to travel, implement projects and share information.
I was a panelist on a workshop session Tuesday, April 30, discussing whether U.S.-based NGOs should join the open data movement that many donors and European NGOs have already signed on to. The International Accountability and Transparency Initiative (IATI) provides guidelines and standards for publishing data on international aid.
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A recent Washington Post story ("Microsavings Programs Build Wealth, Pennies at a Time," March 15, 2013) extols the virtues of regular savings to help the “poorest of the poor” lift themselves out of poverty. We at Pact couldn’t agree more. But the article also takes a swipe at microlending, in which nonprofit microfinance institutions offer...
In December, I had the privilege of visiting Pact’s Ethiopia office where I met several of our women’s savings and lending groups. One visit to Adigrat, close to the Eritrean border, has stayed in my mind as particularly memorable. After a long drive through an absolutely spectacular landscape of rock plateaus and mountains, our team arrived at...
A coalition of international nonprofits and the United Nations Children’s Fund released a handbook in March called “Moving Forward: Implementing the Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children” in Geneva, spotlighting Pact’s development of minimum standards for residential childcare facilities in Namibia as a promising practice to improve the...
Who needs Pact and Chevron? Not the 600-person village of Taw Chaung Lay (pronounced Toe Chowng Lee). And that's just fine with Pact and Chevron, partners in the landmark Strengthening Community Response health project launched in hundreds of villages throughout Myanmar's deeply impoverished Dry Zone in 2003.
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