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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

Sowing the Seeds of Our Future: Chili Cultivation in Southern Shan State

January 10, 2019
The Advancing Community Empowerment project, supported by USAID, is working with “Development for Environmental-friendly Agriculture and Rural Life of Myanmar” (Dear Myanmar) in 30 villages of...

From Trash to Treasure: The Making of Pact Myanmar's 2019 Diary

January 1, 2019
2019: A Year of Transformation As 2019 starts, Pact is undertaking a global transformation towards becoming a fourth sector enterprise and finding new systemic solutions to the development problems...

Ahlin Yaung: Lighting a path to prosperity and development

December 6, 2018
U Kyaw Htay, a villager in Myanmar’s Myeik township, Tanintharyi Region, used to only do business when the sun was up. With his wife, he runs a small café shop that caters to his neighbors in Ashae...

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

December 5, 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...

Empowering Women in Rural Communities in Kayah State, Myanmar

November 29, 2018
The Advancing Community Empowerment (ACE) project, funded by USAID, is working in 23 villages in three townships in Kayah State, establishing and strengthening Village Health Committees, which were...

A Medic’s Story: Providing Lifesaving Immunizations in Remote Communities in Tanintharyi, Myanmar

November 27, 2018
Naw Say Bel, a medic from Karen Ethnic Health Organization Consortium, is part of a dedicated team administering vaccinations under the Expanded Program of Immunization as part of the USAID-funded...

#HearMeToo: Myanmar Development Dialogue

November 26, 2018
In Myanmar and more than 150 countries around the world, November 25 marked the start of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign, a global call to action to end violence...

Improving Access to Health Care for Vulnerable Communities in Mon State

November 25, 2018
The Advancing Community Empowerment (ACE) project, supported by USAID, is working with Mon National Health Committee (MNHC) in 18 health facilities within three townships in Mon, Kayin and...

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...