Global Platforms

Closing civic space around the world is undermining the ability of citizens to effectively advance human rights, hold their governments accountable, and serve marginalized communities. Counterpart supports organizations and people around the world in creating secure online environments for all citizens to connect, collaborate, and create a more inclusive and safe community.

Digital Security
Innovation For Change
Internet Governance and Internet Freedom

More than 300 civil society organizations assisted. More than 4,000 activists trained.

More than 3 billion people live in countries where freedom of expression, online communication and civic activism are closed or restricted. The people and organizations who advocate for an open and inclusive society in those countries are often risking their personal safety.

We work in some of the most challenging environments to provide demand-driven, customized support to civil society organizations, human rights activists and independent media to secure their digital presence. By partnering with technology experts worldwide, Counterpart has integrated advanced technical and country-specific knowledge into our global digital security work.

Services We Offer

  1. Capacity building and monitoring
    Working closely with local civil society partners who are committed and community-trusted to address their own unique capacity building needs. Solutions include one-on-one consultation and advisory services, digital security trainings, in-kind and financial grants, training and mentoring programs, and vulnerability and staff assessments.
  2. Support for marginalized communities
    We tailor solutions for the specific security risks that women and LGBTI groups encounter. Through threat profiling, baseline survey and assessments, targeted trainings, regional workshops and outreach activities, Counterpart supports marginalized communities with the resources and knowledge to reduce information security risks.
  3. Local solutions to information security threats
    Counterpart has built partnerships with some of the most cutting-edge information technology firms in the US and overseas to provide our local partners with information security tools that address their unique challenges.


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Innovation for Change logoWith widespread and worsening trends impacting civil society, innovative solutions – bred from a diversity of ideas – are needed to address these challenges. Innovation for Change (I4C) is a global network of people and organizations who want to connect, partner and learn together to defend and strengthen civic space and overcome restrictions to basic freedoms of assembly, association, and speech.

Our six connected regional hubs are growing in both physical and online spaces across:

  • Central Asia
  • East Asia
  • South Asia
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Africa
  • Middle East and North Africa

Protecting a Free and Open Internet

For more than 60 countries with shrinking civic space, the internet is the only space where civic activism, independent journalism and the free flow of ideas can occur within and across borders. Counterpart’s Internet Governance and Internet Freedom Project (IGIF) works to address policy norms which restrict space for the exercise of fundamental rights online.

IGIF builds the technical capacity of local leaders and organizations to create local solutions that will improve internet governance and freedom, initially focusing efforts in four key countries:

  1. Sri Lanka: Addressing online harassment and violence against women and girls
  2. Ukraine: Advocating for access to information and freedom of expression online
  3. Venezuela: Supporting local actors to monitor and measure internet shutdowns and to maintain space for independent journalism online
  4. Zimbabwe: Ensuring pending cybersecurity and cybercrime legislation respects fundamental rights to expression, association, and privacy


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.



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



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In more than 20 countries around the world.



By developing leaders, strengthening organizations and building networks.