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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Economic Development, Food, Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, International, International Development

Mission: Counterpart International works in partnership to empower people, communities and institutions to drive and sustain their own development.

Results: In 2011, Counterpart's efforts reached more than 3.3 million people in more than 20 countries. In most cases, it results last beyond a year and the true number of beneficiaries is considerably higher.

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2011, Counterpart benefited more than 3.3 million people in more than 20 countries.

Geographic areas served: Africa, Middle East, Central Asia, Asia, South Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Programs: Counterpart engages communities to create sustainable livelihoods, advance civil society, ensure food security, promote healthy behaviors and protect fragile coastal areas. Today, it is working in 23 countries – from Honduras to Senegal and Yemen to Afghanistan – and nearly all its staff is posted in the field.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 4

AWRC is established since 1989, and currently serves Afghan women and children in Kabul, Parwan, Kapisa, Laghman and Ningarhar Provinces of Afghanistan, and Peshawar (capital city of North West Frontier Province) Pakistan. Thousands of women and children have been benefiting from its service every year through its 4 sectors i.e. (1) Community Mobilization & Advocacy, (2) Education, (3) Community Empowerment (Agriculture & Livelihood), (4) Supporting Civil Society Organizations. AWRC contributes in building/enhancing the capabilities of 20 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and individuals in 4 provinces in eastern region through IPACS project funded by Counterpart International since 2005 through: • Conducting trainings on wide-ranging topics including but not limited to management, development, proposal writing, community participation, leadership, gender and development and advocacy • Offering consultation and technical assistance on project design, proposal writing, appreciative community appraisal, advocacy and gender mainstreaming to target Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). • Providing information and communication facilities through Resource Center • Coordinating and networking with other actors in the region.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I’m Suraya Parlika managing director of All Afghan Women Union (AAWU), a local women organization and a grantee of Counterpart International in Afghanistan. AAWU is working as Civil Society Organization (CSO) in all Afghanistan with financial and technical support of Counterpart International and other international donors. AAWU has conducted a series of capacity building training and human Rights awareness and Advocacy workshops in 6 different location of Afghanistan with fully support of Counterpart International. Training workshops on Human Rights awareness and advocacy that were held in each center helped men and women to gather and learn about the rights of women and children. Local authorities, local social activists and local community elders underwent a great deal of cooperation among each other. On the base of our assessment from local school teachers who had participated in our training workshops, it became precise that an encouraging percentage of girls who were restrained of going to school were once again allowed to rejoin local school as a result of our efforts and we can proudly say that Counterpart International made it possible.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I am Zahra hasanpur I-PACS Manager in Women Activities & Social Services Association (WASSA) in Herat Province of Afghanistan. I am leading the I-PACS Program in the 5 provinces of Western zone. Since 2005 I and My team consisting one Training Officer, One Resource Center Officer and M&E Officer received more than 20 Capacity building trainings of I-PACS Program and have been provided with necessary technical assistance in different field of organizational policy development ( Finance/ Admin and HR policy) Organizational Strategic plan and Monitoring and evaluation. We successfully delivered what we learnt to the I-PACS targeted CSOs in western zone and enabled them to write their own proposals and raise fund for their activities.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

My name is Wazhma AbulRahimzay Program Manager in women and Children Legal Research Foundation (WCLRF). I am also one of facilitators in Women's and Political youth Group Training which is recently started from 2010 by Counterpart International (Step). Since participation in women's and political action group trainings from 2009 up to date ,we gained lots of information and experience regarding political issues especially women participation in politics and their challenges, the topics and sessions have been trained and discussed were most important and useful, now as one of facilitator I have lots of resource for training which will be conduct for youth groups and as well the information I gained from the trainings also were very helpful for regularly work of my job. At the result I congratulate counterpart international (Step) for conducting such good and vital program for women and appreciate for continuing this program. regards wazhma

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I’m Arezo Qanih working as Program Manager at ECW, a local women organization and a grantee of Counterpart International in Afghanistan since 2005. ECW is working as Civil Society Support Center (CSSC) in northeast zone of Afghanistan with financial and technical support of Counterpart International since 2005. The ECW team has participated to a series of capacity building training workshops and then they were able to conduct the same capacity building training workshops to other 20 local CSOs in northeast provinces. The partnership with counterpart, supported ECW in two main areas 1] staff capacity building and 2] System development or Organizational Development. ECW developed its systems e.g. strategy paper, HR, Admin and financial policies with technical and financial support of Counterpart during their partnership. Through developing the systems ECW expanded its activities on 5 main sectors of 1] Advocayc – Rights Awareness, 2] Peace Building, 3] Capacity Building 4] Education – non-formal and civic education and 5] Vocational Section. Since then the ECW activities is also expanded to other provinces and now this organization is active in 11 provinces of Afghanistan.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

This is Hamidullah Muazam, Program Manager at ADWRO - one of the grantees of Counterpart in Afghanistan since 2005. I attended more than 20 management connected trainings, and received technical assistance in areas of expertise when Counterpart commenced its I-PACS program in Afghanistan. When I serve in an NGO to advance women's rights and empowerment, of course, the services I received made it possible to secure funds for the organization in areas of Civic Education, Legal Aid to Women (Women and Girls at Risk), Social Services including Education, Income Generation, and Supporting Civil Society Organizations through trainings and technical assistance, not only from Counterpart but from other international donors in Afghanistan as well. In addition, this program enabled us to support 16 local civil society organizations financially in terms of running Advocacy Initiatives on Domestic Violence against Women and Human Rights trainings for High School students, covering grade 10, 11 and 12. Moreover, through Counterpart Consultancy, the organization's policies and procedures revised as standardized manner.

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Client Served

Rating: 3

I am Palwasha Saboori, CEO of Afghan Women Training and Development Organization (AWTDO). hereby I want to write one experience that I had with Counterpart International, I-PACS. in Aprill 2008 I attended in a training held by Counterpart I-PACS on Proposal Writting, it was so useful for my organization staff, even for myself. I trained my staff either on how to write a proposal comcept. later on in 2009 the staff in team work wrote many Proposals to many differend donors, but one of these proposals was accepted by the Embassy of Federal Republic of Germany. the project which I designed in cooperation with my staff was to reconstruct the Khoshal Khan Kindergarten. before we implement the project, we found many problems of students that Nursery School on a survey basis. I, or my organization won the project I was so that students are benefiting from their improved learning environment in late December 2009.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a professional journalist and a women activist ,the great problem for me in afghan Media specially in televisions was that they had not any educational programs for women ,I knew that Afghan women are illiterate and they need information and awareness about their rights so I decided to produce TV programs for women empowerment ,and I prepared a proposal and request for donors .At last counterpart international accept my project and donated me on 2007 ,then on 2009 ,and I was able to produce various TV programs and broadcasted by TV channels .