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.



citizens participating in initiatives that resulted in positive state-society engagement in 2017

Everyone deserves to participate in their own governance, but often those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization are left out.

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.

Likewise, Pact also works directly with host government officials, legislators, local government councils and key ministries to devise ways to share information, decisions, plans and progress reports with communities.

In more than dozen countries today, Pact nurtures positive state-society engagement based on inclusiveness, responsiveness, transparency and accountability.

Pact’s emphasis on partnership cultivates grassroots support for reform by encouraging collaborative efforts between civil society organizations; local, regional and national NGOs; businesses; and government. These networks build broad-based constituencies whose voices command attention.

Pact and its partners also help train women in political leadership, conduct civics education in schools and communities, raise awareness of issues critical to marginalized groups, and reinforce democratic and gender-equal ideals.

Information that is readily accessible and understandable creates an informed constituency that builds their future on transparency and accountability, so Pact trains watchdog groups and journalists to access information, track budgets and share their findings.

Government can seems like something done to people, not on behalf of people. Unless those governed participate in the process, adminstrations become out-of-touch and nonresponsive - or worse, wateful and corrupt.

Our Governance Work in Action

After dogged advocacy by Pact partner, Ukraine greenlights High Anti-Corruption Court

October 19, 2018
After Ukraine’s 2014 revolution, the country’s new government had a lot on its plate: the occupation of Crimea, the building of a new state...

Building inclusivity in Ukraine: 'Who is on Beauty Today?'

October 1, 2018
Pact’s USAID ENGAGE project, which stands for Enhance Non-Governmental Actors and Grassroots Engagement, is helping to advance democratic...

The ENGAGE project in Ukraine

July 18, 2018
USAID/ENGAGE is implemented by Pact in Ukraine with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). This video...

With post-revolution civic education, a Pact partner helps build a democratic generation in Ukraine

June 1, 2018
By Yuliia Kurnyshova and Paul Shields Polina Verbytska is passionate about civic education. She has been working to improve it in Ukraine...

The Sajhedari Bikaas project: Partnership for Local Development

May 31, 2018
A look at USAID's Sajhedari Bikaas project, which is implemented by Pact. This project is strengthening the relationship between citizens...

Rebuilding Stronger: Putting Communities in Charge after Nepal’s Earthquakes

August 31, 2017
In 2012, Pact began implementing USAID’s Sajhedari Bikaas project in six southern districts of Nepal. The six-year effort is helping rural...

After earthquakes in Nepal, rebuilding better

June 19, 2017
With a unique model that puts post-disaster communities in charge of their own recovery, Nepalis are building much more than water systems.

Armed with knowledge, a ‘citizen leader’ in Cambodia makes a difference

February 13, 2017
Before Pact's PROCEED project, local officials in Cambodia rarely listened to citizens’ concerns, and citizens often were too afraid to...

Belarus in Global Ratings 2016

January 20, 2017
For Belarus internally, 2016 was a year of relative political liberalization, gradual normalization of relations with the West and...

Pact's Mekong Partnership for the Environment

June 27, 2016
Pact's Barry Flaming discusses the Mekong Partnership for the Environment project. Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development...