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

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Ukrainian show uniting citizens around reforms and activism paves the way to sustainability

July 12, 2021
The endless flow of news, updates and messages offered by traditional media outlets can overwhelm citizens. Political control, clickbait headlines, propaganda and fake news create a huge gap filled...
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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 society organizations' (CSOs’) financial viability and fails...
'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 and harmony that drives Mama Amani, as she is known in...
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 democracy, human rights, and good governance overseas.

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 Kenya and Ethiopia Border.
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 in the sights and sounds of the nation’s capital. Dumanska...
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 of contracting Covid-19. These are just a few of the many...
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 countries as of writing, its severity can depend on how...

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 showcasing how ACE is helping to build trust and...

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 have worked with the government as Africa’s second most...

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