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June 27, 2014

Lou Mitchell: A true icon in the field of development

“Lou Mitchell was a true icon in the field of development. He physically and mentally towered above his colleagues as a thought leader who pushed the margins, asked difficult questions, searched for new paradigms and moved agendas. His heart, mind and soul were in perfect harmony in his commitment to make the world a better place for all. His...

June 11, 2014

Empowering caregivers in Lesotho

Mathuso Mokoenya, a 32-year-old mother of four in Lesotho, struggled to provide for her family after her husband left in search of work in South Africa. Although she worked at a local hair salon in the nearby market, sometimes she went for months without getting paid. Mathuso struggled to feed, clothe and educate her children. Today, she is able...

June 3, 2014

New partnership in Myanmar a model for development

Pact, USAID and Chevron/Unocal recently signed a landmark Public Private Partnership (PPP) agreement that acknowledges the shared commitment of the signing partners to support integrated health and livelihoods programming in Myanmar. The agreement launches the second phase of the $3 million, three-year Chevron/Unocal-funded Sustainable Health...

May 2, 2014

Pact leaders attend biannual conference SABR

  Pact country directors from around the world are convening in Istanbul, Turkey, next week at a Global Forum to discuss the state of Pact’s development work and exchange information to help Pact serve more people in poverty. About 30 country directors and managers — from the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa to Nepal in Asia to Colombia in...

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May 2, 2014

'Somos Tesoro' initiative launched in Colombia

This week, Pact launched a $9 million initiative to fight child labor in mines in Colombia. With funding from the U.S. Department of Labor and the support three local partners, “Somos Tesoro” — Spanish for “We are Treasure” — plans to benefit more than 5,000 children, workers and their families in mining areas in the regions of Boyacá and...

April 2, 2014

Improving the well-being of highly vulnerable children in Ethiopia

Ethiopia is one of the countries severely affected by HIV and AIDS in Africa. The HIV/AIDS epidemic is more widespread in cities and towns than in rural areas. Sources estimate the number of orphans and vulnerable at 5 million; at least 10% of these children are vulnerable due to the impact of HIV and AIDS.

March 10, 2014

Pact’s mobile technology handbook debuts

We’d like to present Pact’s Mobile Technology Handbook, a comprehensive resource for getting started with mobile data collection. Mobile technology – mobile phones, smartphones, and tablets – have not only changed the way people communicate and share information, but also how development professionals conduct surveys, disseminate information to...

March 4, 2014

Pact, partners featured for mobile tech use in Swaziland

Pact’s use of mobile technology in Swaziland has helped local partners deliver more effective HIV services, including improved targeting of the neediest among more than 10,000 orphans and vulnerable children.    Using Mobenzi, a mobile phone service, Pact worked with Save the Children Swaziland (SCSWD) and the Coordinating Assembly of NGOs (CANGO...

February 4, 2014

Pact Pioneers Mobile Technology in Western Nepal

Collecting data just got simpler in rural areas of Nepal. Pact recently completed a survey of 7,500 rural residents using mobile data collection software and equipment to record responses to questions about the quality of their local government and to provide mapping and real-time data analysis by combining SMS with Geographic Information Systems...

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