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AfrIdea participants and US Embassy staff from Mali gather at Impact Hub Bamako for their first meet and greet in-person
June 18, 2021

U.S. Department of State, Pact host innovation contest for young entrepreneurs in West Africa

From June 18-20, the U.S. Department of State and Pact are co-hosting a 72-hour nonstop idea-a-thon for 120 young entrepreneurs in West Africa to grow their innovative solutions to challenges due to Covid-19. 

Deputy President William Ruto (left), Ethiopian Ambassador to Kenya Meles Alem (center) and EU Acting Ambassador and Head of Cooperation for Kenya Hubert Perr.
May 19, 2021

EU awards Pact €3 million to expand peacebuilding in East Africa

Pact has secured the support of a European Union grant for €3,137,520 to expand peacebuilding activities in Ethiopia and Kenya. The project, SEEK II, will address drivers of conflict, insecurity and instability while strengthening the systems and institutions that can peacefully...

A miner in Zimbabwe who participates in Pact’s Zimbabwe Accountability and Artisanal Mining Program. (Credit: Maggie Dougherty/Pact)
May 4, 2021

Better working conditions can improve safety and productivity of artisanal and small-scale miners around the world

A new World Bank and Pact report finds that better working conditions can improve productivity, health, and safety for the over 44 million artisanal miners across 80 countries. 

Mineral processing with wet pan mills in Chami, Mauritania. (Credit: Pact)
January 25, 2021

Pact, Magma Group and Aurum Monaco partner to make the business case for responsible artisanal gold in Mauritania

Global INGO and artisanal mining specialist Pact, geotechnical services provider Magma Group, and high-end precious metal refiner and producer Aurum Monaco are pleased to announce a new partnership that will demonstrate the business case for a responsible artisanal and small-scale gold...

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January 12, 2021

International NGO Pact names Cristine Betters head of public sector business development

International NGO Pact has named Cristine Betters as the Vice President for Public Sector Business Development. As Vice President, Betters will lead the organization’s considerable global portfolio of work with the public sector, across the business development pipeline, and will join the...

An artisanal miner at work in DRC. (Credit: Pact)
December 16, 2020

Pact, AOC and Philips Monitors partner to improve responsible sourcing of minerals in the Democratic Republic of Congo

International nonprofit organization Pact, AOC International (Europe) B.V. and MMD-Monitors & Displays Nederland B.V. (Philips Monitors), leaders in the global monitor market, announce a new partnership to enhance formalization and governance of the artisanal and small-scale mining...

An artisanal miner in DRC.
November 23, 2020

Entreprise Générale du Cobalt enters into a trading agreement with Trafigura with the aim to transform the artisanal and small-scale cobalt mining sector in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Entreprise Générale du Cobalt (“EGC”) has today announced the signing of a trading agreement with Trafigura Pte Ltd (“Trafigura”).

Karen Hayes selected 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining 2020
November 19, 2020

Pact’s Karen Hayes celebrated in 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining publication

Pact’s Karen Hayes, Vice President of Energy, Environment and Extractives, has recently been selected as one of 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining by Women in Mining U.K. The biennial global publication celebrates the “above and beyond” contributions of women to the global mining...

Credit: Green Invest Asia
November 16, 2020

Private sector launches coconut industry's first sustainability charter

With support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Green Invest Asia, implemented by Pact, private sector leaders signed the coconut industry’s first global Sustainable Coconut Charter, which aims to improve farmer livelihoods,  lessen the carbon footprint of...

October 16, 2020

Zewud Debebe joins Pact as chief human capital officer

Pact, an international nonprofit, announced that Zewud Debebe has joined the organization as its new chief human capital officer. Debebe, an accomplished business and human resources leader, will join the organization’s executive team and lead its global human capital strategy.

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