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Kelland Stevenson

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.

With partners that have included USAID, UNDP, The Rockefeller Foundation, Chevron, Coca-Cola, Ooredoo, Shell, 3MDG, LIFT, and thousands of 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 and renewable energy.

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.

Through Smart Power Myanmar, Pact is helping to accelerate access to renewable energy in off-grid areas by bringing together key players in the public and private sectors, spurring economic growth and transforming lives in rural communities. 

Pact Global Microfinance Fund is Myanmar’s largest microfinance institution. Learn more about Pact Global Microfinance Fund in Myanmar here.

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.”

Stories and Highlights

ACE: Update on request for applications for protecting rights of vulnerable communities in Southeastern Myanmar

November 5, 2020
Notice (October 1, 2020) The Advancing Community Empowerment in Southeastern Myanmar (ACE) project, funded by USAID, is pleased to announce a request for applications seeking to fund activities that...

Covid-19 response and prevention in Myanmar: Safety and hygiene materials for communities in need

November 4, 2020
During the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Advancing Community Empowerment in Southeastern Myanmar project (ACE), funded by USAID, shared critical information about the virus in remote...

Advancing Community Empowerment: Request for Applications - Strengthening Media Coverage

November 3, 2020
The Advancing Community Empowerment in Southeastern Myanmar (ACE) project, funded by USAID, is pleased to announce a request for applications seeking to fund activities that strengthen media coverage...
U Kan Htein on his sesame farm in Kayah State, Myanmar. (Photo: Mercy Corps)

Food for thought: Good agricultural practices strengthen trust and resilience in Kayah State

October 14, 2020
U Kan Htein sits with a beaming smile as he looks out across his farm and considers developing his sesame farm. A 48-year-old farmer and father of two, U Kan Htein lives in Nant Kit, a remote village...

Pact welcomes new country director in Myanmar 

August 25, 2020
 In August 2020, Pact welcomed Kelland Stevenson as Country Director in Myanmar. He brings a wealth of experience, with more than 35 years in international development work in both humanitarian and...

World Humanitarian Day: Covid-19 hygiene kits help vulnerable communities in Southeastern Myanmar

August 19, 2020
This year, World Humanitarian Day, marked on August 19, comes at an unprecedented time as the world continues to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. In Myanmar, the recent onslaught of the monsoon season...
Drawings by Richard Harrison/Pact.

“We can find our way around any barriers”: The women driving change in Myanmar’s energy sector

August 7, 2020
by Lyndal Pearce If there was ever a mountain to climb, Myanmar’s energy transition represents the Hkakabo Razi of all challenges. With just 50% of the country able to access reliable power, mostly...

Responding to Covid-19 in southeastern Myanmar

August 6, 2020
Saw Aung Myo Win balances precariously along a narrow makeshift bamboo bridge in a remote village in Hlaingbwe township, in southeastern Myanmar’s Kayin State. In some communities, this is the only...

World Population Day: Promoting access to quality health services in Kayah State

July 11, 2020
World Population Day, July 11, aims to focus the world’s attention on the importance of population issues. Pact in Myanmar is marking the day by celebrating the work of our local partner Civil Health...
Photo: Pact

Miller Center, Smart Power Myanmar & Chevron launch mini-grid accelerator program

June 23, 2020
SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 17, 2020 – Leaders from 13 Myanmar energy access enterprises are set to gain access to experienced business executives from Silicon Valley and South East Asia as part of an...