The new logo for the non-governmental organization formerly known as Partnership Africa Canada, or PAC. The organization announced last week that it has changed its name to Impact.

Ottowa, Canada--After three decades, Partnership Africa Canada has changed its name to Impact, the organization announced recently.

The move was designed to more accurately reflect its work on natural resource management in areas where security and human rights are at risk, it said.

The organization now known as Impact was established in 1986 as a Canadian civil society coalition, tasked with distributing funding from the Canadian International Development Agency to address root causes of conflict, as well as promote development in Africa.

Its role distributing funds ended in the mid-1990s, and the organization then became a global leader on research and policy related to conflict diamonds and minerals, which led to its co-nomination for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2003.

Today, Impact investigates how natural resources are managed and how systems can be improved.

It then develops and delivers innovative systems for the management of natural resources through technical assistance and capacity building based on recommendations from its research, and engages players across all sectors, including policymakers, industry and local communities.

Impact works from five offices in three countries and through partners in many more.

The name change takes effect immediately in Canada and will be rolled out across field offices in the coming months.

“We’re thrilled to be kicking off a new chapter of our work as Impact,” Executive Director Joanne Lebert said. “After our organization’s transformation over the years to a global leader on natural resources in conflict areas, we’ve now emerged with a sharper definition of who we are--and the name to match. But our commitment to partnership and collaborating with local partners for lasting change remains steadfast and is rooted throughout our work.”

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