people with increased net income and savings in 2020
Promoting Mercury-Free Mali (Pro-MFM)
Pact’s Promoting Mercury-Free Mali project brings together miners, industry and government stakeholders in an integrated approach to help resource-dependent communities and artisanal and small-scale gold miners to be safer as well as more formal and productive. The project aims to reduce mercury use and reliance, while strengthening supply chains in Mali’s small-scale gold mining sector. The effort includes technical support for mercury abatement, increased transparency and resiliency for the ASGM sector, and incentivizing and realizing responsible ASGM supply chains. The project works with miners, investors and gold traders interested in adopting mercury-free business models, in Keneiba Cercle in the Kayes Region of Western Mali.
Promoting Mercury-Free Mining (Pro-MFM)
The Promoting Mercury-Free Mining project is a three-year effort implemented by Pact in partnership with Solidaridad, Minerals Commission Ghana, and the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation. The project aims to reduce the use of mercury in Ghana’s artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) sector through education, the introduction of better technology, strengthened equipment supply chains and demonstrating business incentives for mercury-free gold production.
Piloting National Action Plan Implementation in Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone’s burgeoning artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) sector provides critical livelihoods for women and young men, but is largely informal and associated with a range of social and environmental challenges, including mercury use. In response, the government of Sierra Leone has developed a National Action Plan to reduce mercury usage in the ASGM sector, through formalization, introduction of better mining practices and advancing gender equality in ASGM communities. Through this project, Pact is helping stakeholders to kick-start implementation of the NAP by supporting responsible gold production and trade and improved formal market access for ASGM miners and gold traders. Interventions will target Sierra Leone’s Tonkolili district, where significant ASGM activity takes place. Pact is focusing on organizational and technical strengthening for improved occupational health and safety, mercury-free production and regulatory compliance, as well as supply chain due diligence and market access.
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.
Formalization of Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining
Working in Kolwezi, DRC, this project supports Trafigura's mineral suppliers in the development and ongoing maintenance of a responsible sourcing program. Pact assists suppliers in stakeholder consultation and awareness raising to facilitate the active and positive participation of miners, community members, community leaders, cooperatives and local authorities in the process of establishing a responsible mineral sourcing practice. Pact also completes due diligence and risk assessments as needed and supports suppliers to establish a consultation mechanism for risk management and conflict resolution, as well as a reporting mechanism for human rights abuses.
Fish for Livelihoods
Led by World Fish, the Fish for Livelihoods (F4L) project is improving the availability of diverse, safe, affordable, nutrient-rich foods, especially for women and young children from poor and vulnerable households. F4L is helping families prioritize nutritious-conscious decisions, and the project will leverage fish culture technologies to generate employment and increase local incomes and the availability of fish to eat. The project’s aquaculture activities include improved land and water use, increased access to high-quality feed, seed and equipment, capacity development and research into production, and access to credit. Nutrition and WASH education will ensure food-safe aquaculture.
Yaung Chi (‘radiance’ in the Myanmar language) is a three-year project to stimulate economic growth and improve health and educational outcomes through the productive use of energy. Pact will work with up to 70 unelectrified villages in Meiktila Township, Mandalay Region to promote women’s entrepreneurship through training, skills development and linkages with government and financial service providers; advance small enterprise development through standalone decentralized energy solutions; and electrify rural education and health facilities. The project will build the local governance capacity for administering loan schemes for productive use equipment and the operations and maintenance of roof-top solar projects for public facilities by community members, leading to long-term self-reliance.
Women Included: Nurturing Growth and Security (WINGS)
The WINGS project offers a comprehensive, tailored package of services targeting rural, marginalized and vulnerable women to enhance their economic security by enabling their success as employees and entrepreneurs. Working in four regions – Lviv, Kharkiv, Kyiv and Poltava – WINGS focuses primarily on rural women, who face additional barriers to fulfilling their personal and economic potential due to negative stereotypes, limited access to resources and constrained employment opportunities. The project is creating a competitive, innovative, sustainable environment for the growth of women-owned small and medium-sized enterprises and providing employment and entrepreneurship opportunities. WINGS targets women who face multi-dimensional vulnerabilities, specifically survivors of domestic and gender-based violence, women who have served prison sentences, women living with HIV, women living with disabilities, ethnic minorities, women affected by the conflict, women with partners in the military and women veterans. WINGS engages with men and community influencers to encourage shifts in the social and cultural norms that undermine women and perpetuate negative stereotypes.
This project is empowering women, girls and their families and communities by providing them with a better understanding of labor rights and improved access to labor and social protections. In partnership with Escuela Nacional Sindical (ENS), Pact works with the Colombian government, private sector and civil society organizations to reduce the vulnerability of women and girls to labor violations in the cut flower and panela sectors, and is increasing job training and economic opportunities for more than 2,000 women and girls.
The Restoring Fisheries for Sustainable Livelihoods in Lake Malawi program, or REFRESH, is conserving the freshwater biodiversity of Lake Malawi by restoring natural fisheries productivity in the lakeshore districts of Karonga, Rumphi, Likoma, Nkhata Bay, Nkhotakota, Salima, Dedza and Mangochi. REFRESH is working to ensure that targeted Lake Malawi aquatic habitats are healthy and well-managed, that endemic fish populations are self-sustaining, and that Lake Malawi fisheries are managed sustainably by 2024. REFRESH builds on communities' successes under USAID and Pact's FISH project.