Counterpart International Awarded 5-Year Funding Agreement by USAID for Civil Society Strengthening Programs

Arlington, VA, June 11, 2009 --( Counterpart International (Counterpart) announced today that it received a five-year Cooperative Agreement from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to implement the “Global Civil Society Strengthening” program. The Leader with Associates (LWA) will provide technical assistance, research, services and support for civil society work in USAID and US State Department presence and non-presence countries around the world. Efforts will center on the following core areas: 1) civil society strengthening, 2) media freedom and freedom of information, and 3) development program design and learning.

“Counterpart International is tremendously proud to offer leading edge civil society development practices and implementation with our distinguished consortium of implementing partners,” said Counterpart’s president and CEO, Stephanie Meeks. “We believe that building the capacity of people and institutions is the single greatest way to achieve long-term development results.”

The LWA has a funding ceiling of approximately $200 million over the life of the project for Counterpart and its Consortium associates to implement a wide range of civil society, media development and program design and learning activities for USAID Missions around the world. In addition, Counterpart will be responsible for research and evaluation activities that will augment USAID’s global capacity for effective civil society strengthening.

“This LWA is a wonderful opportunity for Counterpart and our associates to extend what we have learned from decades of experience in civil society and media strengthening into new cultures and geographies around the world,” said Counterpart’s senior vice president, Arlene Lear.

Counterpart’s world-class consortium associates include: the International Research & Exchanges Board; Management Systems International; the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative; Casals and Associates, Inc.; Development and Training Services; Freedom House; the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law; the International Foundation for Electoral Systems; and the International Labor Rights Forum. In addition, its resource partners are: American University’s Center for Global Peace; the Carter Center; the International Youth Foundation; the Wilson Center; and Youthbuild International.

Established in 1965, Counterpart International (Counterpart) has forged strategic partnerships in more than 65 countries. With 350 staff currently operating in 25countries, Counterpart’s programs encompass humanitarian aid and relief assistance, health care, democracy and governance, natural resource management and feeding the impoverished. Though Counterpart’s projects are diverse, they share a common objective: improving the lives of those in need by empowering people and local institutions to develop innovative, holistic, and lasting solutions that address social, economic and environmental challenges. Learn more at

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