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June 27, 2018

Show me the money? Not necessarily: Lessons learned from building an innovation practice at a global nonprofit

When Pact, a Washington, D.C.-based global nonprofit founded in 1971, first invested in innovation in fall 2013, we looked to determine whether we could institute a dedicated innovation team to source and win unrestricted funding for concepts from across Pact’s country and project staff. The nuanced and complex nonprofit system required a...

June 26, 2018

The next phase of rural electrification in Myanmar

How do you provide a service when neither the provider nor the customer has a good sense of the demand? This is one of the main challenges facing the off-grid energy industry in Myanmar, a country where less than 40 percent of the population currently has access to modern energy services. By comparison, sizing a solar system for a home or business...

June 15, 2018

In Swaziland, when your goal is to save lives, it's easy to ask, 'Usokile yini?'

By Thobile Mkhonta Usokile yini? Can you say it? Uso-ki-le yi-ni? I ask this question every day, to boys, men, husbands, brothers and grandfathers. I ask it at community meetings, in family compounds, on sports grounds. It’s a sensitive question, and when you hear what it means, it might make you uncomfortable. It might even make you blush. But in...

May 2, 2018

Finding a familiar face – and progress – amid Malawi's FISH

In 2015, Monica Mazuwa didn’t seem disillusioned. But as she talked about the challenges facing beach village committees, I wondered how she wasn’t. She was candid about their work at the time, “The beach village committees are struggling. They aren’t organized. They barely function.”

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April 3, 2018

Welcome to the world, Government Performance Index!

For years, Pact’s Organizational Performance Index, or OPI, has been helping local organizations to measure their capacity, understand their weaknesses and systematically improve them to become the best they can be. From Ukrainian nonprofits that serve people with HIV to peace and security institutions in Africa, organizations around the world...

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March 8, 2018

Technology to provide leg-up to rural women

One of the key building blocks of resilience is financial stability. When a family member suddenly falls ill, having access to income, particularly savings, can make all the difference. But, for many of the world’s poorest people, this is nothing more than a distant hope. They not only lack access to the formal financial system, but also the...

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December 1, 2017

Missing the forest for the trees

The United States is the largest bilateral donor in the global fight against HIV and AIDS. Since the launch of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in 2003, the U.S. has progressed from an initial emergency response commitment of $2.27 billion in 2004 to $6.8 billion for long-term sustainability in 2017. Arguably, PEPFAR...

Pregnant woman visits a local clinic in Nigeria as part of the PROMOT II project.
November 30, 2017

World AIDS Day 2017: To continue progress and end the pandemic, we need a systemic approach

After nearly 40 years of battling with the human immunodeficiency virus that leads to AIDS, the battle is not over. Many strides have been taken. Millions of lives are being saved today that would have been lost 30 years ago. We are making progress. Yet HIV continues to ravage the world’s most needy and vulnerable, especially in developing...

September 27, 2017

International development orgs hold greater responsibility in Trump era, senator says

In light of current challenges, development organizations as well as Congress and the business community bear tremendous responsibility for safeguarding and advancing development assistance as a critical component of American leadership and security, Sen. Ben Cardin said during a Devex-Pact discussion on the future of global development and U.S....

September 20, 2017

The dark secret powering your cell phone

This post originally appeared on the World Economic Forum's website.  As I stood in New York’s Penn Station on Sunday, commuters in suits and tourists wearing I Love New York T-shirts waited for their trains to Boston, Washington DC and beyond. But looking out over this sea of people, I realised I could only see the tops of their heads. Everyone...

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