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By: Zach Center

A community based organization in Cambodia working on a planning exercise. (Credit: Pact)

Check out Part One of this blog, Approaching civil society through a lens of relevance and resilience, on the USAID Learning Lab.

The notion of civil society sustainability used by international development practitioners over-fixates on issues of civil society organizations’ (CSOs’) financial viability and fails to prepare civic actors to be able to weather rapid changes in their operating environment while still staying true to their missions.


This blog was written by a team of students attending The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University — Jacob Brunell, Julia Fonteles, Will Putzier and Nicolette Salazar — who conducted research for their annual practicum with support from Pact.

All modern healthcare services require some form of electricity to operate, from cold storage for blood banking, vaccines, and certain medications to sterilization and diagnostic equipment. Certain medical needs are particularly reliant on a stable energy supply, such as maternal and natal care, as delivery can be particularly dangerous. …


By: Becky Band Jain

Young women participating in a DREAMS activity in Zambia. (Credit: Pact)

For 50 years, Pact has been working to tackle poverty and marginalization around the world, and partners are critical to getting to this mission. We pride ourselves on ensuring that there’s a respectful, equal, mutually beneficial relationship with our partners. Whether it’s local organizations, INGOs, public or private institutions, partners are integral to our work and success and long-term gains for communities. We could not have achieved what we have in these past 50 years without all the partners that we work with.

Local partners are the experts in their own context. They understand the…


Marianna Balampama and Valentina Socias

A woman uses fuel for cooking in a rural village of Tanzania’s Songwe region. (Credit: Pact)

Despite the government’s deliberate initiatives to reach more people, Tanzania lags behind in its grid electricity connection targets. Only 24.5% of rural households in Tanzania have access to electricity. To help realize a future where all people enjoy the benefits of modern energy, Pact develops solutions and implements projects to expand access to affordable, reliable and sustainable energy and the means to use energy productively. Although we believe in a clean energy future, we approach the energy access challenge pragmatically, working with communities and the private sector to identify the most sustainable, cost-effective solutions.

In…


Female instructors demonstrate the “No!” action from the No Means No girls curriculum. (Credit: ProHealth International)

This past year during the pandemic, we have seen an increase in the needs of adolescent girls and young women (AGYW). Accessing services is harder when hospitals are overflowing and health centers don’t have supplies. Supply chains have been disrupted and there have been many shortages. While we have had to reduce or postpone group interventions, our community health workers and community volunteers are still visiting homes in cases of emergency. In the Dominican Republic, our community volunteers were getting emergency responder badges so that even during curfews, they were able to go out and conduct visits.

Another way we’re…


Hosts of Toronto TV Roman Vintoniv and Yaroslava Kravchenko filming a new episode of the show. (Credit: Toronto TV)

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 by questions and misunderstanding.

In Ukraine, Toronto TV is a lifesaving buoy that offers a unique take on civic education and a platform for citizen engagement through ‘edutainment’. The organization spotlights urgent reform issues and social-political matters important to Ukrainians, all in an easy-going and user-friendly format. They encourage citizens to actively participate in the social and political life of the country.

Despite the critical role they play for Ukrainian’s and…


Khadija Rashidi, an artisanal miner with the Tanzanian Women Miners Association.

When the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) approached Pact in 2016 about piloting a rough gemstone guide for miners, we knew immediately knew where to start — an association of women miners, the Tanzanian Women Miners Association, or TAWOMA.

Soon, all three organizations were in Tanga, a region of eastern Tanzania near the Indian Ocean that is home to rubies, sapphires, garnets, tourmaline and more. Made specifically to give basic gemological and market knowledge to artisanal miners in gem-producing regions, the gemstone guide, Selecting Gem Rough, was developed by a team of GIA gemology, market, education and design staff who…


An artisanal miner in Zimbabwe. (Credit: Pact)

By Demetrios Papathanasiou, Global Director for the Energy and Extractives Global Practice, World Bank and Kurt MacLeod, Senior Vice President, Programs, Pact

Originally posted on Thomson Reuters Foundation News

Each day an estimated 45 million artisanal and small-scale miners worldwide go to work in difficult and dangerous conditions. Working almost exclusively in the informal economy, these women, men and sometimes children, are the world’s hidden workforce, mining the minerals and metals used to produce everything from electronics to luxury jewelry.

Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) produces approximately 12–24% of the world’s cobalt used in electric vehicle batteries, 20% of the…


Hosts of Toronto TV Roman Vintoniv and Yaroslava Kravchenko filming a new episode of the show. (Credit: Toronto TV)

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 by questions and misunderstanding.

In Ukraine, Toronto TV is a lifesaving buoy that offers a unique take on civic education and a platform for citizen engagement through ‘edutainment’. The organization spotlights urgent reform issues and social-political matters important to Ukrainians, all in an easy-going and user-friendly format. They encourage citizens to actively participate in the social and political life of the country.

Despite the critical role they play for Ukrainian’s and…


By Jennifer Mulik

Female instructors demonstrate the “No!” action from the No Means No girls curriculum. (Credit: ProHealth International)

Despite the global Covid-19 pandemic, the ACHIEVE consortium has been committed to reaching our targets to control the HIV epidemic. Now in its second year, ACHIEVE — Adolescents and Children HIV Incidence Reduction, Empowerment and Virus Elimination — is a five-year global effort funded by USAID to reach and sustain HIV epidemic control among pregnant and breastfeeding women, adolescents, infants and children.

At mid-year FY21, ACHIEVE has reached nearly 60,000 OVC and caregivers and almost 40,000 adolescent girls and young women. We work in eight countries, each with their own unique contexts, across Africa and the Caribbean.

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