How We Achieve Change

Counterpart believes a community creates the most effective social, political, and economic solutions to challenges only when its citizens, organizations, and networks – regardless of their position and condition – co-create and implement solutions together.

We also believe it’s possible to accelerate this process by developing the capacities of leaders, organizations, and networks to identify challenges and implement their solutions more effectively, transparently, and inclusively.

Developing Emerging Leaders
Building Organizational Capacity
Building Networks

We believe in the right and ability of people to drive their own destinies and maintain that the best solutions come from inside a community, not from outside.

Local leadership is at the center of every solution. Equipping individuals with the confidence and skills they need to be leaders in their communities furthers local ownership of development and instills problem solving capabilities that become embedded in the fabric of a community.

We are particularly focused on developing emerging leaders from communities that have traditionally been marginalized: women, youth, indigenous peoples, members of the LGBTI community, and people with disabilities. Their talent and energy is needed if any country is to reach its full economic potential while also providing for the social good.

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Innovation for Change

Challenge Innovation for Change (I4C) was established as a response to widespread and worsening trends affecting civil society, including increasing restrictions on civic space and …

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Afghan Civic Engagement Program

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Coastal Community Resiliency in the Dominican Republic

We help youth and organizations develop community-led strategies that protect their local ecosystems.

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Congo Demokrasia in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Counterpart is supporting and strengthening civil society organizations who are working to increase voter participation and peaceful civic engagement.

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Fisheries and Marine Conservation in the Dominican Republic

High unemployment and underemployment are serious challenges in the Dominican Republic.

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Food Aid for Disabled Children in Niger

We provided meals to poor children with disabilities to reduce malnutrition and keep kids in school.

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Building the capacity of local organizations is at the core of what we do. Counterpart’s capacity building approach is state of the art and customizable to any sector, with tested and proven methodologies that improve organizational effectiveness.

For example, 56% of 123 organizations surveyed reported that after working with Counterpart they experienced increases in annual revenue, the number of funding sources, the number of services offered to beneficiaries as well as an increase in the number of beneficiaries served.

Our cascading model — where organizations are trained in our methodology and then train others in their own networks — has helped give forward the skills and knowledge that generate lasting impact. Our proudest moments are when our partners become capacity builders in their own communities.

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Innovation for Change

Challenge Innovation for Change (I4C) was established as a response to widespread and worsening trends affecting civil society, including increasing restrictions on civic space and …

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Participación Cívica in Guatemala

Government corruption in Guatemala has long been identified as a significant barrier…

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Parceria Cívica para Boa Governação in Mozambique

Following the end of its war for independence in 1975 and a subsequent civil war…

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Support for Professional and Institutional Capacity Enhancement in Sri Lanka

From 1983 to 2009, Sri Lanka was immersed in a civil war…

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Participatory Responsive Governance in Niger

Since 1991, Niger has experienced a series of political upheavals…

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Civil Society Development and Youth Participation in Sudan

As the Republic of Sudan continues on its path towards peace and reconciliation…

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As individual organizations emerge as strong agents of change in their communities, the next level of impact comes when they find each other and work together to leverage knowledge and experiences . This collaboration is the seed bed for innovation and scalable, transferable solutions.

Our most gratifying success is the development of networks that have linked communities together to carry on the valuable work we helped ignite and steward. We are committed to social sector network development to achieve the highest level of systematic change in every sector in which we work.

Related Impacts

Innovation for Change

Challenge Innovation for Change (I4C) was established as a response to widespread and worsening trends affecting civil society, including increasing restrictions on civic space and …

Read More

Afghan Civic Engagement Program

The people of Afghanistan face numerous challenges that threaten…

Read More

Coastal Community Resiliency in the Dominican Republic

We help youth and organizations develop community-led strategies that protect their local ecosystems.

Read More

Congo Demokrasia in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Counterpart is supporting and strengthening civil society organizations who are working to increase voter participation and peaceful civic engagement.

Read More

Fisheries and Marine Conservation in the Dominican Republic

High unemployment and underemployment are serious challenges in the Dominican Republic.

Read More

Food Aid for Disabled Children in Niger

We provided meals to poor children with disabilities to reduce malnutrition and keep kids in school.

Read More

OUR IMPACTS

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.

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Who

Citizens around the world who are working to improve their lives.

 

What

Working alongside local partners to address challenges and opportunities.

 

Where

In more than 20 countries around the world.

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How

By developing leaders, strengthening organizations and building networks.

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