Counterpart International is a leader in the fields of civil society strengthening, community development, violence prevention, and good governance. Our mission is to forge partnerships with local organizations to build inclusive, resilient, and sustainable communities in which people can thrive.
Counterpart brings decades of technical expertise, a global network of partners, and a fresh perspective to promoting peace and security. Our learning by doing continuum of training, technical assistance, and grants has helped us empower thousands of civil society leaders, organizations, and networks around the world.
WHAT WE’RE DOING
Community-led Resilience Programs: With technical expertise in implementing evidence-based community-led countering violence extremism (CVE) programs, we offer local CSOs community awareness training, strategic planning to develop effective prevention and intervention programs, and guidance on developing monitoring and evaluation metrics that can enhance sustainability of local programs.
Economic Development Opportunities: From post-conflict reconstruction programs to community-oriented development, our initiatives are designed to promote socio-economic stability, improve social infrastructure, and decrease the appeal of financial incentives that violent organizations may offer.
Civic Engagement and Security Governance: Counterpart develops the institutional capacity of civil society and governmental institutions to form the backbone of peaceful, stable democracies. Our civic education programs and initiatives to augment government accountability improves access and facilitates trust with the public sector, increases social responsibility, and expands service delivery. In addition, our security governance initiatives enhance rule of law and narrow the space for violent organizations to operate.
Conflict Resolution and Social Harmony: Counterpart has developed facilitation guides for people-to-people peace building and has held multi-ethnic and religious dialogues to foster social cohesion and collective action. In addition, we work with community leaders to coordinate social development programs and celebrate pluralism, and leadership training for women and youth, particularly those from marginalized communities. By focusing on inclusion, we believe we can foster social harmony and undermine divisive narratives that threaten peace and social stability.
Media & Messaging Tools to Amplify Positive Voices: Counterpart has published a Civil Society Social Media User’s Manual that has been distributed or downloaded by more than 100,000 individuals. Counterpart has also used counter messaging and behavior change communication tools and techniques in our school feeding program in Senegal, crime prevention program in Honduras, and civic advocacy program in Morocco. These tools can be leveraged by local credible influencers to counter extremist messaging that fuels radicalization to violence.
Our strategy relies on:
- Conducting field-based research to assess local drivers of conflict
- Working with local stakeholders to identify local resources available for building peace and security
- Building the capacity of civil society and government agencies to improve their service delivery
- Coordinating multi-sector collaboration — with emphasis on inclusion
- Facilitating community mobilization
- Fostering collective responsiveness
- Catalyzing positive change through social partnership and networks
- Cultivating lessons learned to train others and create a global network of change makers