Mekong Connections

To view the infographic, click here. Mekong Connections, a three-year program funded by the U.S. Department of State under the Mekong-U.S. Partnership (MUSP), concluded in September 2023. During the three-year run, Mekong Connections focused on governance and transparency in public decision making, along with providing financial and capacity-building resources to civil society organizations in the…

U.S.-Singapore Third Country Training Program (TCTP) (2012-Present)

The U.S.-Singapore Third Country Training Program (TCTP) is a partnership between the Singapore Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the U.S. Department of State which jointly conducts capacity building course for Southeast Asian countries, in particular those in the Mekong region. TCTP supports ASEAN community-building efforts through its workshops and training seminars in developmental focused areas.

Sister Rivers Exchange (2010-Present)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers leads the Sister Rivers Exchange program to promote the sharing of experiences between the Mississippi River Commission and the Mekong River Commission through with the aim of increasing regional stability and prosperity.

Mekong-US Partnership Track 1.5 Policy Dialogues (2021-Present)

The Partnership Policy Dialogues are a series of six multi-day conferences that will take place from 2021 – 2023 to explore solutions to key policy and sustainability challenges facing the Lower Mekong. The conferences will explore themes that include connectivity, energy and infrastructure, non-traditional security, transboundary water governance, and nature-based solutions. Tying the conference experiences together are cross-cutting values of inclusivity, resilience (including climate), and collaboration.

Japan-U.S.-Mekong Power Partnership (JUMPP) (2019-Present)

U.S. technical assistance, in coordination with Japan, supports ‎Mekong electricity regulatory and system development by working with national and regional market authorities on reliably integrating renewable energy, enhancing opportunities for regional power trade, and opportunities for private investment.

What We Do at the Sustainable Infrastructure Partnership

To mark World Water Day last year, March 22, 2022, our team in Bangkok produced a video introducing the work of the Sustainable Infrastructure Partnership. To date, there have been more than 3,500 views of the video. Enjoy this look back at the reasons why we do what we do! https://www.youtube.com/embed/j0dIGw03LRI?feature=oembed

Cooperating with the MRC on Groundwater

Countries of the Lower Mekong region are turning to groundwater resources to meet the growing needs for irrigation, industrial use and household drinking water. In the highlands, for example, groundwater resources are pumped to irrigate high-value coffee plants, while in the lowlands, groundwater provides supplementary irrigation for rice growing. Yet groundwater is “invisible” and is…

Mekong Research Symposium Shows Value of Local Partnerships

Civil society partners and local communities brought new dimensions to this year’s Mekong Research Symposium (MRS), which took place in Chiang Rai, Thailand, from 14 – 16 March. They spoke about the value of citizen engagement in deciding what data are useful and who needs the data, why local communities should be involved in collecting…

Strengthening Flood and Drought Forecasting

4,000 training hours, 111 trainees, and 19 government agencies in Lower Mekong countries. Those, in brief, were the numbers highlighted at the wrap-up event for a US-Republic of Korea (ROK) capacity-building project on 4 October 2022. The project, ‘Improved Hydrological and Hydraulic Decision Support for the Mekong Basin,’ took place over a 13-month period from…

Reporting Tour Showcases Mekong Projects

Pact's Mekong Programs staff at the Mekong Community Institute Local communities that depend on the Mekong River for fishing, farming and tourism were front and center of a reporting tour of Thailand’s resource-rich northeast, from 24-25 March. Staff from Pact’s Mekong Programs accompanied Thai journalists and US embassy officials, including some from USAID, on a…

USACE Visit Boosts Mekong-U.S. Cooperation

The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) visited several government agencies responsible for water resource management in Thailand, during a visit in December 2021 to explore possible partnership opportunities. The USACE team, accompanied by staff of the Sustainable Infrastructure Partnership (SIP), visited the Royal Irrigation Department (RID) on 15 December 2021 for discussions about areas…

Mekong Heroes: Cambodia

Ma Sokhak is a Cambodian local teacher turned river protector who came into the public eye not long ago. The story of Ma Sokhak is one in a four-episode video series which follows different individuals from the Mekong region to share how they're improving their communities. Witnessing species disappear at an alarming pace in the…
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