Through this project, Pact is working to combat child labor in mica-producing communities in Madagascar, namely in the Anôsy region. An estimated 10,000 children are currently working in unsafe conditions in the country’s informal mica industry – a consequence of poverty. Pact’s efforts are increasing immediate and long-term resilience in vulnerable households by connecting children with educational services and adults with support to improve their livelihoods. The project is also promoting the formalization of Madagascar’s mica sector, supporting civil society organizations and the media to improve public awareness around the issue of child labor in mining, and building the capacity of government officials to coordinate child protection measures in the mica supply chain, including establishing a code of conduct for mica mining.
Led by Jhpiego, MCGL is part of a global effort to improve maternal, newborn and child health, family planning and reproductive health. Pact is strengthening referral systems, building the capacity of local entities and organizations to better plan, prepare, manage and finance their programs, and strengthening the strategic planning and management capacity of national governments to improve health services.
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.