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May 2016
Moroccan Democracy Sparked at the Local Level

Communities in Fez, Morocco, strive to have their voices heard by local authorities planning and implementing local policies and projects, and the newly elected municipal council is more than convinced of the key role that civil society can play in the decision-making process at the local level. The council’s president, Driss Azami Al-Idrissi, convened civil […]

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April 2016
Senegalese Community Begins in the Garden

Farming has long been the way of life in Senegal. Despite the harsh and arid landscape, this communal tradition has been passed down from generation to generation, and is still very much alive today. Nearly 77 percent of Senegalese are subsistence farmers. Although farming has always been a difficult practice, in recent years it has […]

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March 2016
Boosting Morocco’s Local Civil Society Participation

Following the first municipal elections under the 2011 Constitution of Morocco in September 2015, the members of the municipal governments are working to foster more inclusive and effective citizen engagement in local public affairs. Counterpart’s Civil Society Strengthening Program (CSSP) is partnering with select government municipalities to design and implement strategies to improve collaboration between […]

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March 2016
International Women’s Day 2016: Voices from Counterpart International Staff

This International Women’s Day, Counterpart celebrates advances for gender equality around the world. Our work in more than 22 countries reflects the core belief that gender equality and female empowerment are both essential to sustainable development. We address different ways in which men, women, boys and girls access information and resources in order to deliver […]

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March 2016
Five Successes We’re Celebrating on International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is a global day to celebrate achievements women have made in their communities, recognize the challenges they still face, and motivate people to make a change. This year’s theme, Planet 50-50: Step It Up for Gender Equality, highlights goal 5 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of goals […]

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Ines, a youth leader in Burundi
February 2016
Burundian Youth Leaders’ Fight for Peace: Finding Common Ground

Last week, we heard from Youth for Peacebuilding in Burundi’s Patience Kubwumuremyi about the program’s activities that are reducing unemployment and poverty. In a nation where job scarcity has left youth vulnerable to manipulation by political groups, Counterpart’s cash-for-work and vocational trainings help restore hope and safety among Burundi’s youth. And it hasn’t stopped there. […]

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February 2016
Burundian Youth Leaders’ Fight for Peace: Part 1

Imagine you’re a teenager in Burundi, a landlocked little country in Central Africa and one of the world’s poorest nations. In Burundi, more than 80 percent of citizens live in poverty, and around you, people are in trouble. Peers from your school have been swept up in the political violence that has plagued the country […]

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December 2015
COP21: “Never Give Up”

During a weekend of spring-like weather in December, I’m thinking about Christiana Figueres as she’s making her way home from COP21, the UN climate conference where the historic Paris Agreement was just achieved. Christiana has been the executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change since July 2010, a year after the convention’s […]

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December 2015
Counterpart Helps Present Climate Resiliency Plan at COP21

Tonight, leaders from more than 190 countries will be heading home from COP21, a United Nations convention on climate change. For two weeks, global leaders have discussed the world’s most cutting-edge approaches for managing global warming, including a national framework on blue carbon drafted by Counterpart International and the National Council for Climate Change and […]

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