Who We Work On Behalf of

Counterpart works on behalf of the social sector – individuals, organizations and networks around the world who are committed to creating social good. They are our counterparts –those striving for more open and participatory government; healthy communities, access to education, natural resource protection and climate resiliency; and improved livelihoods.

No matter what sector, or what country, we are committed to moving the marginalized to full participation in civic life. Only through inclusion will the full potential of a society be realized.


No country can fully realize its potential if women and girls are left behind. Gender equality and women’s empowerment are human rights that lie at the heart of development. Counterpart integrates gender equality in all program activities, and ensures gender equality in our hiring practices and in the selection of partners and grantees.

Our emerging leaders programs are designed to improve women’s opportunities to take on new roles in their own communities and countries. Programs include capacity building for civil society organizations serving women and girls.


The future of any country depends on the leadership qualities of those just emerging – the youth. And yet in too many areas of the world, youth struggle to have their interests heard – despite making up the majority of a country’s population. Our programs strive to put youth in the center of civic life – as full participants, equipped with the confidence, resources and capacity to be productive citizens and future leaders.


Indigenous peoples are often excluded from the assets and opportunities in their own communities that could improve their livelihoods. Our programs ensure that indigenous peoples are brought into the civic space as equals. As a result, they become powerful agents for creating solutions to address high rates of rates of poverty, malnutrition and unemployment. By building the innate problem-solving skills within these communities, we help indigenous leaders emerge to take up their rightful roles in developing solutions that are sustainable and just.


LGBT rights are a human rights issue, and critical to building inclusive, sustainable communities.
We work so that all citizens regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity are equally empowered to secure better lives for themselves, their families and their communities. We partner with organizations, leaders and communities to protect and secure the rights of LGBT individuals to have full access to community resources and opportunities.


People with disabilities must be full partners in the social and economic sectors of their countries, and yet there are often environmental and social barriers that limit equal participation in society. As a result, people with disabilities often have the highest poverty, unemployment, and illiteracy rates and the least access to services. We help improve the effectiveness of organizations – including disabled persons organizations (DPOs) and networks working to ensure that people with disabilities have access to the same services, protections, and social opportunities that all other citizens receive. We help leaders with disabilities step out of the shadows and lead.


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.