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Pact local partner holds first virtual assembly of Amazonian indigenous women across Brazil

To protect their communities from Covid-19, indigenous peoples in the Amazon have had to find alternative ways to stay in touch to continue to advocate for their territories and rights. The women of UMIAB are no exception. 

Community members in South Omo gather for a Hamer-Dassenach discussion. (Credit: SND/SEEK)

‘We have to feel our neighbors’ pain’: On the Kenya-Ethiopia border, feuding groups unite after crisis

In September, heavy rains drenched Ethiopia’s South Omo region, home to the Dassenach community. Nearby Lake Turkana overflowed its banks, destroying agricultural and grazing fields and displacing many Dassenach. Soon their cattle were dying for a lack of grass.

Artisanal miners at work in the Democratic Republic of Congo. (Photo: Pact)

Communities affected by Covid-19 receive support from expanded Pact, Trafigura, Chemaf program in DRC

The lives and livelihoods of artisanal and small-scale miners were precarious even before the Covid-19 pandemic. About 42 million people around the world work in artisanal and small-scale mining, or ASM, which involves digging minerals from the earth by hand or with basic tools such as...

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Mahazomana Evens (Photo: Pact)

For a dedicated student in Madagascar, a RISE scholarship sets a path to success

Mahazomana Evens grew up in a large, modest family in the village of Mitriaky, in Fort Dauphin, near the southern tip of Madagascar. His mother and father farmed and fished to support their eight children until both parents died unexpectedly. It seemed unlikely that staying in school...

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For a young man in Ethiopia, an invitation to build peace turns his life around

Bereket Woldemariam is a passionate 22-year-old from Dire Dawa, Ethiopia. A formerly booming metropolis known across Ethiopia for its egalitarian values and diverse population of loving and hospitable people, Dire Dawa has experienced growing strife and violence in the past few years...

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The VoxUkraine team. (Photo: VoxUkraine)

Pact partner VoxUkraine fights Covid-19 disinformation, builds an informed citizenry

Drink a soda to prevent coronavirus. Wearing a face mask during hot summer days is prohibited. 5G mobile networks increase one’s likelihood of contracting Covid-19. These are just a few of the many mindboggling pieces of misinformation that pass through the desks of VoxUkraine’s office in...

In the Mandera Triangle, RASMI takes action to build police-community trust amid Covid-19

As the Covid-19 pandemic stretches on, governments are hard-pressed to return their countries to some sense of normalcy, even as the virus continues to spread. In Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia, authorities are relaxing travel restrictions – a move that has been followed by a sharp rise in...

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In South Africa, Pact works to lower new HIV infections among adolescent girls

Adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) are disproportionally affected by HIV. Of all new HIV infections among adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa, 80 percent are in girls between the ages of 15 and 19, according to UNAIDS.

Sewing apprentices cut fabric to make Covid-19 face masks. (Photo: Pact)

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, meet three young people leaving child mining behind

Child labor in mining has long been categorized as one of the worst forms of child labor by the International Labour Organization. It is arduous work that exposes children to significant health and safety risks as well as exploitation.

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