An active and engaged civil society is the cornerstone of sustainable development. Non-governmental organizations (“NGOs”) are essential to creating and sustaining an active citizenry and responsive government. International and regional experience with diverse cultures and issues enables EWMI to work creatively and realistically with local partnerships to build autonomous, transparent, and effective NGOs. EWMI provides technical expertise, training and grants to help NGOs identify problems, develop and implement practical solutions. EWMI’s NGO partners have actively participated in the formation of policies on a national and local level, resulting in tangible improvements in their communities.