Twenty-five years ago, I moved with my husband to his home country—a developing nation where, for the first time in my life, I saw the impacts of real poverty. There, I learned that with access to economic opportunities, families can change even the direst of circumstances. It changed my direction and career forever.
I have been working in development for more than 12 years, after making a switch from the private sector, where I had worked for 8 years. Within the development sector, I have worked for different NGOs across multiple African countries. Currently, I’m the country director for Pact in Nigeria. In my development sector career, I have experienced...
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This post originally appeared on the Vanderbilt Turner Family Center for Social Ventures’ website and has been cross-posted with permission.
This post originally appeared on the World Bank website and has been cross-posted with permission. Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) provides a critical livelihood for millions of people across the world. And artisanal miners produce a significant portion of the world’s minerals and gemstones, often enduring difficult and hazardous working...
Innovation is a nebulous topic that often means 20 different things to 20 different people. This week, Pact hosted Seema Patel, Chief of Design Innovation at USAID’s Global Development Lab, for an armchair conversation that sought to demystify many of the interworkings of USAID’s innovation arm and how it works with the rest of the agency.
In Fall 2015, The Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), GOAL, InsideNGO, Mercy Corps and Pact launched the INGOs in Impact Investing Network, a new forum for INGOs to learn, collaborate, conduct joint research and collectively advocate. What originally began as a small group of like-minded people swapping stories of their triumphs...
In 1988, the year of the first World AIDS Day, an HIV diagnosis was considered a death sentence. All we had for treatment in those days was one single drug known as AZT. Our approach to prevention was to help people find approaches they could incorporate into their lives. We called it the menu approach, and that menu included condoms, dental dams...
What if world-leading organizations teamed up to develop and scale technology and business solutions to end global poverty? This question, currently on the MIT Practical Impact Alliance (PIA) homepage, is one we’re asking ourselves at Pact, too.
One of Pact’s core values is local solutions. In short, this means we believe that true success can only come from solutions created in partnership with the people we serve. It’s why Pact’s innovation team, which I lead, decided to make beneficiary feedback the focus of our first-ever Global Innovation Competition.
Like many nonprofits around the world, Pact buzzed with excitement around the release of the MacArthur 100&Change competition in the spring of 2016. The MacArthur Foundation was offering an unprecedented $100 million grant to fund a single proposal that can make measurable progress toward solving a critical problem of our time. Solutions...
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