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July 31, 2015

In Myanmar, clean water to cook, bathe and grow food – all for about $2

It’s hard to overstate the difference that reliable access to clean water makes – something that the people of Ohn Hnauk village in central Myanmar are learning firsthand. Recently, Pact’s Shae Thot program partnered with UN-Habitat to renovate a hand-dug well and provide a pump house and engine, a 1,500-gallon overhead water tank and main...

July 23, 2015

Mastering tools to design local solutions to development challenges

The recent Design, Partnering, Management and Innovation (DPMI) training was an intensive two-week certificate program about designing local solutions to important development challenges. I was fortunate to receive a scholarship from Locus through Pact’s Kenya office, where I'm based.

July 16, 2015

Pact, partners reach critical milestone in mineral traceability in Africa

While work remains, Pact and its partners have made significant progress implementing a traceability and due diligence system in the Great Lakes region of Africa to assure minerals as conflict-free, experts said during panel discussions marking five years since the United States adopted legislation meant to stop conflict minerals.

June 24, 2015

Integrated development must be intentional, backed by evidence and sustainably funded, Locus experts say

It is up to development organizations to steer the sector and its funders toward an integrated approach, and the effort must be backed by evidence, panelists agreed during a first-of-its-kind international development discussion organized by a new coalition known as Locus: The Point of International Development. The June 23 event, held in...

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June 15, 2015

For a 17-year-old runaway in Ukraine, assistance came just in time

After leaving home and dropping out of school, 17-year-old Nastya was on a bad path. For months, she’d been sleeping on Ukraine’s streets or staying with friends. She was frequenting a drug house, never sure what the next day would bring. And then Nastya’s life became even more complicated: She discovered she was pregnant.

June 1, 2015

Not an easy job, but a better one

Five days a week at 7 a.m., Jean-Marie arrives at a mining site known as Rwamirambo I, located in Giteranyi village, in the province of Muyinga, Burundi. With a pickaxe and torch, he extracts tungsten in one of the mine’s pits. It’s arduous work, but mining offers a better life for Jean-Marie, his wife, his four children and his younger brother...

Locus Initiative
May 29, 2015

Training future leaders of development

Co-authored by Graham Wood, Senior Vice President, Pact and Beryl Levinger, Distinguished Professor and Program Chair, The Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey This summer, a new generation of students and practitioners is learning how to design international development projects rooted in local solutions. Development program...

FISH project launch
May 26, 2015

Pact, USAID launch project to protect Malawi’s fisheries

Earlier this month, USAID and Pact launched a $14 million initiative to enable communities and the local government to protect four of Malawi’s main lakes, a significant contributor to the health of the country and its people. Caring for these ecosystems will improve the health and livelihoods of tens of thousands of households that rely on the...

April 22, 2015

A brighter future in Walikale

After five years of hard work and patience, artisanal miners are on the job in Walikale – free from fear and violence, with access to legal markets for the tin, tantalum and tungsten that go into our smartphones, tablets and other devices. Walikale, a territory in North Kivu province in the Democratic Republic of Congo, is among Pact’s biggest...

April 22, 2015

Pact Ukraine staff: Reforms must be forged locally, by ordinary Ukrainians

To succeed, reforms in Ukraine must involve ordinary citizens who see the benefit of taking part, and they can't be focused only in Kiev, two Pact directors said during a visit to Washington, D.C. Roland Kovats, Pact's Ukraine country director, and Yulia Yesmukhanova, Pact's senior manager for governance programs in Ukraine, spoke April 21 at...

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