Dear Friends and Donors,

In 2015, Counterpart International celebrated our 50th Anniversary! Within our 2015 Annual Report, we revisit our unique history and share our vision for the next 50 years with you, our friends and supporters.

Counterpart has never lost sight of what our founders, Betty Bryant Silverstein and Father Stan Hosie, believed in—that building the capacity of local leaders and organizations to meet their community challenges must be the major ingredient in any development effort.

Capacity building has always been at the core of what we do, and our work in 2015 reflects that commitment. In 2015, Counterpart provided assistance to 2,643 organizations and helped establish or support 71 social sector networks. Our 40 programs in 30 countries reached more than 800,000 people through trainings, events and technical assistance, plus an additional 200,000 people through our food distribution programs.

To help stem the tide of closing civic space, Counterpart also trained more than 10,000 people in civic engagement and government transparency.

The lives touched and improved by stronger leaders, more effective organizations and more resilient networks are what keep all of us at Counterpart focused and determined to help strengthen the social sector to improve people’s lives and build more durable futures.

In 2015, we also launched three initiatives to address the opportunities and challenges ahead. The newest institutional member of the Counterpart network, the Social Sector Accelerator, helps businesses and philanthropies to improve the results of their existing social investments by strengthening partnerships and outcomes from their work with local social sector organizations. We’ve also undertaken an innovative effort in partnership with USAID, Sida and CIVICUS to launch six regional civil society hubs around the world to better equip citizens to become solution creators in their own communities, regions and countries. And we are supporting the 193 countries signing on to Agenda 2030, focusing our efforts to drive the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) forward to success. We play a leadership role on Goals 16 and 17, and are developing solutions for 13 other SDGs across our programs.

Heading into Counterpart’s next 50 years, we have a full agenda. Our work continues to be grounded in our belief in the courage and determination of people around the world to drive their own destinies. We are pleased to be a trusted partner in building a stable and peaceful world, and welcome your support.

Joan Parker
President and CEO

Joan Parker, Counterpart President and CEO

Deborah Nolan
Board Chair

Deborah Nolan, Counterpart Board Chair


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