people with increased net income and savings in 2020

Piloting National Action Plan Implementation in Sierra Leone

Country: Sierra Leone
Funder: GIZ

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

Country: Mauritania
Funder: European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM)

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

Country: Democratic Republic of Congo
Funder: Trafigura

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

Country: Myanmar
Funder: USAID

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

Country: Myanmar
Funder: Chevron

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)

Country: Ukraine
Funder: Global Affairs Canada

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. 

Equal Access to Quality Jobs for Women and Girls in Agriculture

Country: Colombia
Funder: U.S. Department of Labor

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.


Country: Malawi
Funder: USAID

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.

Sustainable Mine Site Validation

Country: Democratic Republic of Congo
Funder: USAID

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.

Kizazi Kipya: New Generation

Country: Tanzania
Funder: USAID

The Kizazi Kipya project, or New Generation, is working to transform the lives of vulnerable Tanzanian children and young people, particularly those affected by HIV. This five-year project builds on years of collaboration between Pact and USAID in Tanzania that already has made a significant, measurable difference for the country’s youth. Kizazi Kipya's planned outcomes include better financial resources for parents and caregivers of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), as well as improved access to health and HIV services for children and adolescents, including those who are hard to reach. The project is working across all regions of Tanzania. Partners include the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, the Aga Khan Foundation, Railway Children Africa and the Ifakara Health Institute.