citizens participating in initiatives that resulted in positive state-society engagement in 2020
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.
Civil Society Support Programme (CSSP II)
Civil Society Support Programme II is a capacity development program supporting Ethiopia’s civil society and its contribution to national development, poverty reduction and the advancement of good governance, in line with the government’s policies. In partnership with British Council, Pact is helping to build capacity among Ethiopian civil society organizations as well as support government engagement.
Tanganyika Conflict Mitigation and Reconciliation
This project is working to reduce the incidence of conflicts between the Batwa and Baluba people by strengthening peace and reconciliation efforts in the Nyunzu, Kalemie, Manono and Kabalo communities. The project is increasing cooperation and co-existence between the Batwa and Baluba peoples, strengthening conflict mitigation mechanisms and resolution processes for peace-building, and improving livelihoods through social cohesion and collaboration.
Regional Approaches for Sustainable Conflict Management and Integration (RASMI)
The shared border areas of Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya, also known as the Mandera Triangle, have experienced armed conflict, violent crime, extremist attacks, political instability and state failure for years. The Regional Approaches for Sustainable Conflict Management and Integration (RASMI) project adopts a conflict systems-based approach to promote peace-building, conflict management and conflict resolution capacity at the community and cross-border levels. It is part of the EU's programme for Collaboration in the Cross-Border areas of the Horn of Africa. RASMI, which means “reliable” in Somali, targets stakeholders in the Mandera Triangle who are most vulnerable to engaging in conflict, irregular migration and recruitment into militias and terror groups. RASMI engages local government agencies, women, religious leaders, security forces and the private sector – those who have the greatest capacity for managing conflicts and promoting peace.
WE Act: Empowering Young Women Entrepreneurs in Cambodia
This Pact-led project supports young women entrepreneurs in Cambodia to reach their full potential. By supporting young women entrepreneurs to strengthen their skills, business linkages and participation with relevant associations, we strengthen families, communities and Cambodia overall. The project is focusing on urban-based micro, small and medium businesses owned by young women, ages 18 to 30. The project is working to address key challenges to their businesses through capacity development, network expansion, information sharing, access to finance and markets and more. In partnership with existing actors in the entrepreneur system, the project is supporting them to better serve the needs of young women entrepreneurs. The project also works to reduce economic gender barriers in Cambodia and stimulate women's participation in decision-making processes.
Selam Ekisil II (SEEK II)
The Selam Ekisil, or SEEK, project adopts a conflict systems based approach to address the multiple causes of conflict in cross border areas and to promote peace building, conflict management and conflict resolution capacity at the community and cross border levels. It is part of the EU’s programme for Collaboration in the Cross Border areas of the Horn of Africa, working to prevent and mitigate the impact of local conflict and to promote economic development and greater resilience in four different cross border regions. The three-year project addresses drivers of conflict, insecurity and instability, while strengthening the systems and institutions that peacefully manage and resolve conflict on the border of Southwest Ethiopia and Northwest Kenya.
Advancing Community Empowerment
The Advancing Community Empowerment in Southeastern Myanmar project, supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Burma, works with communities to bolster their ownership, capacity and action to meet the needs of the most vulnerable; broaden participation for more inclusive decision making; and strengthen mechanisms for more responsive and accountable local governance. Pact is implementing Advancing Community Empowerment in partnership with Community Partners International, Mercy Corps and Save the Children. The five-year project also partners with a broad range of local and regional organizations, service providers and actors to address community development priorities.
Strengthening the Capacity of Indigenous Organizations in the Amazon
The Strengthening the Capacity of Indigenous Organizations in the Amazon project, or SCIOA, is increasing indigenous people's influence in the governance of the Amazon region in order to protect the region's environment and the rights of its indigenous people. As part of USAID's Human Rights Support Mechanism, the project is reducing the negative impacts of economic development, including infrastructure projects and extractive activities, on Amazon forests and water resources. Through evidence-based programming, an emphasis on learning by doing and adapted, culturally relevant capacity development tools, Pact is building the capacities of indigenous organizations to access and manage financial resources and take ownership of their own development planning and priorities in the Amazon rainforest of Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Suriname, Guyana and Ecuador.
Data Driven Advocacy
This project, led by Freedom House, is part of USAID’s Human Rights Support Mechanism. The project is working to improve and sustain the ability of Tanzanian civil society organizations to advocate for, and influence policy on, rights issues by using better data and information to drive results. The Data Driven Advocacy Activity provides technical assistance to local organizations in data collection and evidence-based advocacy. Pact is leading institutional capacity development for local organizations and networks.
Belarus Reforms and Media Assistance Activity (BRAMA)
This project is increasing civic engagement of informed Belarusian citizens in order to contribute to positive social change at the local and national levels. Pact supports civil society organizations and less institutionalized initiatives to engage citizens in positive civic action to improve the quality of life at the community level. Pact also works with independent think tanks and policy groups to increase citizens' trust, understanding and consumption of objective information.