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Afghan Disability Rights Conference: From Policy to Programming

At the 2017 Afghan Disability Rights Conference in Washington DC on May 23rd, led by the Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and co-hosted by Counterpart International, the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council, the U.S. International Council on Disabilities, and TriVision, Former Senator Tom Harkin shared a story about his brother. Frank, hearing impaired since childhood, […]

  • Afghan female journalist hosts press conference in Kabul, 2014

Freedom of the Press Empowers Civil Society

A free media is “a mirror in which the public can see itself without mascara and styling gel,” explained former Sri Lankan journalist Lasantha Wickrematunghe to the United Nations.  His quote speaks to the unique role the press plays in informing citizens of the state of their nation, the integrity of government leaders, and their […]

Civil Society for Accountable Governance & Citizen Security in Guatemala


Civil society organizations across Guatemala as well as representatives at every level of government.


We are building a more inclusive government to combat corruption and improve the safety and livelihoods of citizens.


Across Guatemala, at the national and local levels with a particular focus on Guatemala City, Mixco, Amatitlán, and Villa Nueva.


Strengthening civil society organizations to increase government accountability, transparency, and […]

Civil Society & Government Unite For a Free and Open Internet

Answering the question of how leaders and organizations around the world can ensure the internet stays free, open, and secure for everyone.
  • Mangroves in the Galapagos by Hans Johnson, Flickr

Science Matters for Sustainable Conservation

The thick and muddy roots of mangrove trees tie the Caribbean Sea to the coastline of the Dominican Republic. Serving as natural bridges between ocean, land, and air, mangroves provide tremendous benefits for humans, wildlife, and the planet. Their roots are one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems, and they provide an essential habitat for a […]

Twenty Students, Limitless Potential for Azerbaijan’s Future Leadership

Where will our successful future leaders come from? That’s a question any organization, company, and country should ask. And for Azerbaijan, the answer could be in a recent training room where 20 students from low-income families gathered to learn about leadership and personal effectiveness.

For those selected, this training was a milestone. As Ms. Aytadj Musayeva, […]

  • Members of La Colombe Blanche, an organization in Morocco

Our Commitment to Social Inclusion

In developing countries around the world, far too many people live without access to basic human rights due to simply being born with a physical or mental disability, because they are part of an indigenous minority in their country, or because they are female.

At Counterpart, we’ve spent the last 51 years refining and building on […]

Data Journalism Exposes Corruption in Guatemala

Each morning in Guatemala City, journalists wake early to conduct research, analyze public records, and speak to sources from the government and civil society. Information inundates their phone lines, social media feeds and email chains. Buried somewhere in the middle of it all is the latest scoop that will break open their next big story. […]

  • Speakers at the Effects of Corruption on Women's Participation in Government in Guatemala Forum with (background R to left) Dale Wegkamp, Counterpart's Representative in Guatemala & Thomas Delay, Director of USAID Guatemala

Women Leaders in Guatemala Speak Out

Corruption is often defined in economic terms. Stories usually focus on the financial fallout that communities face, or money stolen from public funds because of the decisions of unethical political and social actors. But corruption isn’t just about money. It has deeper effects for citizens and civil society, and women in particular.

To continue to raise […]

  • 2017 Graduates from the Afghan Emerging Civil Society Leaders class

Youth Leaders: A Story of Hope for the Future of Afghanistan

In a deep valley surrounded by the Hindu Kush mountains lies Afghanistan’s capital city, Kabul. Life in the city is still marked by the nearly forty years of war and conflict that had become synonymous with the country. However, in recent years peacebuilding and development have slowly begun taking place. At the forefront of this […]