Private Sector Practice

Private Sector Practice

Tanzania Early Childhood Development Project

Country: Tanzania
Funder: Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

This project is designed to complement the interventions taking place under the Pact-led ACHIEVE project in Tanzania. Through ACHIEVE, Pact delivers home-based, child-centered case management services through community case workers. These case workers visit households monthly to provide education, counselling and coaching; monitor progress against care plans; and provide referrals for other needed services or support, in order to improve the health, protection and socio-economic well-being of orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC), with a focus on children and adolescents living with or most at risk of contracting HIV. The Tanzania Early Childhood Development Project is integrating complementary early childhood development services into home visits by community and government case workers. This includes an emphasis on age-appropriate, play-based communication, early learning and stimulation, as well as on nutritional assessment and supplementation, improved infant and young child feeding practices, vaccination and birth registration. The project includes three local partners, Tumaini Community Services Organization, Action for Development Program and Inland Development Tanzania.

USAID Green Invest Asia Past Project

Country: Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam
Funder: USAID

USAID Green Invest Asia operates across Southeast Asia, with an initial focus on Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia and the Philippines. The project is catalyzing private sector finance to upscale and drive investments in agriculture, forestry, and other land use toward low emissions, yet profitable business models. USAID Green Invest Asia identifies and develops promising climate-smart business deals with solid profit potential for investors. The project engages with financial institutions and investors to link them to pipeline opportunities and bridge financial and technical gaps necessary to overcome barriers to investment in businesses that are environmentally and socially responsible. It provides direct technical services to enterprises desiring to "green" their supply chains and assists in structuring corresponding financial deals to reduce investor risk. USAID Green Invest Asia is implemented by Pact, with partners MSP and Control Union. Learn more here

Moyo Gemstones

Country: Kenya, Tanzania
Funder: Pact / private donors

Moyo Gemstones is an ethical gemstone program with female artisanal gem miners in Tanzania’s Umba Valley and beyond. The effort is building the first scalable, artisanal and small-scale mined colored stone sourcing program, to assure responsibly produced, ASM-mined rubies, sapphires, garnets and tourmaline, from mine to market. The program empowers women miners to work safely, mine better, improve financial security and create stable, equitable markets for fair trade. In addition to Pact, the program’s partners include the Tanzanian Women Miners Association (TAWOMA), Nineteen48, ANZA Gems and blockchain provider Everledger. Moyo means "heart" in Swahili. Learn more at

Empowering Artisanal Gemstone Miners in Tanzania

Country: Tanzania
Funder: Gemological Institute of America

Through this program of Pact and Gemological Institute of America, artisanal and small-scale miners are gaining critical new knowledge about rough gems that is empowering them to earn more. The Pact-GIA program began in 2016 with the pilot of a rough gem guide produced by GIA. Made specifically to give basic gemological and market knowledge to artisanal miners in gem-producing regions, Selecting Gem Rough explains the fundamentals of identifying, processing and valuing stones. It comes with hands-on training from an expert gemologist. This helps miners better understand the quality and value of their products, which improves their position in the supply chain and their economic development opportunities.

Swan Yi Past Project

Country: Myanmar
Funder: The Coca-Cola Foundation

Swan Yi, which closed in 2021, used Pact’s award-winning savings-based women’s economic empowerment model, WORTH, to help women better support themselves and their families. In addition to helping women save money and access credit, WORTH provides intensive training and support to build members' capacity as successful entrepreneurs. The project incorporated leadership skills to support the health and education of women, their families, and communities. Swan Yi also incorporated an advocacy curriculum rooted in empowerment principles, educating members on topics including labor laws, domestic violence, divorce, and children’s and land rights. Continuous self-learning helped women develop business literacy and numeracy skills to start, manage and sustain their businesses. Later project components included creating a healthy physical environment at the community level by improving water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in schools, and promoting improved waste management practices through a participatory community action planning process. Pact also built connections between recycling-based SMEs and WORTH groups to explore new income generation opportunities for women.

International Tin Supply Chain Initiative (ITSCI)

Country: Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda
Funder: ITA

Pact leads field implementation for the International Tin Association’s tin supply chain initiative (ITSCI), the region’s only internationally accepted, operational due diligence mechanism and mineral traceability system for the 3T minerals -- tungsten, tin and tantalum. The system monitors minerals from the point of extraction at mines sites to smelters, where minerals are processed for use in electronics and other everyday devices. Pact conducts mine baseline studies to assess when sites are able to enter the system and supports governments in implementing the mineral tracking system. We also ensure that international guidance for ‘conflict free’ minerals is respected, including no human rights abuses, child labor, armed conflict or corruption. Pact records incidents when they arise and facilitates their resolution. The system allows tens of thousands of miners to earn a dignified living and build a better future for themselves and their families.