Citizens must be at the center of their communities and their countries. Our efforts in more than 20 countries around the world help equip people to take up their rightful role in civic life. In many countries this requires intentional work with both citizens and governments to help establish new ways of working together. We help communities constructively engage with government and build the capacity of civil society leaders, organizations and networks who educate citizens on how to exercise their rights. We also assist governments in implementing transparent and accountable policies and in building more effective citizen-government partnerships.
What We’re Doing
Counterpart is committed to building the capacity of civil society organizations to improve the ability of citizens to have a full and participatory role in the civic life of their country. Our work aligns with Goal 16 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals: to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
To advance Goal 16, Counterpart will continue to:
- build the capacity of civil society organizations (CSOs) working on behalf of human rights and inclusive civic participation.
- amplify the voices of citizens advocating for government responsiveness and policy reform
- help governments create the mechanisms to engage citizens in decision making
- strengthen civil society organizations to sustainably serve community needs
- promote partnership and mutual investment in community development among NGOs, business and government
- strengthen government and CSO capacity to collaboratively fight corruption
The only way to realize the full potential of any country is to have healthy and strong populations, starting with children. Counterpart works with local partners to identify and implement community-led solutions to malnutrition and a range of health risks. By working with local leaders to build problem solving skills that become embedded in the fabric of a community, we are moving away from what seemed inevitable, to healthy communities where the most vulnerable not only survive, but thrive.
What We’re Doing
Counterpart works with individuals, families and communities to increase the quantity, reliability, variety and nutrition of their food supply. We work closely with communities to identify and address the full spectrum of issues affecting food security and community health. In support of UN Sustainable Development Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture, and Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages, Counterpart will continue to:
- Increase the availability of nutritious food through community engagement
- Increase the stability of the food supply
- Improve farming techniques to generate more sustainable crop yields
- Increase access to health and nutrition services, especially for pregnant women and newborns.
We believe that every child deserves an education. Our programs focus particularly on girls who are often times forced into early marriages and left out of educational opportunities where they could achieve their full potential.
Low school attendance rates, lack of resources to ensure quality education, economic status that requires children to leave school and enter the workforce at an earlier age – these are just a few of the problems affecting education in communities around the world. The chance to have a quality education is life-changing for a child and as they grow up, can have cascading benefits for their community and country.
What We’re Doing
In support of UN Sustainabe Development Goal 4, Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all, and Goal 5, Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. Counterpart will continue to:
- Train leaders to take charge of education in their communities
- Promote the value of education, especially for girls
- Help governing agencies develop school feeding policies to keep children healthy and better able to learn
- Increase community involvement in children’s education and health
Countries become stronger and more stable when creating sustainable livelihoods for everyone. Counterpart works with local communities to identify critical economic assets and create new assets, through the sustainable use of natural resources and ensuring those traditionally excluded are given opportunities to develop their innate skills – leading to transformative opportunities for people and communities.
What We’re Doing
With a long history of helping communities improve their livelihoods, Counterpart’s work aligns with UN Sustainable Development Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all. We will continue to:
- Help communities manage their resources sustainably
- Identify alternative livelihoods strategies that will support economic development for local communities in the long-term
- Provide technical assistance and training for women in various enterprises
- Provide youth with skills training and cash-for-work programs to help equip them for long term employment
The challenges facing people in many of the countries where we work are made worse by the impacts of climate change. Long-term drought keeps communities in poverty and languishing with the effects of malnutrition. Warming oceans in coastal communities reduce the livelihoods of fishermen and threaten the tourism industry with more violent storms. The management of natural resources, that all rural communities must rely on, becomes more difficult as a consequence of climate change impacts.
The World Bank has estimated that 75-80 percent of the cost of climate change damages will fall on the developing world, likely to lead to a permanent reduction in developing world GDP levels. Our work on climate resiliency is integrated in many of our health and nutrition programs, as well as our natural resource management projects. This work supports UN Sustainable Development Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts and Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
What We’re Doing
We work directly with local communities to mitigate the impacts of climate change through effective natural resource management. We also develop climate resiliency strategies that involve policy, education and community interventions that can reduce the impacts of climate change while protecting the livelihoods of coastal communities. Our projects…
- Develop mitigation strategies to protect at-risk coastal communities
- Develop sustainable tourism strategies that protect coastal fisheries and other marine life
- Educate communities about the value of sustainable managing coastal resources
- Engage youth in marine sciences and coastal restoration efforts
- Restore mangroves to improve coastal resiliency and store carbon