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September 20, 2022

How Russia’s war impacts the lives of Ukrainian women: Key findings

In Ukraine, Pact partners with more than 70 local women's rights organizations across the country. The Women Included: Nurturing Growth and Security (WINGS) project strengthens women’s economic security by enabling their success as employees and entrepreneurs. When Russia’s war began, though, everything changed.

September 14, 2022

Adapting democracy, rights and governance programs during global democratic decline

For several years, international Democracy, Human Rights and Governance (DRG) programs have been operating during a time of global democratic decline. This has created a need for community-led, flexible approaches for tracking context and performance data for evidence-based learning and adaptation. One way DRG programs can thrive in these...

September 13, 2022

Leading the way for HIV treatment among adolescents

Nasir understands the complexities of being an adolescent diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Before he turned eight years old, Nasir, who hails from Tanzania, lost both of his parents to HIV. Then, at age 12, he discovered he was HIV-positive. To accept his status at such a young age was problematic. 

August 25, 2022

Strengthening institutions in Rwanda using capacity development tools

At the heart of the USAID Adolescents and Children HIV Incidence Reduction, Empowerment and Virus Elimination project, or ACHIEVE, is capacity development to empower local partners to lead and sustain HIV epidemic control for its target population – pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants, children and youth – to reach the 95-95-95 targets. Core...

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August 24, 2022

AIDS 2022: Sharing evidence and determination to reach viral suppression among children and adolescents living with HIV

In line with the AIDS 2022 theme of “re-engage and follow the science,” Pact hosted a satellite session focused on evidence for how to fill the gaps in viral suppression among children and adolescents living with HIV (C/ALHIV). With PEPFAR and USAID partners plus Oxford and University of Cape Town researchers, Pact panelists shared data supporting...

August 19, 2022

Ongoing capacity development toward local solutions for formal, mercury-free gold

When Pact began working with artisanal gold miners in Sierra Leone’s Tonkolili district, we had two main objectives: supporting them in formalizing their livelihoods, and in producing mercury-free gold. Less than two years later, hand in hand with the community, we have realized both milestones – although ongoing support is needed for...

August 4, 2022

Flower company becomes empowerment space for women workers in Colombia

For women like Ana Hernández, time is extremely valuable. Hernández works at Sunshine Bouquet, a cut flower company in Colombia. Like other women workers across Colombia, she faces a tough reality. Although income gaps between women and men have narrowed over the years, the difference remains significant, with women earning 87 Colombian pesos for...

July 25, 2022

Artisanal and small-scale cobalt mining and the importance of formalization: An explainer with Pact’s Mickaël Daudin

A key component in electric car and other rechargeable batteries, the mineral cobalt has recently taken center stage as a commodity critical to the global energy transition. Like other minerals used in everything from computers and cell phones to airplanes and medical devices, the production of cobalt is complicated. A significant portion of the...

July 14, 2022

Through apprenticeships, DRC youth develop new trades and leave the dangers of mining behind

For many young people, working at a mine is a sure way to earn money in mineral-rich DRC. But it is also dangerous to their health and development, not to mention illegal. Considered one of the worst forms of child labor by the International Labor Organization, child labor in mining exposes kids to dangerous conditions, physical injury, mental...

July 12, 2022

In Eswatini, here’s how we’re reaching more than 6,000 children with HIV treatment

Eswatini has a population of slightly more than a million people yet has one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in the world. That's why it is even more impressive that Eswatini was one of only two countries to achieve the ambitious 95-95-95 fast track targets in 2020 and is swiftly approaching sustained control of the epidemic.

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