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
March 2017
Leading Women in Guatemala Speak Out: Corruption Affects Us Differently

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 […]

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A representative from COSCCET leads a voter education training
March 2017
The Value of Voting in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Counterpart’s Congo Demokrasia team has been working with local organizations to support citizen engagement in the upcoming December 2017 elections. Our team has been using a train-the-trainer model for voter educators to help make sure that all Congolese over the age of 18 know how to register […]

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March 2017
International School Meals Day 2017

‘FOOD, CULTURE & HERITAGE – food that reflects you!’ Mouhamed Bodian is a 5th grade student at Ngnith Elementary School in Senegal. His favorite subject is science and when he is not studying, he loves to play soccer and handball with his friends. Before Counterpart International came to work in his community, Mouhamed only ate […]

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2017 Graduates from the Afghan Emerging Civil Society Leaders class
March 2017
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 […]

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March 2017
Education Before Marriage – Supporting Women’s Rights in Niger

Lucie Amadou has been at Counterpart for almost a year supporting our Participatory Responsive Governance (PRG) program in Niger, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Lucie was born in Niamey, Niger and lived there until she was 13 years old, when she moved to the United States. After getting the chance to […]

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February 2017
Expanding Opportunities for People with Disabilities in Morocco

Usually an hour-long trip from Tangiers to Tetouan, located in the Rif mountain range in northern Morocco, it took almost two hours in the driving rain through narrow, winding roads. We pull into a nondescript alley and run inside, where Mohamed El Bakkali and Abdelmalik Asrih greet us with smiles and steaming pots of Moroccan […]

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February 2017
Citizen Voices Matter

This week, masses of Romanian citizens took to the streets to protest the roll-back of laws punishing corrupt politicians. As a result, the Government cancelled the planned changes. Last week, I was in Guatemala City, meeting with both government and civil society representatives working on the Open Government Partnership (known as “OGP”), an effort which […]

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Gabriela Castellanos, Executive Director of the Honduran National Anti-Corruption Council, being interviewed
February 2017
Transparent Organizations, Transparent Government

“Honduran society is tired of speeches about corruption while not one corrupt politician is paying for their actions in prison,” explained Gabriela Castellanos, the Executive Director of Consejo Nacional Anticorrupción (CNA or the Honduran National Anti-Corruption Council) in a recent interview. Founded in 2001, the CNA long had a reputation in Honduras as a powerless organization, […]

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Railako Leten community meeting
January 2017
A Community Comes Together for Clean Water

The village, or suco, of Railako Leten is in the coffee-growing heartland of the municipality of Ermera, Timor-Leste. A mountainous region, the lives of the people of Ermera revolve around the growing seasons for crops like coffee, vegetables, and spices. Railako Leten is only 45 kilometers southwest of Timor-Leste’s capital of Dili, but it takes […]

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January 2017
Voices Against Violence: The Women of Azerbaijan

“We want to help women who face domestic violence in our country to feel safe, to be able to protect themselves, feel stronger and empowered for themselves and for their children, and for that good reason provide them with necessary support and services.” – Zumrud Jalilova. For the women of Azerbaijan, the Prevention of Domestic […]

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