Challenge Since the end of its civil war in 1992, El Salvador has worked to establish and maintain systems that protect and promote the human …
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.
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.
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:
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.