Sustainability

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Pact projects that leveraged markets as a force for development in 2019

Women panning gold in Sierra Leone.

Harnessing artisanal and small-scale mining to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals

September 14, 2020
It makes intuitive sense that artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) – low-tech, labor-intensive mineral processing and extraction – cuts across the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 
Artisanally mined bricks for construction in Rwanda

Neglected artisanal miners are proven critical for the attainment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals

September 9, 2020
Even in its informal state, ASM makes positive contributions to almost all of the SDGs, but also has negative impacts on most of them.  Depending on the way it is approached, formalization can help...

Women Entrepreneurs Act: Lim Kanika

August 31, 2020
Lim Kanika is founder of Sepak, an online sales platform for Cambodian handicraft producers. As a young woman entrepreneur in Cambodia, she has faced and overcome many challenges to run a successful...
Mangroves in West Kalimantan, Indonesia, where Pact and USAID Green Invest Asia are helping timber producers to diversify and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. (Photo: Yohann Formont/GIA)

Building a better post-Covid-19 world with the private sector

June 4, 2020
Covid-19 has created one of the most widespread humanitarian and economic crises in recent history. Despite years of pandemic warnings issued, most governments, civil society, research institutions...

Southeast Asian women champion sustainability

March 8, 2019
Tainted food, plastic pollution, global warming and climate change – these are a number of the top concerns women have as consumers and investors, according to a study released by USAID Green Invest...
A young girl in a classroom in DRC.

Eurasian Resources Group to support Pact’s ‘Children Out of Mining’ program in the DRC

December 11, 2018
Eurasian Resources Group (“ERG” or “the Group”), a leading diversified natural resources group, is pleased to announce its support for “Children Out of Mining-Northern Kolwezi,” an initiative carried...
Miners, including children, washing minerals in DRC

Pact and Qualcomm expand collaboration to address child labor in mining in Africa

October 28, 2016
This week, Pact and Qualcomm Incorporated expand our collaboration to tackle critical issues facing mining communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The additional support from Qualcomm will...

Sustainable development: Twenty years after their start, Pact’s first WORTH groups remain

July 14, 2016
Two decades after its founding, in a testament to the WORTH model’s sustainability, the Jyoti WORTH group in rural Nepal is still together, even though it’s been years since Pact’s assistance ended.
Miners, including children, washing minerals in Katanga, DRC

Keeping children out of mineral supply chains

May 11, 2016
The sun is high and blistering down on a sparse landscape. Sounds of hammers and picks are constant throughout the hot day. People come and go, hauling heavy sacks of rocks from pits and tunnels to...

Pact report highlights progress against child labor in mining in Congo

May 11, 2016
Today, Pact released a report detailing the progress of efforts to address child labor in mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The report provides an in-depth look at four years of on-the-...

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