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 …
Citizens must be at the center of their communities and their countries. Our efforts in more than 20 countries around the world help equip people to take up their rightful role in civic life. In many countries this requires intentional work with both citizens and governments to help establish new ways of working together. We help communities constructively engage with government and build the capacity of civil society leaders, organizations and networks who educate citizens on how to exercise their rights. We also assist governments in implementing transparent and accountable policies and in building more effective citizen-government partnerships.
Counterpart is committed to building the capacity of civil society organizations to improve the ability of citizens to have a full and participatory role in the civic life of their country. Our work aligns with Goal 16 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals: to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
To advance Goal 16, Counterpart will continue to:
Since its founding in 1965, Counterpart has focused on gender equity and social inclusion as guiding principles. We believe the voice of every community member matters, and everyone has the right to participate in their community’s well-being. In all our programs, we bring marginalized people into civic life, supporting their ability to influence decisions that affect their lives.
Communities around the world are under enormous stress from political unrest, gang violence, competition over resources, extremist influence and the aftermath of war and ethnic conflict. With partners and leaders at the community and national level Counterpart works to promote tolerance, mitigate conflict, accelerate reconciliation and improve community resiliency.
The only way to realize the full potential of any country is to have healthy and strong citizens, starting with children. Counterpart works with local partners around the world to improve the production of and access to nutritious food for children. We support community-led and school-based efforts to reduce malnutrition, implement sustainable agricultural practices and improve food security. We work closely with communities to identify and address the full spectrum of issues affecting food security and community health. In support of UN Sustainable Development Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture, and Goal 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages, Counterpart will continue to:
The challenges facing people in many of the countries where we work are made worse by the impacts of climate change. Long-term drought keeps communities in poverty and languishing with the effects of malnutrition. Warming oceans in coastal communities reduce the livelihoods of fishermen and threaten the tourism industry with more violent storms. The management of natural resources, that all rural communities must rely on, becomes more difficult as a consequence of climate change impacts.
The World Bank has estimated that 75-80 percent of the cost of climate change damages will fall on the developing world, likely to lead to a permanent reduction in developing world GDP levels. Our work on climate resiliency is integrated in many of our health and nutrition programs, as well as our natural resource management projects. This work supports UN Sustainable Development Goal 11: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, Goal 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts and Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
We work directly with local communities to mitigate the impacts of climate change through effective natural resource management. We also develop climate resiliency strategies that involve policy, education and community interventions that can reduce the impacts of climate change while protecting the livelihoods of coastal communities. Our projects…
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.