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Leonard Buckles

country director

Chris Feddersen

program officer

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.


Stories and Highlights

Advancing Community Empowerment: Call for Health, Education & Livelihoods Services

October 29, 2018
Pact is pleased to announce the release of an Annual Program Statement (APS) for the Advancing Community Empowerment in Southeastern Myanmar (ACE) project funded by the United States Agency for...

Advancing Community Empowerment: Critical Service Grants

October 17, 2018
The Advancing Community Empowerment (ACE) project supported by USAID is working with Karen Department of Health and Welfare (KDHW) in 10 townships within Kayin State, East Bago and Tanintharyi Region...

Advancing Community Empowerment: Information Sharing Sessions Helping Potential ACE Grant Applicants

October 1, 2018
Following the recently announced call for proposals related to health, education and livelihood services under the Advancing Community Empowerment (ACE) project funded by USAID, information-sharing...

Pact Welcomes New Country Director in Myanmar

September 13, 2018
In September 2018, Pact welcomed Leonard Buckles as country director in Myanmar. He brings a wealth of experience, with more than 20 years in senior management roles at several organizations at the...

The Coca-Cola Foundation Grants US$1 million to Pact Myanmar to Support Sustainable Community Development Programs

September 4, 2018
Pact Myanmar receives grant funding to extend the successful ‘Swan Yi’ women’s empowerment program another three years until 2021, and to expand community outreach into two other important areas:...

Advancing Community Empowerment: Emergency flood response in Myanmar

August 14, 2018
Severe floods gripped southeastern Myanmar in July and August. Heavy rainfall resulted in the overflow of major rivers and dams and flooding in Kayin and Mon states and Bago and Tanintharyi regions....

Advancing Community Empowerment in Myanmar: Critical Service Grants

July 25, 2018
In Myanmar, Pact has awarded new critical service grants that are expected to benefit more than 500,000 people in the southeast. They're part of the Advancing Community Empowerment project, funded by...

Changing business as usual: How sustainable investment promotes sustainable land use

July 20, 2018
By Natcha Tulyasuwan, Sustainable Landscapes Finance Specialist, USAID Green Invest Asia & Jim Jarve, Strategic Advisor, USAID Green Invest Asia Summary Sustainable investments make good business...

The next phase of rural electrification in Myanmar

June 26, 2018
How do you provide a service when neither the provider nor the customer has a good sense of the demand? This is one of the main challenges facing the off-grid energy industry in Myanmar, a country...

Pact in Myanmar: Rural communities lead their own development

June 8, 2018
Across Myanmar’s central, rural dry zone, communities have markedly improved their lives with the support of Pact and its partners, in areas including health, food security, livelihoods, access to...