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September 12, 2019

In Lao PDR, managing crucial groundwater resources is an international team effort

It’s a cloudy day in the late July rainy season in Savannakhet, a province in central Lao PDR that sits along the Mekong River and the Thai border. A group of men and women is gathered around a thick blue pipe. One end connects to a thinner pipe that leads to spigot. The other end extends deep underground, drawing water from an aquifer. It’s the...

August 19, 2019

To foster peace in the Horn of Africa, Pact supports Turkana cultural festival

Pact's Selam Ekisil project supported the annual Tobong’u Lore cultural festival in Lodwar, Turkana, to help foster peace, prosperity and local development in the border region, which historically has been beset by conflict and insecurity.

August 19, 2019

Kits for kids: Keeping children in the classroom and out of mines in DRC

On a sunny day in April, 210 students and their parents stood in anticipation outside a school in Cité Musonoie, a mining town located in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) copper-cobalt mining hub. The children attended a mix of 16 different schools in the area, about half were boys and half girls, some as young as 6 and some as old as 17,...

June 24, 2019

Saving lives in a low-resource setting: The big deal about the partograph

by Pact Nigeria Ask frontline healthcare workers across Gombe State about improvements in patient care, and nearly all of them, from doctors to nurses to midwives, will mention one thing – the partograph. Before, we weren’t using the partograph, they’ll say. Now, we all use it correctly, every time.

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May 22, 2019

Civil society fast forward: Getting ahead of technological change, together

By Silvia Magnoni, Head of Civil Society Communities, World Economic Forum For anyone working in the civil society sector, there is no doubt that today’s challenges pose big questions for the future. New thinking, investment, networks and – above all – a novel vision for the sector and its role in contending with the realities of our post-digital...

May 22, 2019

Pact’s Transformation Lab: A Q&A with Svetlana Dimovski

As a global community, we agree we must do everything possible to end extreme poverty and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. But traditional overseas development assistance – while critically necessary – won’t get us there. In a strictly financial sense, the way we have done development in the past will fall short in funding the SDGs by an...

May 21, 2019

Partnering for impact: Cure Hydration’s Alex Sarkissian on hydration, health and giving back

Alex Sarkissian is a co-founder at Cure Hydration, a new wellness brand focused on a better, more efficient hydration method than traditional sports drinks or plain water. Cure Hydration has pledged to donate a percentage of annual sales to support Pact’s health programming in Africa, one of the first partnerships of this kind for Pact. Here, Alex...

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...

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