This project is taking a two-stage approach to mount an effective response to the pernicious problem of child labor in artisanal and small-scale mining in Zambia. First, Pact is conducting a series of baseline studies in Central and Copperbelt provinces to understand where, how and why children are engaging in mining activities, and the scope of the issue. Based on findings, Pact is implementing a package of interventions to support children to access education, social services and vocational training to help them leave child labor in mining behind for good. The project also includes sensitization and engagement activities for parents, caregivers and mining communities at large to reduce child labor.
Civil Society Support Programme II is a capacity development program supporting Ethiopia’s civil society and its contribution to national development, poverty reduction and the advancement of good governance, in line with the government’s policies. In partnership with British Council, Pact is helping to build capacity among Ethiopian civil society organizations as well as support government engagement.
The shared border areas of Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya, also known as the Mandera Triangle, have experienced armed conflict, violent crime, extremist attacks, political instability and state failure for years. The Regional Approaches for Sustainable Conflict Management and Integration (RASMI) project adopts a conflict systems-based approach to promote peace-building, conflict management and conflict resolution capacity at the community and cross-border levels. It is part of the EU's programme for Collaboration in the Cross-Border areas of the Horn of Africa. RASMI, which means “reliable” in Somali, targets stakeholders in the Mandera Triangle who are most vulnerable to engaging in conflict, irregular migration and recruitment into militias and terror groups. RASMI engages local government agencies, women, religious leaders, security forces and the private sector – those who have the greatest capacity for managing conflicts and promoting peace.
The Selam Ekisil, or SEEK, project adopts a conflict systems based approach to address the multiple causes of conflict in cross border areas and to promote peace building, conflict management and conflict resolution capacity at the community and cross border levels. It is part of the EU’s programme for Collaboration in the Cross Border areas of the Horn of Africa, working to prevent and mitigate the impact of local conflict and to promote economic development and greater resilience in four different cross border regions. The three-year project addresses drivers of conflict, insecurity and instability, while strengthening the systems and institutions that peacefully manage and resolve conflict on the border of Southwest Ethiopia and Northwest Kenya.
The Social Accountability in the Health Sector (SAHS) Programme aims to improve citizen engagement to improve accountability in health sector in Nepal. SAHS focuses on collaborating with civil society groups, national policy actors, and government health institutions to understand the challenges and deepen social accountability efforts in the health sector. Through the recommendations from situational analyses, applied political economy analyses and multi-stakeholder dialogue, key health sector actors will be able to implement more effective social accountability initiatives. The project ultimately contributes to Nepal’s National Health Sector Programme III, which is designed to improve health services in Nepal, particularly for socially excluded groups.
This project, which closed in 2021, increased cooperation between small-scale and industrial miners in Zimbabwe and formalized production and trade of gold by the country’s estimated 500,000 artisanal miners. The project focused on gold mining sites in the areas of Shurugwi, Gwanda and Kwekwe, working to improve operational, safety and environmental standards. In an extensive 2014 baseline study, Pact found that the use of mercury in artisanal mining in Zimbabwe was widespread. In response and in line with the Minimata Convention on Mercury, Pact partnered with Zimbabwe's government to develop an inventory of mercury use and a national action plan for mercury reduction. Pact also informed policymaking, working with the government to increase the contribution of gold to Zimbabwe’s economy and development.