Capacity development



partner organizations that improved their performance in 2019

Expanding Access to Justice

Country: Somalia, Kenya
Funder: USAID

Working in Somalia and the autonomous region of Somaliland, the Expanding Access to Justice project is increasing awareness and general knowledge of legal rights, human rights and options for recourse, especially for marginalized groups. The project responds to citizens’ needs by supporting civil society and government justice actors in sustainably improving the quality and scope of legal aid services. Working with government and civil society justice sector actors, Expanding Access to Justice's ultimate goal is to increase the quality, reach, availability and accessibility of legal aid services in Somalia and Somaliland. Learn more at Expanding Access to Justice's website

Women of Ukraine: Heard, Capable and Resilient

Country: Ukraine
Funder: Global Affairs Canada

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.

Engaging Local Actors to Promote Peaceful Coexistence among Farmers and Herders in Taraba State

Country: Nigeria
Funder: USAID

Over the past several years, Nigeria has witnessed an escalation in violent conflicts in multiple states between nomadic livestock herders and indigenous farmers. These conflicts are triggered when farmers and livestock herders clash over the use of land and have cost thousands of people their lives, as well as caused many people to flee their homes. In 2019, the Engaging Local Actors to Promote Peaceful Coexistence project, which seeks to find resolution for these conflicts, began in four Local Government Authorities in Nigeria’s Taraba State. Pact and our main local partner, Interfaith Mediation Centre, are working with area tribes to facilitate community conflict resolution through self-driven and locally-owned dialogue and consensus-building, improve access to justice for aggrieved parties in target communities, and strengthen local government and institutional capacity to effectively promote peace in their communities.

Strengthening Institutions for Peace and Development (SIPED II)

Country: Ethiopia
Funder: USAID

SIPED II is increasing the resiliency of Ethiopian communities to manage and respond to conflict. Aimed at building an enabling environment for sustainable development, this project is based on the idea that resilient states – constituted by resilient communities – are capable of absorbing shocks and managing challenges while maintaining political stability and preventing or minimizing violence. The project establishes and strengthens partnerships between government officials and local communities to address issues that may lead to violent conflict and to ensure that interventions are conflict-sensitive.  

Conflict Early Warning and Rapid Response Reforms (CEWRR) and Upgrades in Ethiopia

Country: Ethiopia
Funder: Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

This project assists the government of Ethiopia to develop, improve and implement a scalable and comprehensive conflict early warning and rapid response system to monitor and respond to local conflicts. Pact is providing technical guidance, management and monitoring and evaluation services for the piloting of technical and IT reforms and upgrades for the Ethiopian CEWRR system. The European Union and USAID have also helped fund this effort. 

Civil Society Support Programme (CSSP II)

Country: Ethiopia
Funder: FCDO + other donors

Civil Society Support Programme II is a capacity development program supporting Ethiopia’s civil society and its contribution to national development, poverty reduction and the advancement of good governance, in line with the government’s policies. In partnership with British Council, Pact is helping to build capacity among Ethiopian civil society organizations as well as support government engagement.  

Kizazi Kipya: New Generation

Country: Tanzania
Funder: USAID

The Kizazi Kipya project, or New Generation, is working to transform the lives of vulnerable Tanzanian children and young people, particularly those affected by HIV. This five-year project builds on years of collaboration between Pact and USAID in Tanzania that already has made a significant, measurable difference for the country’s youth. Kizazi Kipya's planned outcomes include better financial resources for parents and caregivers of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), as well as improved access to health and HIV services for children and adolescents, including those who are hard to reach. The project is working across all regions of Tanzania. Partners include the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, the Aga Khan Foundation, Railway Children Africa and the Ifakara Health Institute.

Tanganyika Conflict Mitigation and Reconciliation

Country: Democratic Republic of Congo
Funder: USAID

This project is working to reduce the incidence of conflicts between the Batwa and Baluba people by strengthening peace and reconciliation efforts in the Nyunzu, Kalemie, Manono and Kabalo communities. The project is increasing cooperation and co-existence between the Batwa and Baluba peoples, strengthening conflict mitigation mechanisms and resolution processes for peace-building, and improving livelihoods through social cohesion and collaboration.

Regional Approaches for Sustainable Conflict Management and Integration (RASMI)

Country: Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya
Funder: European Union Trust Fund for Africa

The shared border areas of Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya, also known as the Mandera Triangle, have experienced armed conflict, violent crime, extremist attacks, political instability and state failure for years. The Regional Approaches for Sustainable Conflict Management and Integration (RASMI) project adopts a conflict systems-based approach to promote peace-building, conflict management and conflict resolution capacity at the community and cross-border levels. It is part of the EU's programme for Collaboration in the Cross-Border areas of the Horn of Africa. RASMI, which means “reliable” in Somali, targets stakeholders in the Mandera Triangle who are most vulnerable to engaging in conflict, irregular migration and recruitment into militias and terror groups. RASMI engages local government agencies, women, religious leaders, security forces and the private sector – those who have the greatest capacity for managing conflicts and promoting peace. 

Selam Ekisil (SEEK)

Country: Ethiopia, Kenya
Funder: European Union Trust Fund for Africa

The Selam Ekisil, or SEEK, project adopts a conflict systems based approach to address the multiple causes of conflict in cross border areas and to promote peace building, conflict management and conflict resolution capacity at the community and cross border levels. It is part of the EU’s programme for Collaboration in the Cross Border areas of the Horn of Africa, working to prevent and mitigate the impact of local conflict and to promote economic development and greater resilience in four different cross border regions. The three-year project addresses drivers of conflict, insecurity and instability, while strengthening the systems and institutions that peacefully manage and resolve conflict on the border of Southwest Ethiopia and Northwest Kenya.