Confronting an Authoritarian Internet – Voices from the Frontlines Event

  In case you missed Internews’ event, Confronting an Authoritarian Internet – Voices from the Frontlines, in Washington, DC last week, we’d like to share some of the highlights with you. Internews’ partners work in countries around the world in which state...




Created 11/12/2019

Freedom on the Net 2019: The Crisis of Social Media

Internet freedom is increasingly imperiled by the tools and tactics of digital authoritarianism, which have spread rapidly around the globe. Repressive regimes, elected incumbents with authoritarian ambitions, and unscrupulous partisan operatives have exploited the unregulated spaces of social media platforms, converting them...

Freedom House

Analysis, Blog


Created 11/12/2019

Organizational Network Analysis Handbook for Human Rights Programs and Campaigns (2019 Version)

This Organizational Network Analysis (ONA) handbook is the third module in Pact’s Network Strengthening Toolkit series, a set of educational publications that explores the theories, approaches, and step-by-step techniques for analyzing and strengthening networks. This is the updated 2019 version of the...

Ebele Achor, Global Director of Capacity Development, Pact

Analysis, How-to, Tools and Templates


Created 10/23/2019

Rights-Based Approach in Development Programming: Panel Discussion Summary

Understanding a Rights-Based Approach to Development On July 25, Pact hosted an event titled “Experiences in Rights-based Development Programming.” This session brought together more than 40 participants from a range of donor, implementer, and other organizations to explore rights-based approaches (RBAs) as...

Pact & the Human Rights Support Mechanism (HRSM)



Created 08/09/2019

USAID Anti-Corruption Program Efficacy in Sub-Saharan Africa (2018)

The purpose of this study is to analyze the effectiveness of USAID programming in meeting anti-corruption goals in sub-Saharan Africa. The research will serve as a foundation for informing future anti-corruption program design and implementation, and may lead to further analysis. The...


Evaluation Reports


Created 07/10/2019

The Better Peace Tool (Second Edition 2018)

The Better Peace Tool is an open source guide offering practical steps for the effective inclusion of women peacebuilders and gender perspectives in mediation, conflict prevention, and peacemaking. The Better Peace tool helps to make the word and spirit of the UN...

International Civil Society Action Network

How-to, Tools and Templates


Created 07/03/2019

Monitoring and Early Warning of Violent Conflict in South Sudan Report #1

Six years of conflict in South Sudan have resulted in over 380,000 deaths, 2.5 million refugees, and nearly 2 million internally displaced people. And despite the signing of a peace agreement in August of last year, episodes of violence continue to plague...

Peace Tech Lab

Analysis, Monitoring


Created 06/21/2019

Rights-based approaches: A practical how-to note on integrating principles of empowerment into almost any development activity

This guide was prepared by Pact in collaboration with USAID’s Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (DRG) under the USAID-funded, Freedom House-led Human Rights Support Mechanism (HRSM). The purpose of the guidance is to help USAID staff understand, adopt,...


Case Studies, How-to, Tools and Templates


Created 06/15/2019

Freedom and the Media 2019: A Downward Spiral

Threats to media freedom are having dangerous impacts on the state of democracy worldwide. The Freedom House report, Freedom and the Media 2019, finds that leaders intent on consolidating power are finding new ways to repress independent journalism in democracies and authoritarian...

Sarah Repucci, Senior Director for Research & Analysis, Freedom House

Analysis, Blog, Monitoring


Created 06/10/2019

The Government Performance Index

This data visualization is based on “Pact’s The Government Performance Index (GPI).”  Click here to access the full handbook.


How-to, Multimedia, Tools and Templates


Created 03/29/2019

Ukraine’s Elections Could Turn Violent—This is How to Prevent It

From September to December 2018, USIP conducted an election violence risk assessment to determine conflict dynamics ahead of Ukraine’s 2019 presidential and parliamentary elections. The full assessment report (forthcoming in February 2019) will identify conflict drivers and scenarios for violence. The assessment...

Jonas Claes & Artem Miroshnichenko, USIP



Created 02/08/2019

Freedom in the World 2018: Democracy in Crisis

"Political rights and civil liberties around the world deteriorated to their lowest point in more than a decade in 2017, extending a period characterized by emboldened autocrats, beleaguered democracies, and the United States’ withdrawal from its leadership role in the global struggle...

Michael J. Abramowitz, Freedom House

Analysis, Blog


Created 12/06/2018

Freedom House, the American Bar Association, Internews, Pact, and Search for Common Ground formed the “Protecting Global Rights through Sustainable Solutions” Consortium (PROGRESS) to implement the Human Rights Support Mechanism (HRSM). The Human Rights Hub is supported by the work of the PROGRESS consortium. With more than 150 years of collective experience successfully implementing hundreds of human rights projects in over 100 countries, the PROGRESS consortium combines deep substantive expertise with a wealth of experience in practical application. HRSM is a USAID funded, five-year leader with associates (LWA) cooperative agreement aimed at implementing USAID’s Democracy, Human Rights and Governance (DRG) Strategy, specifically objective #3: Protect and promote universally recognized human rights. This site was made possible with the generous support of the American People through USAID. The contents are the responsibility of PROGRESS and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States.