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Nikita Gurudas

senior program officer

Pact began working in Zimbabwe in the 1990s to turn back the scourge of HIV/AIDS, a disease that dramatically cut life expectancy in the country during that decade. Pact and its partners designed local solutions including post-HIV test clubs that encouraged testing among others, reduced stigma and offered support, counseling and referrals for treatment. We also trained hundreds of community volunteers and built the capacity of local organizations to take on HIV/AIDS-related missions, all of which helped raise Zimbabweans' life expectancy.

More recently, Pact’s work in Zimbabwe built the capacity of local organizations and institutions to better meet their public-service missions and address the country’s challenges locally. In addition to strengthening peace and security institutions, we supported local civil society organizations, improving their ability to effectively influence the country's transition to a democratic system.

Today, Pact is improving the lives of Zimbabwe’s small-scale and artisanal gold miners, working to formalize the sector, bolster safety and environmental standards, and reduce the dangerous use of mercury in gold mining.

Stories and Highlights

Participants in the CEADZ Women's Leadership Program. (Credit: Pact)

Driven by data, Pact builds civic engagement for stronger democracies

September 9, 2021
Across the world, the ability of citizens and communities to address urgent, wide-ranging social and economic challenges depends on their civic knowledge and willingness and power to take part in...
Participants in the CEADZ Women's Leadership Program. (Credit: Pact)

Pact-supported leadership program fosters women change-makers in Zimbabwean civil society

February 24, 2021
In 2019, the Pact-supported Civic Engagement for Accountability and Democracy in Zimbabwe project, or CEADZ, put out a call for applicants for a Women's Leadership Program. The program aimed to build...
The Kiev skyline in Ukraine, where Pact and its partners have worked for nearly a decade to build democracy and government accountability. (Photo: Brian Clark/Pact)

‘We’re Still Open:’ Balancing government transparency and accountability with effective crisis response

July 2, 2020
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought new meaning to the phrase "all politics is local." Though the virus does not discriminate, affecting 188 countries as of writing, its severity can depend on how...

Reducing mercury’s risks among women miners in Zimbabwe

March 28, 2019
Women in Zimbabwe are slowly joining the mining sector, as it is among the best paying jobs where options are few. Pact provides training and education to women miners in Midlands and Matabeleland...