Hay Tao, the U.S. government’s largest environmental investment in Madagascar in nearly a decade, is a five-year project that is building the enabling environment for effective community-based management and protection of biodiversity resources in Madagascar. Meaning ‘Know How’ in Malagasy, Hay Tao focuses on empowering local communities to lead the way in the management of their 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. Hay Tao builds on the multi-stakeholder engagement model developed by Pact and USAID in the recent Mekong Partnership for the Environment project, and is leveraging a state-of-the-art data portal. Pact leads a group of international partners in implementing Hay Tao, including World Resources Institute (WRI) and the University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Resource Center (URI-CRC), alongside two national civil society networks, Alliance Voahary Gasy (AVG) and Solidarité des Intervenants sur le Foncier (SIF).
Rise provides merit-based scholarships that cover recipients’ school fees and comprehensive school kits. In addition, RISE offers tutoring and a leadership program for high schoolers. Together, these efforts are boosting student performance, school retention rates and education access and quality in communities in the Anosy region where child labor and early marriage are common.