Manji Ephraim Rengshwat
ACHIEVE Nigeria project director
Nigeria Productive Use and Demand Support
Through the Productive Use & Demand Support (PUDS) for Mini-Grids project, funded by Shell, Pact is strengthening rural economic development and improving the commercial viability of mini-grids in Nigeria. With support from this project, local economic activity, incomes and demand for energy will increase, which will positively impact other socio-economic indicators in the target villages, while increasing both the number of customers served by mini-grids as well as average revenue per user, improving the overall viability of commercial mini-grid development.
The ACHIEVE project, funded by U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief through USAID and led by Pact, aims to achieve and maintain HIV/AIDS epidemic control for the most at-risk and hard to reach pregnant and breastfeeding (PBF) women, infants, children and adolescents in PEPFAR-supported countries. ACHIEVE uses evidence-based strategies to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS and prevent HIV infection among priority at-risk sub-populations. As a global mechanism, ACHIEVE serves as a primary source of technical support to USAID's Office of HIV/AIDS as it implements the PEPFAR strategy and Journey to Self-Reliance; sets the standard for quality programming for ACHIEVE populations; and promotes best practices to stakeholders at the global, regional and country levels. At the country level, ACHIEVE collaborates with local USAID Missions to identify and engage with highly capable local partners to lead ACHIEVE implementation, including technical assistance and service delivery support, ensuring that strategies are optimized for the local context and that local leadership is built in from the beginning and sustained.
ACHIEVE's two key objectives are to attain and maintain HIV epidemic control among at-risk PBF women, infants, children and youth; and to support the transition of prime funding and implementation to capable local partners in order to meet the PEPFAR goal of 70% of funding to local partners. To accomplish these objectives, ACHIEVE is partnering with Jhpiego, Palladium, No Means No Worldwide and WI-HER, LLC. In addition, ACHIEVE’s resource partners are mobilized on an as-needed basis.
For more information, visit the ACHIEVE web page. For technical resources from the ACHIEVE project, visit ovcsupport.org.
State Accountability and Quality Improvement Project Past Project
Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Gombe State, Nigeria, this project increased the resource mobilization skills and knowledge of Ward Development Committees (WDCs) leading to development of resource mobilization strategy and increased funding support to address key challenges that included provision of solar powered energy to 30 health facilities resulting in 24 hour shifts in these facilities.
MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership (MCGL)
Led by Jhpiego, MCGL is part of a global effort to improve maternal, newborn and child health, family planning and reproductive health. Pact is strengthening referral systems, building the capacity of local entities and organizations to better plan, prepare, manage and finance their programs, and strengthening the strategic planning and management capacity of national governments to improve health services.