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With the adoption of a new constitution in 2011, Morocco has been working to build a more transparent and inclusive government. Our Civil Society Strengthening Program increases the ability of Morocco’s civil society organizations to participate in the political process and helps encourage greater engagement between government and civil society.

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Following years of conflict, the Democratic Republic of Congo is working to build a stable, trusted and truly democratic government. Its 2011 elections were widely disputed, and with elections upcoming in 2016, there is a need for greater public awareness surrounding the voting process. Our Congo Demokrasia project builds the capacity of local organizations to provide voter education activities that teach citizens about their rights and help them to become informed, active civic participants.


Decentralization is a key priority for the Zambian government, which is challenged by corruption and poor transparency. Citizens need improved services and increased engagement with their government. Our Fostering Accountability and Transparency program supports citizens and local organizations helping them to improve government services and accountability.


While one of the region’s more stable countries, Senegal still remains a low-income, food-deficit nation with malnutrition rates as high as 26 percent in children under the age of five. Addressing education is vital to making any improvements in malnutrition rates but many children do not attend because schools are too far away or families and schools lack needed resources. Even for those that do attend, drop-out rates and illiteracy rates are very high, especially for young girls. Counterpart works to create a food secure environment for children in Senegal through its Food for Education and Yaajeende Agriculture and Nutrition Development programs.


In Niger, residents have few opportunities beyond their small family farms and are subject to the Sahel’s harsh and erratic conditions. As a result, food insecurity is a chronic problem, and a poor harvest can cause malnutrition and family displacement. The Food Aid for Disabled Children project provides meals to impoverished children with disabilities to reduce malnutrition and keep kids in school.


Chronic food insecurity and malnutrition are prevalent across Mauritania, due to frequent droughts, few natural resources and widespread deforestation, making access to affordable, abundant, nutritious supplies of food has become challenging. Counterpart works to build the capacity of community health workers and community leaders to improve nutrition, water and sanitation.


Malawi has increased its efforts to tackle some of its greatest challenges in areas including health, education and governance; however a strong civil society is still needed for policy advocacy, and to support the government’s efforts. The country has a visible and vocal civil society sector, yet this sector has struggled to gain support due to inconsistent funding. Supporting the Efforts of Partners will work to build a more capable and effective civil society to help create stronger responses to some of Malawi’s most urgent needs, including HIV/AIDS, malaria and disabilities.


While rich in natural resources, Ethiopia’s rural communities have struggled from the effects of climate change and drought. Without alternative livelihoods, many turned to environmentally destructive practices to earn incomes. Our Ethiopian Sustainable Tourism Alliance program, which ran from 2007 to 2013, helped rural communities develop a local tourism industry. The program launched 34 new businesses that used on the area’s natural beauty to attract tourists, ultimately protecting 106,000 hectares of land and bringing sustainable incomes to families. The program also responded to a need for greater HIV/AIDS awareness in these rural communities by training more than 500 citizens to conduct peer-to-peer health training, reaching 50,000 people about HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.


The government of Cameroon has announced it will prioritize the early education and health of its children, with an overarching goal of reducing hunger while improving literacy. In Cameroon, food security is low and forces many families to arrange early marriages for their daughters. As a result many children – especially girls – do not receive a complete education. Our Food for Education program in Cameroon simultaneously improves school attendance and reduces malnutrition through an innovative school feeding system that engages schools, parents and entire communities in growing and delivering healthy meals to students and their families.

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in the world, and many families have been forced to send their children to work just to earn enough to survive. Many children work long hours in dangerous environments, such as the cotton or gold mining industries. Our Reducing Child Labor through Education and Services program is tackling child labor in Burkina Faso by working with families, businesses and government to create safe, alternative livelihoods.


Turkmenistan is one of the world’s most isolated countries. Citizens have limited access to opportunities for dialogue with people beyond their borders. Students and educators in particular suffer from a lack of the training and resources needed and the government has prioritized improving education. In partnership with the International Research & Exchanges Board, we delivered our Promotion of Information and Communication Technology in Turkmenistan program from 2009 to 2013. The program supported teachers and students in improving their information and communication technology skills and classroom infrastructure.


Since Timor-Leste regained its independence in 2002, there remains a need to educate both elected officials and the public about the workings of the current government and justice systems. As a country with many isolated, rural communities, raising awareness and support for village-level governance is vital. Our Ba Distrito project works with suco (village) councils and legal institutions to improve their ability to respond to citizens’ needs quickly and fairly.


In rural Tajikistan, too few teachers and too little funding has put a strain on the education system – especially extracurricular and afterschool activities for teenagers. Many youth struggle to feel empowered or engaged in the future of their communities. Our Young Leaders Program helps youth living in rural Tajikistan better connect and drive positive change within their communities.

Sri Lanka

As Sri Lanka recovers from a 26-year-long armed conflict that ended in 2009, there is a need to help citizens adjust to the changing political climate. The newly elected president has set forth a plan to restructure the nation’s government, concluding with general elections. Through our partnership with Management Systems International, our Support for Professional and Institutional Capacity Enhancement program helps Sri Lanka’s indigenous organizations to protect and grow civic space and enable citizens – especially Muslim women – to exercise their democratic rights safely and freely.

Papua New Guinea

Women were among the most severely affected population groups during the nine-year civil war in the Bougainville region and their voices were left out of the formal peace process, despite their role in ending the conflict. The Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) passed the Bougainville National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security to address these issues and women are playing a key role as leaders in their communities, addressing issues such as women’s rights, trauma and gender-based violence. The Women’s Peace Building Initiatives Program advanced the priorities of the National Action Plan, with a focus on protection, participation and promotion.


Kazakhstan has a stable and vibrant civil society and a government that continues to make commitments toward democratic reform. While some civil society organizations (CSOs) working on social services enjoy a reasonable degree of freedoms and receive funding from the government, other CSOs that work to promote democratic reform, human rights, or good governance do not receive the same support but instead rely heavily on international donors. The Kazakhstan Civil Society Strengthening project provided organizational strengthening and stability to CSOs and worked to enhance constructive dialogues between citizens and the government.


The government of Bangladesh has committed to focusing on youth development through improved employment opportunities and skills training. In a nation where 40 percent of the population lives in poverty, such goals are crucial. Our Leadership Development Program in Bangladesh provides training to local leaders and youth to help them plan community development projects that will improve their lives and the futures of their communities.


Although Azerbaijan ratified the United Nation’s Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women treaty in 1995, the country still struggles with unequal educational and economic opportunities for women as well as high rates of domestic violence. Still, the government remains committed to the problem, and in 2006 the president established the State Committee for Family, Women and Children. Our Women’s Participation Program works with local partners including the Committee to provide women with the confidence-building and vocational training needed for them to pursue and achieve leadership positions in their families, communities, workplace and government.


The government of Armenia has recently reformed many of its main social services, including its pension system and child protective services. Our Support to Social Sector Reforms project helps the citizens and civil society organizations of Armenia to monitor and analyze these reforms and advocate for improved services. Using a “cascading” model, our program supports three key local partners who provide training, assistance and funding to a network of community-level organizations representing important issues across the social sector.


Honduras is among the most corrupt and violent countries in the world, and recent political instability has put even greater strain on nation’s civil society sector. Our Citizen Participation for Responsive Governance program fights corruption by strengthening the capacity of local organizations working to hold government accountable and increase transparency. The program also supports local leaders and youth groups fighting drug and gang violence in their communities.


Haiti has the twenty-second highest rate of HIV in the world – more than anywhere else in the Caribbean. Our Youth AIDS Awareness Project, funded by the Coca-Cola Foundation, worked from 2007 to 2009 in inner-city Port-au-Prince to reduce the transmission of HIV/AIDS among teenagers and young adults. The project brought HIV/AIDS awareness to 250,000 people through mass media campaigns and organized 152 health education events at local high schools, engaging 4,593 youth.


Forty-two percent of Guatemala’s children are malnourished, with hunger reaching 90 percent in some indigenous communities. In response, the government of Guatemala has launched its National Rural Development Integrated Policy to help rural farmers improve food security. Our Food for Progress program in Guatemala supports the government in rebuilding its National Rural Extension System, which has been suspended since the 1990s and is the country’s only program for teaching farming techniques and nutrition to rural communities.

Dominican Republic

As one of the top countries in the world most affected by climate change, the government of the Dominican Republic has committed strongly to improving coastal climate resiliency and cutting greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2030. Our Coastal Community Resiliency Program supports youth and local organizations developing community-owned strategies to protect their ecosystems. At the same time, our Fisheries and Marine Conservation in Montecristi National Park project helps communities work in partnership with the park service to promote more responsible fishing practices, enabling families to earn sustainable incomes while also conserving their natural resources.


Youth make up two-thirds of Burundi’s population. With the country’s security crisis ongoing, many youth worry their futures are threatened, making them targets for political manipulation and violence. Our Youth for Peacebuilding in Burundi program intervenes by helping youth leaders gain the skills, networks and livelihoods needed to enhance their economic well-being and reduce violence.


Amid Yemen’s current political crisis, many civil society leaders and organizations are continuing their work towards achieving a peaceful and accountable democratic government. Our Responsive Governance Project helps local organizations and citizens – especially women and youth – make their voices heard during the political transition process, including during the National Dialogue Conference.


Lebanon has faced a series of challenges to its peace and stability, from a 15-year civil war to the assassination of its Prime Minister in 2005. Lebanese civil society has been deeply affected, and while civil society is vibrant the sector has been fragmented with intense competition and little coalition-building around shared concerns. The Building Alliances for Local Advancement, Development, and Investment – Capacity Building project works to support civil society organizations across Lebanon and enhance their ability to implement grants.


While Afghanistan has seen tremendous improvements to quality of life in the last decade, significant challenges continue and too often women and youth in particular are excluded from open, meaningful civic engagement. Our Afghan Civic Engagement Program enables local organizations and citizens – especially women and youth – to make their voices heard, influencing policy and ensuring government transparency and responsiveness.


Together with our local partners, we are improving health and nutrition, expanding access to education, strengthening climate resiliency, enhancing people’s livelihoods, and ensuring communities are governed more inclusively. In each project, we track our goals, monitor the progress, and evaluate impact.



Citizens around the world who are working to improve their lives.



Working alongside local partners to address challenges and opportunities.




In more than 20 countries around the world.



By developing leaders, strengthening organizations and building networks.