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.
The Kizazi Kipya project, or New Generation, worked to transform the lives of vulnerable Tanzanian children and young people, particularly those affected by HIV. This five-year project (2016-2021) built on years of collaboration between Pact and USAID in Tanzania that already had made a significant, measurable difference for the country’s youth. Kizazi Kipya's outcomes include better financial resources for parents and caregivers of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), as well as improved access to health and HIV services for children and adolescents, including those who are hard to reach. The project worked across all regions of Tanzania. Partners included the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, the Aga Khan Foundation, Railway Children Africa and the Ifakara Health Institute.
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 moyogems.com.
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.
This project, led by Freedom House, is part of USAID’s Human Rights Support Mechanism. The project is working to improve and sustain the ability of Tanzanian civil society organizations to advocate for, and influence policy on, rights issues by using better data and information to drive results. The Data Driven Advocacy Activity provides technical assistance to local organizations in data collection and evidence-based advocacy. Pact is leading institutional capacity development for local organizations and networks.