Indigenous peoples are often excluded from the assets and opportunities in their own communities that could improve their livelihoods. Our programs ensure that indigenous peoples are brought into the civic space as equals. As a result, they become powerful agents for creating solutions to address high rates of rates of poverty, malnutrition and unemployment. By building the innate problem-solving skills within these communities, we help indigenous leaders emerge to take up their rightful roles in developing solutions that are sustainable and just.

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2022 — 2024

New Partnerships in Open Government in Ecuador

Challenge   The lack of technical capacity, transparency mechanisms, and citizen participation in governance has made effective, open, and participatory governance in Ecuador difficult. The external …

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2018 — 2021

Local and Regional Food Aid Procurement Project in Senegal

CHALLENGE In Senegal, the agricultural sector employs approximately 70% of the working population, yet in 2017 its contribution to total GDP was just over 16%. …

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2018 — 2022

McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Project in Senegal

   CHALLENGE A large portion of Senegalese citizens rely on agriculture and pastoralism for their livelihood. Unfortunately, a persistent drought in 2017 severely impacted crop …

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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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Mai Munisipiu in Timor-Leste

We build the capacity of local government and legal institutions to help them better respond to citizens’ needs.

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



Working alongside local partners to address challenges and opportunities.



In more than 20 countries around the world.



By developing leaders, strengthening organizations and building networks.