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Jacquie Stone

deputy director

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.

Pact's work has also improved the lives of Zimbabwe’s small-scale and artisanal gold miners, helping to formalize the sector, bolster safety and environmental standards, and reduce the dangerous use of mercury in gold mining.

Stories and Highlights

To build programming for youth living with HIV in Zimbabwe, Pact uses human-centered design

June 27, 2023
Wellness days with games and mobile clinics to reduce stigma and boost awareness of HIV services. Youth clubs that offer a safe and fun space for youth living with HIV. Mental health peer mentors to...

Infamous by design: A new report on illicit finance in Zimbabwe

October 17, 2022
Our new report, Infamous By Design: Illicit Finance in Zimbabwe, synthesizes the key insights and lessons from Pact’s examination of illicit finance in Zimbabwe and illuminates the economic and...
Boys exercising in a field

A team effort: Coaching adolescent boys on the importance of respecting women and girls

December 8, 2021
Life at home and at school for Burki, an adolescent boy from Kenya, used to be contentious. He would often show a lack of respect for his parents and teachers and, according to his mother, toward...
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...