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As one of the longest-serving international NGOs in Myanmar, Pact has been helping people here to improve their lives since 1997. We use locally developed and owned solutions and work closely with citizens, local government and civil society.
In partnership with USAID, UNDP, DANIDA, Chevron, Coca-Cola, Ooredoo, Shell, 3MDG, LIFT, and more than 13,300 local organizations and community groups, Pact designs and implements projects that maximize local ownership and leverage existing systems and networks. Our work covers a broad spectrum of interventions, including health, livelihoods, local governance, civil society strengthening, renewable energy, water and sanitation.
Pact’s integrated approach to development puts the needs of communities first. We combine community education with grassroots governance through Village Development Committees (VDCs) and financial sustainability through Village Development Funds (VDFs). We strengthen local communities by promoting inclusive and participatory village decision-making, supporting transparent and accountable community development, and mentoring organizations to develop their institutional capacity.
In 2015, nearly 1.8 million people gained better access to health care because of Pact’s work in Myanmar. Our maternal and child health programming empowers communities to improve their well-being through a range of locally adapted interventions, which we integrate with sustainable livelihoods programs so people can better support themselves. With our partners, we’re also improving access to essential health services in hard-to-reach areas through mobile clinics that supplement community-based health interventions.
We use Pact’s award-winning WORTH model to help women lift themselves and each other out of poverty. So far we’ve formed more than 2,700 WORTH groups in Myanmar, with nearly 70,000 members.
We’ve also played a critical role in helping Myanmar to recover after natural disasters. After Cyclone Nargis in 2008 and Cyclone Komen in 2015, we helped provide food, water, medicine, household supplies and health care to hundreds of thousands of people in the hardest hit areas.
Pact envisions a Myanmar where vibrant and diverse communities exercise their voice and build lasting solutions for a better life. We’re successful when communities can say, “We did it ourselves.”
Learn more about Pact Global Microfinance Fund in Myanmar here.