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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

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...

International Women's Day: Women's empowerment in Myanmar's Kayah State

March 8, 2019
To mark International Women’s Day, we reflect on the dedicated work that the Karenni National Women's Organization (KNWO) is doing as part of the Advancing Community Empowerment (ACE) project...

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

February 22, 2019
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...

Beyond Passion: Teachers Increasing Access to Education in Rural Myanmar

January 23, 2019
Kayan New Generation Youth (KNGY), a Critical Service Grant recipient under the Advancing Community Empowerment project, is mobilizing and training volunteer teachers for rural schools serving...

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...

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...