Where everyone owns their future

pact's 2017 annual report

A word from our leadership

Pact's Myanmar office crowns a 15-story building in Yangon's downtown. When the heat is tolerable, if you step out on the veranda to take in the view, the scale and complexity of Pact's mission - to enable people to own their future - comes into acute focus.

To the east, new office buildings and hotels compete with gilded stupas for a share of the skyline. But across the Yangon River, looking out to the west, a different view emerges.

Flood-prone plains yield to a country-side where tens of millions of Myanmar's 53 million people lack access to reliable electricity, to the healthcare system, to financial institutions or to credible governance structures. Go to any of Pact's offices - anywhere. The view will be the same.

The magnitude of poverty, disenfranchisement and economic exclusion is overwhelming. Climate change, urbanization, population movements, food, water and energy scarcity mean that we will have to rewrite the rules of international development.

For a non-profit like Pact, this doesn't change our mission. Nothing will. It's unalterable. We must, and can, help people own their future - have a voice in their community, have an opportunity to earn a dignified living, be healthy, or even turn on a light in their own home.

But the world is changing - a change that is accelerating the urgency of our mission and evolving how an INGO like Pact carries out that mission. Not just to keep doing what we do - but do it better. Do it at scale. Do more.

That is why 2017 - a year filled with experimentation, innovation and exploration - was such a seminal year for Pact's journey to transform itself to meet the challenges facing the development community.

It was a year of real and bold steps to expand our global, long-term programs designed specifically to address systemic contributors to poverty, including deepening our relations with national aid agencies. We made fundamental structural changes and investments to our organization, so we can work in true partnership with the communities we serve and to explore new ways of making impact.

We gained new partners, including many in the private sector, bolstered our innovation practice and a new business unit to foster social enterprises and impact investing. And throughout, we continued to position Pact at the forefront of a fourth sector dissolving lines among the public, private and social sectors.

Look across the Yangon River and you realize there are no bridges. No easy way to link between two worlds. Yet people find their way across - by boat or ferry - getting from where they are to where they want to go. In 2017, Pact began to span the gap between the challenges of today, and a tomorrow where everyone owns their future. The journey is by no means over, but we can already see the other bank.

about pact

A non-profit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries.

We serve communities challenged by poverty and marginalization because we envision a world where everyone owns their future.

In partnership with local organizations, businesses and governments, we build systemic solutions that create sustainable and resilient communities where people are heard, capable and vibrant.

Pact's areas of expertise include health, livelihoods and economic development, natural resource management, governance, capacity development and more.

Our integrated, adaptive approach is shaping the future of international development.

As a global community, we agree we must achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. But traditional overseas development assistance - while critically necessary - will fall short in funding the SDGs by an estimated $2.5 trillion.

To close this gap, we must explore new solutions while continuing to partner with national governments to implement development programming.

Pact is doing both.

We believe the future of international development will be based on shared prosperity; only by placing ourselves at the nexus of the social, public and private sectors will we be able to make the systemic, transformational change that is needed to give everyone an equal chance to own their future.

We are transitioning from a traditional international development NGO into a fourth-sector organization that is owned by the people we serve, with the freedom and flexibility to pursue our vision by any means necessary.


In 2017, we helped millions of people in communities around the world gain skills, knowledge and resources to own their future.

A gold miner learns to conduct her trade more safely. Full story.

A farmer becomes a leader in his community. Full story.

A mother takes charge of her health. Full story.

With confidence and acceptance, an HIV-positive man thrives. Full story.

An entrepreneur saves for her future. Full story.

A nonprofit leader expands her impact. Full story.

A soap maker steps up for her family and local forests. Full story.

A volunteer protects her community’s future. Full story.

A mother of eight launches a business of her own. Full story.

2017 highlights


Our WORTH program, which brings women together to save money, access credit and start small businesses, continued to empower members around the globe. In Nigeria, WORTH helped women afford prenatal, HIV and other health care.

In Liberia, the platform helped families find alternative livelihoods that reduced deforestation and negative impacts on biodiversity.

In Tanzania, we piloted the new MyWORTH app, which is digitizing the program and will soon replace paper ledgers and savings records for WORTH groups across the world.

Mines to Markets

Our Mines to Markets program grew in 2017, helping to improve the lives of more than 70,000 small-scale miners on three continents. Working in partnership with miners, governments and industry, M2M helps to make the artisanal mining sector safer, non-exploitative, and more sustainable, profitable and formalized.

In addition to continuing our mineral traceability work, we expanded into gold and gemstones, launched new corporate partnerships and grew our efforts to reduce child labor in the cobalt supply chain.

With the new Global Battery Alliance, we joined businesses and organizations around the world to build a responsible value chain.

Energy for Prosperity

We laid the ground work in 2017 for our newest signature program, Energy for Prosperity, which is working to increase energy access for the more than 1 billion people around the world who currently live without reliable, affordable power.

In rural Myanmar, Pact's Ahlin Yaung project has helped hundreds of thousands of people gain access to renewable energy.

Capacity Development

A long-time pioneer in the field, Pact continued its leadership in  capacity development, a critical international development discipline that involves strengthening and mentoring local groups and communities and empowering them with knowledge, skills and resources to achieve their own vision for their future. 

In 2017, more than 1,300 local organizations improved their performance through Pact's capacity development work, including  nonprofits, civil society organizations, advocacy groups and government entities at all level.

We updated our approaches and launched a new set of capacity development tools focused on systems-based change, adaptive management, sustainability and true co-creation with the communities we serve - known as  Capacity Development 2.0.

Additionally, our  Capacity Solutions Platform expanded and became self-sustaining, with new training, resources and partners.


In communities around the world, we increased HIV prevention, testing, treatment and awareness, with funding from both government and  corporate partners. Our integrated, systemic approach tackled problems that contribute to the AIDS epidemic, including poverty, stigma and marginalization.

In Ukraine, Pact successfully closed its five-year RESPOND project, which markedly improved HIV and AIDS services targeting  key populations and their partners. In Tanzania, we launched Kizazi Kipya - or New Generation - which is improving the lives of children vulnerable to HIV, including those who are hardest to reach. 

In Swaziland, we  raised male circumcision ratessupported adolescents and young women and  published AIDS-related research.

In  South Africa, we  empowered youth to prevent HIV in their communities and  built the capacity of social workers to support vulnerable children while working closely with the Department of Social Development to respond effectively to the disease.

Globally, we proudly continued to serve as a partner in the US-funded HIV project  LINKAGES.

Natural Resource Management

From Africa to Asia, Pact took on environmental challenges in partnership with local communities in 2017, building their capacity to responsibly manage their natural resources while improving their lives. 

All of our natural resource management work uses an integrated approach. Building on our Mekong Partnership for the Environment project, Pact was awarded USAID's Green Invest Asia, which is mobilizing private finance and investment for the agriculture, forestry and other land uses sector to catalyze economic growth and reduce deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions.

Through our FISH project in Malawi, we worked with communities to protect the country's four main lakes and build healthy ecosystems, resilience to climate change, biodiversity conservation and economic development. We were also proud to partner in USAID's West Africa Biodiversity and Climate Change project.

New tools and approaches

From new ways to fund our work to fresh approaches to designing and measuring the impact of our interventions, we leveraged leading-edge methodologies and models.

We strengthened our innovation practice and Pact Ventures, which is fostering social enterprises and impact investing.

We expanded our use of human-centered design and applied political economy analysis in both the design and implementation of our work.

We also bolstered our social return on investment methodology, which comprehensively captures the benefits people realize from development programming and the relative value of those outcomes.

And in Nepal, we successfully used a new model for community-led recovery after natural disasters.

Pact's Global Reach

For the eighth year, Pact gathered and reported the results of our global programming in Measuring Pact's Mission. These numbers represent the breadth of our work, which in 2017 included 84 projects in 34 countries.

We measure our results in six key areas, but because we use an integrated approach in our programming, most of our projects - 66 percent of them - spanned more than one sector.


Pact is committed to partnering with diverse people and organizations. We see it as essential to meeting our mission.

Through partnership with national aid agencies, corporations, foundations, peer organizations and alliances, we helped millions of people make transformational change in their lives last year.

We also partnered with more than 1,000 local organizations, from non-profits forging democratic reforms in Ukraine to mini-grid developers delivering renewable energy in rural Myanmar to public health agencies in Africa.

Our most important partners were the people we served, who, more and more, are leading their own development - essential for owning their future.



Leadership and board information is accurate for FY17. For the most current information, visit pactworld.org/people.


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The financial records of Pact, Inc. and affiliates are audited annually by an independent firm of certified public accountants. The financial records for 2016 were audited by RSM US LLP.

Financial reports are available at http://www.pactworld.org/annual-reports.

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