citizens participating in initiatives that resulted in positive state-society engagement in 2020
Business Pilot for Responsible Mauritanian ASM Gold
This project will demonstrate the business case for responsible artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) in Mauritania, where the sector is currently nascent, informal, reliant on mercury use and vulnerable to intrusion from insurgent groups operating in the wider Sahel region. With partners Magma Group and Aurum Monaco, Pact is supporting ASGM miners and forgerons (blacksmiths) to adopt improved methods for gold processing and jewelry-making, with reduced environmental and health impacts. By establishing an exporting company under Magma, the partners aim to establish a transparent and ‘clean’ supply chain from Mauritania’s gold mines to Aurum’s refinery in Monaco. Government and regional stakeholders will be strengthened on due diligence and the novel EU Conflict Minerals Regulation, and engaged to ensure project interventions can be scaled sustainably.
Mekong Connections: Supporting Governance, Transparency and Local Voices
Mekong Connections is building an engagement network of key stakeholders to foster transboundary collaboration and information-sharing among local voices on key policy challenges facing the Mekong region. The network will focus on governance and transparency projects from the perspectives of community actors, enhance and develop regional networks to connect community perspectives to central policy debates in the Mekong, share global lessons learned and best practices on transboundary challenges in the region and beyond, and propose concrete policy approaches to these challenges. Ultimately, small-grant awardees and fellows funded through Mekong Connections will strengthen community voices and civil society directly.
Human Rights Support Mechanism — Middle East & North Africa
Led by Search for Common Ground, this project is identifying atrocity risks and resilience mechanisms to support religious and ethnic minority populations in Libya, Morocco, Tunisia and Yemen. Pact is integrating a political economy lens into the project’s assessment frameworks and designing research tools for ongoing Applied Political Economy Analysis (APEA). Pact also provides support through peer-to-peer reviews during the research development process and supports the development of a framework for ongoing APEA.
Combatting Child Labor in DRC's Cobalt Industry
Led by the International Labour Organization, this project is strengthening efforts by the Congolese government and other relevant stakeholders to address child labor in the cobalt industry in DRC. Pact is working to increase understanding of the challenges and opportunities for addressing child labor in the DRC’s cobalt industry, to increase the capacity of government and other relevant stakeholders to address the problem, and to improve monitoring and remediation efforts by the private sector of child labor in the cobalt supply chain.
Conectando Caminos por los Derechos
Conectando Caminos por los Derechos (CCD) is funded by the United States Agency for International Development under the Human Rights Support Mechanism. The project is implemented by a consortium led by Pact that includes the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, Freedom House and Internews. The program supports Colombia’s efforts to prevent and respond to human rights violations, particularly among Venezuelan migrants, Colombian returnees and receptor communities, with the aim of increasing community cohesion and citizen security. CCD works with government and civil society to address labor exploitation, sexual exploitation, forced recruitment, human trafficking, forced disappearance, and gender-based violence among vulnerable populations in Colombia’s communities, including women, children and youth, indigenous persons, people of African descent, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people. The four-year program prevents and responds to human rights violations, strengthens human rights protection systems, and rapidly responds to changing human rights circumstances and needs in the context of mixed migration flows.
Sustainable Mine Site Validation
This project is helping to counter illegal activities such as child labor, violence and other human abuses at artisanal mine sites in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Through a validation process, the project verifies that no armed groups are present and that the mine has the legal authority to operate. This process is the first step to ensuring minerals are sourced responsibly and conflict-free, which contributes to broader peace and stability in the region.
Expanding Access to Justice
Working in Somalia and the autonomous region of Somaliland, the Expanding Access to Justice project is increasing awareness and general knowledge of legal rights, human rights and options for recourse, especially for marginalized groups. The project responds to citizens’ needs by supporting civil society and government justice actors in sustainably improving the quality and scope of legal aid services. Working with government and civil society justice sector actors, Expanding Access to Justice's ultimate goal is to increase the quality, reach, availability and accessibility of legal aid services in Somalia and Somaliland. Learn more at Expanding Access to Justice's website.
Women of Ukraine: Heard, Capable and Resilient
This project is working to increase the fulfilment of human rights for women and girls, and to advance gender equality in Ukraine. The project will build the capacity of women’s rights organizations and support advocacy campaigns through the delivery of small grants. The project promotes inclusion of the women’s movement into a broader reform agenda and national development processes by engaging a diverse range of stakeholders, including non-government organizations, local authorities, key decision makers, media, trade unions and religious organizations.
Advancing Rights in Southern Africa (ARISA)
Every single person has the right to be free from discrimination and attack, and to recourse if their rights are violated. But this remains a dream for many people and communities. The Advancing Rights in Southern Africa project, or ARISA, promotes and protects human rights, especially the rights of the most vulnerable people. ARISA aims to improve recognition, awareness and enforcement of human rights across the Southern African Development Community region. Implemented by a consortium of four organizations including Pact, ARISA is working to create an enabling environment for the promotion and protection of human rights, and to strengthen the capacity and engagement of regional and local civil society actors to seek redress for rights violations.
Engaging Local Actors to Promote Peaceful Coexistence among Farmers and Herders in Taraba State
Over the past several years, Nigeria has witnessed an escalation in violent conflicts in multiple states between nomadic livestock herders and indigenous farmers. These conflicts are triggered when farmers and livestock herders clash over the use of land and have cost thousands of people their lives, as well as caused many people to flee their homes. In 2019, the Engaging Local Actors to Promote Peaceful Coexistence project, which seeks to find resolution for these conflicts, began in four Local Government Authorities in Nigeria’s Taraba State. Pact and our main local partner, Interfaith Mediation Centre, are working with area tribes to facilitate community conflict resolution through self-driven and locally-owned dialogue and consensus-building, improve access to justice for aggrieved parties in target communities, and strengthen local government and institutional capacity to effectively promote peace in their communities.