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James Grall

acting 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, 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.

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 by far 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

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...

ACE: Update on request for applications for strengthening inclusive governance in Southeastern Myanmar

June 11, 2020
Notice (May 14, 2020) The Advancing Community Empowerment in Southeastern Myanmar (ACE) project, funded by USAID, is pleased to announce a request for applications (RFA) seeking to fund projects that...

Health and hope: Promoting access to quality health care services in Kayah State

May 12, 2020
To commemorate the recent International Nurses Day which is celebrated around the world on May 12, the Advancing Community Empowerment (ACE) project, supported by USAID, showcased how the project is...
Solar panels in rural Myanmar

Pandemic priorities: Is access to energy one of them?

April 24, 2020
The huge disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted how much 

International Women's Day: An equal world is an enabled world

March 8, 2020
A Way Yar is an energetic 18-year-old with a strong sense of purpose. She takes pride in meeting her responsibilities and helping to care for her family in her remote village in Myanmar's Hlaingbwe...

Lights, Camera, Action! Women-led groups produce videos highlighting community issues

March 8, 2020
What happens when you collaborate with 20 enthusiastic women from remote villages in Myanmar, empowering them to shine a light on issues affecting their lives?

Building trust and collaboration in southeastern Myanmar

February 19, 2020
To commemorate World Social Day of Justice observed on February 20, the Advancing Community Empowerment (ACE) project supported by USAID is showcasing how ACE is helping to build trust and...