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Innovation & Approach

Country-Led Strategy

Pathfinder’s mission has long relied on the local expertise of individuals in the countries where our programs operate.

Moving Power to the Countries Where Pathfinder Works 

The knowledge of the people we serve and our understanding of their local languages, cultures, and histories inform our response. From program design through implementation and institutionalization, we listen closely to our community partners and run programs that drive sustained local impact.  

Today, we are moving assertively to make sure our leadership and organizational structures reflect a country-led, community-focused model, and equity and inclusivity are at the heart of everything we do. We are bringing leadership, resources, and decision-making directly to the countries where we work. Our locally led organization is run from the countries we serve, allowing decisions to be made close to our work, and delivering optimal impact and accountability.  

Pathfinder’s Global Leadership Council

Pathfinder’s Global Leadership Council brings together senior leaders from the organization’s offices in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia with members of its existing management team to lead and make key decisions for the organization. The Global Leadership Council reflects Pathfinder’s commitment to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive governance structure, building upon the organization’s history of locally led development.

Pathfinder Presidents

Pathfinder has two Presidents, a President, Africa, and a President, South Asia, Middle East. and North Africa. Pathfinder’s Presidents are based in the regions they lead, providing close oversight of country programs, fostering important new partnerships across their regions, and developing locally relevant strategies that will allow Pathfinder to deliver on its mission and advance country-led solutions for sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Fostering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

Pathfinder’s core values compel us to act against systemic racism, discrimination, and injustice, and to examine the role of Western aid in perpetuating colonial practices through humanitarian work and global health. We are committed to ensuring DEI is foundational to both our business model and organizational values. Pathfinder’s Global DEI Council represents the geographical areas where Pathfinder currently works and ensures DEI activities are connected to Pathfinder’s mission and embedded within our policies and systems.

Countries using this approach
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Droit en Santé Sexuel et Reproductive – Ado & Jeunes

Nearly 30% of women in the DRC have experienced sexual violence. We are working to change that. Pathfinder joins local partners…

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Health Services Delivery Activity in Niger USAID Kuwala improves health, family planning, and nutrition outcomes in Niger’s Maradi, Zinder, and…

Mobilizing Maternal Health (m-mama)

Where you live shouldn’t determine whether you live or die. Pathfinder partners with the Touch Foundation and Vodafone Foundation to…

Twiteho Amagara (Let’s Take Care of Our Health)

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Strengthening Contraception & Safe Abortion Service Delivery

In Mozambique’s Maputo province this project supports public health facilities to offer a comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services, including…

Saving Mothers Giving Life (SMGL)

The Saving Mothers Giving Life (SMGL) initiative was implemented in Cross River state to improve facility services related to maternal…

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Dr. Tabinda Sarosh Named as a 2022 Heroine of Health

As daughter of two Pakistani journalists, Dr. Tabinda Sarosh was influenced by parents who dedicated their careers to human rights. At a…

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Q&A with Biniam Gebre

Biniam Gebre is Pathfinder’s first President, Africa. In this leadership role, he supports the roll out of Pathfinder’s country-led strategy, which is…

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