Governance

Governance

Pact gives voice to those without by fostering national, regional and local governance that’s inclusive, transparent and accountable – making them heard. Our efforts cut across all the work we do.

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citizens participating in initiatives that resulted in positive state-society engagement in 2020

Inclusive, transparent and accountable governance is essential to people’s ability to own their future. Pact fosters such governance systems by empowering citizens and communities to speak their truth to power and by enabling government institutions to respond to citizens’ needs, deliver quality services and effectively manage public resources.

Pact helps people who may lack resources, information or influence to exercise their voice through education, networking, coalition-building and advocacy. Our tools and strategies connect people with public servants, enable them to track their activity and efficiency, and give communities a say in policymaking and priorities.

Pact’s emphasis on partnership cultivates grassroots support for reform by encouraging cooperation among governments, communities, civil society and business.

Unless citizens take an active role in their own governance, adminstrations become out-of-touch and nonresponsive or, worse, wasteful and corrupt.

 

Our Governance Work in Action

Governance in Cambodia

Five ideas for supporting CSOs to be more relevant, resilient and sustainable

May 24, 2021
The notion of civil society sustainability used by international development practitioners over-fixates on issues of civil...
'Mama Amani' Elizabeth Kalany. (Credit: Kelah Kathure/Pact)

“Peace is an action of transformed thinking”: A community change agent in Kenya makes peace her life's work

February 25, 2021
Asked what she does for a living, Elizabeth Kalany’s answer is an emphatic, “My work is peace.” It is this selfless pursuit of togetherness...
A meeting of parliament in Ukraine, where Pact has supported democracy since 2012. (Credit: Brian Clark/Pact)

Opinion: Toward a more assertive and humble pro-democracy agenda

February 12, 2021
The past four years have been a time of soul searching for those in the business of deploying U.S. taxpayer resources for the promotion of...

EU-funded RASMI project hands over water pan to border communities in Mandera County

February 1, 2021
The newly constructed waterpoint will help mitigate conflict over water and pasture for the predominantly pastoralist communities along the...
The Kiev skyline from afar. (Photo: Brian Clark/Pact)

Pact partner CHESNO restores beauty and pride in Kyiv through civic action

October 12, 2020
While on a leisurely stroll down Independence Avenue in Washington, DC, during a visit to the United States, Kyiv native Vita Dumanska took...
The VoxUkraine team. (Photo: VoxUkraine)

Pact partner VoxUkraine fights Covid-19 disinformation, builds an informed citizenry

September 1, 2020
Drink a soda to prevent coronavirus. Wearing a face mask during hot summer days is prohibited. 5G mobile networks increase one’s likelihood...
The Kiev skyline in Ukraine, where Pact and its partners have worked for nearly a decade to build democracy and government accountability. (Photo: Brian Clark/Pact)

‘We’re Still Open:’ Balancing government transparency and accountability with effective crisis response

July 2, 2020
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought new meaning to the phrase "all politics is local." Though the virus does not discriminate, affecting 188...

Building trust and collaboration in southeastern Myanmar

February 19, 2020
To commemorate World Social Day of Justice observed on February 20, the Advancing Community Empowerment (ACE) project supported by USAID is...

With Pact’s support, Ethiopia Ministry of Peace launches new conflict early warning and rapid response system

October 2, 2019
Fueled by poverty and tension among the country’s ethnic groups, conflict has long beset Ethiopia. International and Ethiopian partners...

ENGAGE: Building democracy from the ground up

June 12, 2019
In partnership with USAID, Pact launched the ENGAGE project in Ukraine in 2016. The five-year effort is working to advance democratic...