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December 2016
Voices of Civil Society in Today’s Afghanistan

Throughout its 50+ year history, Counterpart has been dedicated to working with local partners to build and strengthen institutions at the local, regional, and national level. In order for this to happen, the creation of a safe space for constructive dialogue between stakeholders is vitally important. Our experience working in over 30 countries has shown […]

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November 2016
Empowered Voices Create a More Inclusive Timor Leste

Village leadership in the rugged and sparsely populated country of Timor Leste is an essential element of daily life. The difficult terrain and remote locations of rural villages – many of which don’t have vehicle access – make local leaders the main source of information about community, municipal and national development. They also play a […]

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November 2016
What the U.S. Election Means for Me and Counterpart

Ah, the American election. For those of us who work around the world for inclusion of all, especially women and minorities, we are taking stock of what we have learned from the last week, and how we can put our principles into action in the coming weeks and months. And we are taking a big […]

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November 2016
Making Climate Plans into Climate Action at COP22

COP22 continues today in Marrakech, Morocco bringing together the governments of nearly 190 countries for the next two weeks. Global leaders will deliberate on the most cutting-edge action steps needed to achieve the priorities of The Paris Agreement on climate change. Of particular importance for COP22 according to its President, Salaheddine Mezouar, is the “opportunity […]

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November 2016
Preserving Civic Space to Create a Better World

All around the world, from the Americas to Africa, we are witnessing a resurgence of silence. In spite of the tremendous human and civil rights progress in the last century – embodied by the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights –there has been an undeniable trend against civil society. Whether targeting activists, humanitarian aid […]

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September 2016
The Power of Gastronomy to Transform Social Realities

Chefs Sumito Estévez, Michelangelo Cestari, and Brian MacNair are taking an innovative approach to addressing the economic and social development issues in Latin America. Speaking at the Annual Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) Conference, in Washington, DC, they told their story of changing Latin America by using one of its best kept secrets: food! […]

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September 2016
Democracy: Voices of the People Are at the Heart of Everything

Today, the United Nations and people around the world are celebrating the International Day of Democracy. Belma Ejupovic, Counterpart’s Vice President of Programs, has spent years working for open, fair, and inclusive democratic processes. Democracy is something that Belma knows professionally and feels strongly about personally, so we asked her to share her thoughts about […]

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September 2016
View From the Tip of My Toes

Citizens of the Democratic Republic of Congo gather with local officials to listen and discuss upcoming elections, which could shape their country’s future.

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