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April 1, 2019

Enabling African youth evaluators to own their future

At Pact, we are committed to culturally responsive and empowering evaluation, which we believe is critical to sustainable development. As part of this commitment, Pact recently partnered with The Mastercard Foundation to fund scholarships for 19 youth evaluators from 11 countries to attend the 9th African Evaluation Association (AfrEA)...

A BVC member in Mangochi presents a petition to the chair of the PCAIWD committee, Chidanti Malunga.
March 21, 2019

Parliamentary committee supports Malawi's fisheries sector

By Mercy Phiri The main objectives of the USAID-funded Fisheries Integration of Societies and Habitats project, or FISH, are to increase resiliency to climate change and improve biodiversity conservation through effective, sustainable fisheries co-management across all four major lake ecosystems in Malawi. To meet these objectives and ensure that...

March 8, 2019

Thinking equal, building smart and innovating for change this International Women’s Day

Each year on March 8, Pact proudly takes part in International Women’s Day. We celebrate the women on our staff, the women we serve around the globe and their many triumphs, and we acknowledge and discuss challenges that remain. This is because we firmly believe that only when we advance gender equality and the empowerment of women will we see a...

February 13, 2019

Debunking M&E myths in international development

By Binod Chapagain and Erica Kuhlik “Results-based management provides a set of principles, approaches and tools which can help us achieve… goals. By always trying to answer the ‘so what difference does our intervention make?’ question, we will keep our focus on how we can support real and sustainable improvements being made in the lives of...

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January 25, 2019

Former USAID chief innovation officer visits Pact to discuss social sector impact

Pact recently welcomed former USAID chief innovation officer Ann Mei Chang to discuss innovation, maximizing impact in the social sector and her new book, Lean Impact.  Watch a full recording of the Facebook Live event here. Below are key takeaways from Chang's talk.  In your transition from the private sector to USAID, what were your most eye-...

January 4, 2019

As Ukraine works to deinstitutionalize children, Pact provides essential data tool

In Ukraine, more than 100,000 children are living in residential care institutions, but only 8 percent of those children are orphans. Children are placed in institutions for various reasons, including a lack of available community-based and social support services for families facing extreme poverty, high rates of unemployment, low access to day...

December 20, 2018

Celebrating 20 years of WORTH

In 1998 in a village in the lowlands of Terai, Nepal, just south of the Himalayas, a group of 25 women came together to form a WORTH savings-led microbanking group. Building on a familiar tradition of women saving together in rotating saving and credit associations, this new WORTH program intended to be more than a village savings and loan group....

November 30, 2018

It’s best to test: A message for World AIDS Day in 2018

By Hope and Abigail Nsokolo As the world celebrates World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, with the theme “Know your status,” we are proud to know our HIV status, especially because two years ago, we would never have considered going for an HIV test. Many of our peers have never been tested for HIV. That is why, this World AIDS Day, we want to encourage other...

October 17, 2018

Looking beyond the symptoms of poverty, to systemic solutions

As a parent, I hear the word ‘why’ a lot. Many parents can relate. After being bombarded with ‘whys,’ our default response often becomes “because I said so.” But our kids are onto something. As the head of an international development organization, I get this question a lot at work, too. Here, we encourage it. We challenge our staff to ask...

AZWIM members showcasing their jewelry made from Development Minerals at ASM18.
September 19, 2018

ASM18: Placing the voices and visions of women artisanal miners at the heart of policy discussions

Set against the backdrop of the Victoria Falls, the voices and visions of small-scale miners were placed center-stage at the ASM18 conference in Livingstone, Zambia.

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