partner organizations that improved their performance in 2017
Community HIV Prevention Program
This project is working to reduce new HIV infections in Zambia. Focusing on high-risk groups, Pact is using radio, television and other kinds of outreach and education to boost HIV awareness, change risky behavior and increase the use of HIV services. The project works closely with local Zambian organizations and institutions, building their capacity to plan, implement and monitor their own quality programs to stop the spread of HIV.
Government Capacity Development Support
Pact is helping to build the capacity of South Africa's Department of Social Development to better support orphans and vulnerable children, including those affected by abuse, neglect or exploitation. Specifically, the project is strengthening the department's response to tuberculosis, HIV and other diseases among vulnerable children.
The Yetu Initiative is strengthening the capacity of Kenyan civil society organizations to engage with citizens and carry out their missions. By helping local organizations to implement their own projects and campaigns and address issues of local concern, the Yetu Initiative is cultivating a culture of community-driven philanthropy, empowering communities to solve their own problems, reducing dependency on foreign donors and creating sustainable impact. Pact is using its unique capacity development tools to provide targeted, contextualized support to its partner organizations.
Kenya Cancer Association Institutional Strengthening
This project is building the capacity of the Kenya Cancer Association. To make the association more effective and efficient, Pact is strengthening its leadership, systems, policies and procedures, as well as its capacity to mobilize resources and engage in advocacy and networking. The two-year project is helping the association establish a track record of implementing high-quality cancer prevention programs at the local and national levels.
Forest Incomes for Environmental Sustainability
The Forest Incomes for Environmental Sustainability project is developing key rural forest-based enterprises that provide sustainable economic opportunities for rural farmers and forest-dependent communities while also stemming deforestation and biodiversity loss. The project is strengthening forest value chains, establishing legal and management frameworks for forest enterprises, and building the forest-management capacity of local organizations.
Coming Together for Forests
This project is promoting human rights and ensuring that citizens and local communities fairly benefit from Cambodia's forest resources. Specifically, the project is building a nationwide, grassroots-led network of forest communities and helping them to better advocate for themselves as development threatens to push families off land on which they depend.
Promoting Citizen Engagement in Democratic Development, or PROCEED, is encouraging and helping Cambodian citizens to exercise more power in governance at the sub-national level. The project is increasing well-informed communication between citizens and government officials about local governance issues, and helping citizens to hold their government representatives accountable for delivering services that respond to their needs.
Godere Forest Initiative
This project works to reduce conflict related to natural resources. The two-year effort is helping communities in the resource-rich Gambella region to manage and sustain the natural ecosystem and benefit from local natural resources while coexisting peacefully. Pact is building the capacity of 12 forest cooperatives and providing opportunities for different groups to come together to address underlying causes of tension. This means more equitable access to economic resources, improved forest management systems and increased space for dialogue among groups – ultimately leading to increased local capacity to manage natural resource-driven conflict.
Pact's PROMOT program works to decrease mother-to-child HIV transmission in Nigeria's Bayelsa state. The program trains community health workers who make home visits and encourage pregnant women to get tested for HIV. Women who test positive are provided antiretroviral medicine and antenatal education to drastically reduce the odds of transmitting the virus to their babies. Babies are also tested after birth. The program is also building the capacity of local organizations to carry on transmission-prevention efforts beyond the life of PROMOT.
Increasing Care Seeking Behavior
The Increasing Care Seeking Behavior (ICARE) project is increasing early care-seeking for childhood illness (within 48 hours of symptom onset) and improving the supply of quality health services. Focusing on two Nigerian states with especially high child mortality rates, the project is boosting the use of Lo - ORS and zinc for diarrhea in children under 5 as well as the effectiveness and sustainability of community-based organizations to promote the recommended management of diarrhea among children.