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January 13, 2015

A sexy tool that works

In international development, we are often looking for the next innovative thing—a fancy tool or innovative way of working. Mobile technology is one of these “innovations” in development. It is a powerful and efficient tool that organizations are increasingly tapping in to to improve the efficiency and quality of their programming. But is it just...

Mining in Rwanda
December 4, 2014

Breaking mining myths in Rwanda

In countries around the world, the extraction of minerals plays a vital role in supporting local communities and individuals. Mineral resources are finite and non-renewable, but mining can be responsible and its benefits sustainable, delivering value beyond the life of the mine.

November 10, 2014

Data quality management: a vital foundation for robust monitoring and evaluation

Data quality is a cornerstone of accountability in program reporting. Although we are often focused on reporting in the international development sector, ensuring the quality of the data that we report is critical for our credibility with our partners, our donors, and our beneficiaries. Data quality management is an essential requirement for a...

Hiking to Ethiopia gold mine
November 6, 2014

Difficult places

Pact works in some of the most difficult places in the world. I’ve heard that statement many times since joining Pact six months ago. This week, I experienced it firsthand. Amidst the Senine Mountains, one of the largest mountain ranges in Africa, sits Adimehameday, a mining village in northern Ethiopia where Pact is implementing our Mines to...

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October 31, 2014

Why politics matters in development

“Politics” is often treated as a dirty word in development. But, Pact believes that we can achieve more lasting project outcomes by learning to think and work "politically smart way that takes into consideration local context.” Political, social and economic factors play an important role in every aspect of people’s lives. Working in highly...

October 23, 2014

Modern heroes

“If you got lost on an island and had to make your own home there, how would you want it to run?” This was the question posed to a group of Namibian children by Pact staff members. Pact is constantly striving to take that which is complicated, distant and daunting, and make it simple, understandable and workable. It is with that philosophy in mind...

October 14, 2014

Valuing and enhancing evaluation skills

There has been a lot written about why we evaluate development programs and the importance of rigorous evaluation. But this is not what this blog is about, and if you need to be convinced about the importance of evaluation, check out this Stanford Social Innovation Review blog entry.

Myanmar
September 30, 2014

A confident future

Daw Khin Nuand and her husband struggled to support their family in Ah Shey Ka Paing Village in Myanmar despite working two jobs. Daw Khin ran a small snack shop, while her husband worked as a day laborer. Sometimes her snacks were in high demand, but often many remained at closing time, causing her to lose money. Their teenage daughter had to...

September 26, 2014

Reimagining impact

This has been an exciting week as I wrap up three days at The Clinton Global Initiative’s 2014 Annual Meeting in New York City. Along with my fellow delegates, I had the opportunity to learn from colleagues around the world about innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges and discuss how we as a community impact the world.

southsudan
August 19, 2014

Hope in a forgotten crisis

Three years ago, millions of people in southern Sudan celebrated as their resounding vote for full independence from Sudan became reality. Since December 2013, South Sudan has been seized by conflict. Almost 1.3 million people have been displaced and around 4 million people face a humanitarian crisis, particularly women and young children.  

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