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Mirana Rakotosamimanana

Nikita Gurudas

program manager

Pact has worked in Madagascar for more than 25 years, improving health, the environment, educational opportunities and more.

In 2018, with funding from USAID, Pact launched the Hay Tao project, the U.S. government’s largest environmental investment in Madagascar in nearly a decade. Madagascar is one of the world’s highest priority countries for biodiversity conservation because of its exceptional species richness, high number of unique plant and animal species and the magnitude of threats facing these ecologically, culturally and economically valuable resources. Meaning ‘Know How’ in Malagasy, USAID Hay Tao focuses on empowering local communities to lead the way in the management of their own natural resources. The project is using a systems approach to improve the enabling environment for effective, lasting community-based wildlife management and conservation of biodiversity.

Pact’s past work in Madagascar has combated HIV/AIDS, encouraged corporate-community engagement and reduced corruption. Pact helped to extricate more than 9,000 Malagasy children from exploitative labor in commercial sex work, domestic servitude and mining. Pact helped those children return to school and access psychosocial support and mentoring, and supported their families to increase their income.

Stories and Highlights

Fisherwoman makes waves to protect Madagascar’s coastal resources

November 22, 2022
In 2020, Victorine attended a leadership training organized by USAID through Hay Tao (‘know how’ in Malagasy), a five-year project working towards effective community-based management and...

Illegal farming is harming Madagascar's biodiversity. Here’s what USAID Hay Tao is doing to stop it.

August 4, 2022
Famine in Madagascar’s dry southern region is driving migrants northwest to the fertile Menabe Antimena area. This designated protected area  is home to Madagascar's largest dry forest, iconic baobab...

“We have to put in the money now”: An innovative fund in Madagascar rallies sustainable support for biodiversity

July 21, 2022
Madagascar is home to around 5% of the world’s biodiversity, but as one of the world’s poorest countries, biodiversity is under severe threat. Complex forces are at play: famine in the country’s...

'The moment to act is now’: Pact’s Hanta Rabefarihy reflects on a career protecting Madagascar’s natural resources

March 7, 2022
In Madagascar, the fourth most vulnerable country to climate change, Hanta Rabefarihy is working “to leave a legacy of hope for the future” as she approaches her retirement. “As a woman, I feel that...

Pact receives grant to combat child labor in mica mining in Madagascar

February 28, 2022
The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded Pact a three-year, $4.5 million project to combat child labor in mica mining in Madagascar. Child labor in mining is one of the worst forms of child labor...

Environmental justice and advocacy to save Madagascar’s largest dry forest

August 18, 2021
USAID Hay Tao, part of the larger Conservation and Communities Project, is creating an enabling and empowering environment for effective community-based management and protection of Madagascar’s...
Mahazomana Evens (Photo: Pact)

For a dedicated student in Madagascar, a RISE scholarship sets a path to success

September 22, 2020
Mahazomana Evens grew up in a large, modest family in the village of Mitriaky, in Fort Dauphin, near the southern tip of Madagascar. His mother and father farmed and fished to support their eight...

Pact to implement USAID project in Madagascar strengthening local governance of natural resources and environmental protection

March 27, 2018
Pact has received a new award from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to build the enabling environment for effective community-based management and protection of...
Mother and child in Katanga, DRC

Addressing child labor demands an integrated approach

June 10, 2016
This post orginally appears on the Crowd360 website and is cross-posted with permission. In factories, fields, and mines around the world, 85 million children toil in hazardous conditions that...

For a family in Madagascar, Pact scholarships make all the difference

September 30, 2015
In Manambaro, a remote, rural community near the southern tip of Madagascar, less than 1 percent of the population has had education past high school. Nearly three-quarters of people can’t read or...