citizens participating in initiatives that resulted in positive state-society engagement in 2018
Sustainable Mine Site Validation
This project is helping to counter illegal activities such as child labor, violence and other human abuses at artisanal mine sites in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Through a validation process, the project verifies that no armed groups are present and that the mine has the legal authority to operate. This process is the first step to ensuring minerals are sourced responsibly and conflict-free, which contributes to broader peace and stability in the region.
Women of Ukraine: Heard, Capable and Resilient
This project is working to increase the fulfilment of human rights for women and girls, and to advance gender equality in Ukraine. The project will build the capacity of women’s rights organizations and support advocacy campaigns through the delivery of small grants. The project promotes inclusion of the women’s movement into a broader reform agenda and national development processes by engaging a diverse range of stakeholders, including non-government organizations, local authorities, key decision makers, media, trade unions and religious organizations.
Advancing Rights in Southern Africa (ARISA)
Every single person has the right to be free from discrimination and attack, and to recourse if their rights are violated. But this remains a dream for many people and communities. The Advancing Rights in Southern Africa project, or ARISA, promotes and protects human rights, especially the rights of the most vulnerable people. ARISA aims to improve recognition, awareness and enforcement of human rights across the Southern African Development Community region. Implemented by a consortium of four organizations including Pact, ARISA is working to create an enabling environment for the promotion and protection of human rights, and to strengthen the capacity and engagement of regional and local civil society actors to seek redress for rights violations.
Building on Pact's successful implementation of PEACE II, this project works along Kenya's borders with Uganda, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Somalia to strengthen conflict-management systems and build the capacity of regional and national institutions to stem cross-border conflict.
Advancing Community Empowerment
The Advancing Community Empowerment in Southeastern Myanmar project, supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Burma, works with communities to bolster their ownership, capacity and action to meet the needs of the most vulnerable; broaden participation for more inclusive decision making; and strengthen mechanisms for more responsive and accountable local governance. Pact is implementing Advancing Community Empowerment in partnership with Community Partners International, Mercy Corps and Save the Children. The five-year project also partners with a broad range of local and regional organizations, service providers and actors to address community development priorities.
Centre for Good Governance
This four-year project is building increased civic engagement and coherence around local development programs in Kayah State and Bago Region.
Ahlin Yaung Renewable Energy Program
The Ahlin Yaung (“light” in Myanmar language) Project is working to provide renewable energy access to 1 million low-income people in rural Myanmar by 2021. Myanmar has one of the lowest electrification rates in Asia, with the national electricity grid reaching only a small part of the population, mostly in urban areas. Ahlin Yaung uses Pact’s Village Development Committees (VDCs) and WORTH savings groups to manage the program at the community level. VDCs, through community-managed revolving funds, provide funding for households to purchase photovoltaic equipment on hire-purchase. WORTH groups manage community solar charging stations, which charge special batteries for household lighting and mobile device charging, to distribute electricity to communities. Both the revolving fund and WORTH group models generate interest and income for other village development activities. Ahlin Yaung also provides funding to villages to purchase photovoltaic equipment at the community level.
Data Driven Advocacy
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.
Belarus Reforms and Media Assistance Activity (BRAMA)
This project is increasing civic engagement of informed Belarusian citizens in order to contribute to positive social change at the local and national levels. Pact supports civil society organizations and less institutionalized initiatives to engage citizens in positive civic action to improve the quality of life at the community level. Pact also works with independent think tanks and policy groups to increase citizens' trust, understanding and consumption of objective information.
Pact’s ENGAGE program, which stands for Enhance Non-Governmental Actors and Grassroots Engagement, aims to increase citizen awareness of and engagement in civic activities at the national, regional and local levels. Beginning in Fall 2016, ENGAGE’s goals are to increase civic education, promote democratic reforms through local coalitions, improve the capacity of civil society organizations and ensure sustainability of civic engagement in Ukraine. In addition, ENGAGE seeks to promote inclusion of marginalized groups and build demand for fundamental European values.