partner organizations that improved their performance in 2019
Mekong Connections: Supporting Governance, Transparency and Local Voices
Mekong Connections is building an engagement network of key stakeholders to foster transboundary collaboration and information-sharing among local voices on key policy challenges facing the Mekong region. The network will focus on governance and transparency projects from the perspectives of community actors, enhance and develop regional networks to connect community perspectives to central policy debates in the Mekong, share global lessons learned and best practices on transboundary challenges in the region and beyond, and propose concrete policy approaches to these challenges. Ultimately, small-grant awardees and fellows funded through Mekong Connections will strengthen community voices and civil society directly.
Human Rights Support Mechanism — Middle East & North Africa
Led by Search for Common Ground, this project is identifying atrocity risks and resilience mechanisms to support religious and ethnic minority populations in Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and Yemen. Pact is integrating a political economy lens into the project’s assessment frameworks and designing research tools for ongoing Applied Political Economy Analysis (APEA). Pact also provides support through peer-to-peer reviews during the research development process and supports the development of a framework for ongoing APEA.
MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership (MCGL)
Led by Jhpiego, MCGL is a global effort to improve maternal, newborn and child health, family planning and reproductive health. Pact is strengthening referral systems, building the capacity of local entities and organizations to better plan, prepare, manage and finance their programs, and strengthening the strategic planning and management capacity of national governments to improve health services.
Combatting Child Labor in DRC's Cobalt Industry
Led by the International Labour Organization, this project is strengthening efforts by the Congolese government and other relevant stakeholders to address child labor in the cobalt industry in DRC. Pact is working to increase understanding of the challenges and opportunities for addressing child labor in the DRC’s cobalt industry, to increase the capacity of government and other relevant stakeholders to address the problem, and to improve monitoring and remediation efforts by the private sector of child labor in the cobalt supply chain.
Conectando Caminos por los Derechos
Conectando Caminos por los Derechos (CCD) is funded by the United States Agency for International Development under the Human Rights Support Mechanism. The project is implemented by a consortium led by Pact that includes the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, Freedom House and Internews. The program supports Colombia’s efforts to prevent and respond to human rights violations, particularly among Venezuelan migrants, Colombian returnees and receptor communities, with the aim of increasing community cohesion and citizen security. CCD works with government and civil society to address labor exploitation, sexual exploitation, forced recruitment, human trafficking, forced disappearance, and gender-based violence among vulnerable populations in Colombia’s communities, including women, children and youth, indigenous persons, people of African descent, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people. The four-year program prevents and responds to human rights violations, strengthens human rights protection systems, and rapidly responds to changing human rights circumstances and needs in the context of mixed migration flows.
Fish for Livelihoods
Led by World Fish, the Fish for Livelihoods (F4L) project is improving the availability of diverse, safe, affordable, nutrient-rich foods, especially for women and young children from poor and vulnerable households. F4L is helping families prioritize nutritious-conscious decisions, and the project will leverage fish culture technologies to generate employment and increase local incomes and the availability of fish to eat. The project’s aquaculture activities include improved land and water use, increased access to high-quality feed, seed and equipment, capacity development and research into production, and access to credit. Nutrition and WASH education will ensure food-safe aquaculture.
Yaung Chi (‘radiance’ in the Myanmar language) is a three-year project to stimulate economic growth and improve health and educational outcomes through the productive use of energy. Pact will work with up to 70 unelectrified villages in Meiktila Township, Mandalay Region to promote women’s entrepreneurship through training, skills development and linkages with government and financial service providers; advance small enterprise development through standalone decentralized energy solutions; and electrify rural education and health facilities. The project will build the local governance capacity for administering loan schemes for productive use equipment and the operations and maintenance of roof-top solar projects for public facilities by community members, leading to long-term self-reliance.
The Restoring Fisheries for Sustainable Livelihoods in Lake Malawi program, or REFRESH, is conserving the freshwater biodiversity of Lake Malawi by restoring natural fisheries productivity in the lakeshore districts of Karonga, Rumphi, Likoma, Nkhata Bay, Nkhotakota, Salima, Dedza and Mangochi. REFRESH is working to ensure that targeted Lake Malawi aquatic habitats are healthy and well-managed, that endemic fish populations are self-sustaining, and that Lake Malawi fisheries are managed sustainably by 2024. REFRESH builds on communities' successes under USAID and Pact's FISH project.
Capacity Building Support to EpiC Local Partners
Meeting Targets and Maintaining Epidemic Control (EpiC), a five-year global project funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is dedicated to achieving and maintaining HIV epidemic control. The project provides strategic technical assistance and direct service delivery to break through barriers to 95-95-95 and promote self-reliant management of national HIV programs by improving HIV case-finding, prevention and treatment programming. EpiC is led by FHI 360, with Pact providing capacity building support to local partners.
The Adolescents and Children HIV Incidence Reduction, Empowerment and Virus Elimination project, or ACHIEVE, is a five-year global effort to reach and sustain HIV epidemic control among pregnant and breastfeeding women, adolescents, infants and children. The project is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and implemented by a Pact-led consortium of top global HIV/AIDS partners, including Jhpiego, Palladium, No Means No Worldwide and WI-HER. These core partners are being supported by a network of global and local strategic resource partners. ACHIEVE focuses on priority PEPFAR countries across Africa, Southeast Asia and the Caribbean. The ACHIEVE consortium works with USAID Missions, national governments and existing response partners to identify gaps in HIV prevention and treatment programming among target populations. Using best practices and expertise along with innovations, the project is addressing critical gaps to meet country-specific epidemic control goals. Learn more here.