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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.

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. In 2018, PGMF disbursed more than 1.3 million loans worth $408 million, with an astounding repayment rate of 99.4 percent. 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

Day in the Life of a Community Trainer, Kayin State, Myanmar

June 24, 2019
The Advancing Community Empowerment (ACE) project, funded by USAID, works with communities to enhance their ownership, capacity and actions to meet their priority needs in health, WASH, education,...

How to build an integrated energy ecosystem in Myanmar

June 19, 2019
Smart Power Myanmar, in partnership with The Rockefeller Foundation, the German and French development agencies, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Agence Française...

Empowering Women Entrepreneurs in Rural Communities, Kayin State, Myanmar

June 11, 2019
With funding from USAID, the Advancing Community Empowerment (ACE) project is employing Pact’s women’s economic empowerment model, WORTH, in Southeastern Myanmar to strengthen participants’ ability...

New market analysis shows high potential for sustainable, successful mini-grid solutions for electrifying Myanmar

June 3, 2019
As part of ongoing efforts to bring electricity to every household and business in Myanmar, Smart Power Myanmar, a national platform with a mandate to advance a modern energy ecosystem in country,...

IDAHOT: Let’s Celebrate Diversity

May 17, 2019
Today marks the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT), a day marked around the world to draw attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay...

World Health Day: Saving Lives with Critical Health Services in Southeastern Myanmar

April 8, 2019
To mark World Health Day, which is celebrated April 7, Pact Myanmar is proudly highlighting how Taw Nor Teaching Hospital, one of eight Critical Services Grants (CSG) issued under the USAID-funded...

Communities Empowered to Set Local Development Priorities

April 4, 2019
The Advancing Community Empowerment (ACE) project, funded by USAID, is facilitating communities through a participatory process to determine their vulnerabilities and set development priorities.

Mae Tao Clinic: Providing Critical Services in Southeastern Myanmar (part two)

April 2, 2019
The USAID-funded Advancing Community Empowerment (ACE) project supports the Mae Tao Clinic (MTC) to deliver critical maternal and child health (MCH) services in Mu Traw District of Kayin State and...

Mae Tao Clinic: Strengthening the Health System in Southeastern Myanmar (part one)

March 18, 2019
The Advancing Community Empowerment (ACE) project is working with Mae Tao Clinic and Karen Department of Health and Welfare (KDHW), to jointly strengthen the health system in Mu Traw district of...

Community Introductory Workshops Prioritizing Development Activities

March 15, 2019
The Advancing Community Empowerment (ACE) project, funded by USAID, has been conducting Community Introductory Workshops (CIWs) at the village level to help communities assess their needs and...