Clear Path International (CPI) is a non-governmental organization (NGO) with a proven track record of managing comprehensive, community-based Victim Assistance (VA) and capacity-building programming in conflict and post-conflict areas. Since 2000, CPI has successfully managed projects in Afghanistan, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand. Our mission statement: Restore dignity and self-sufficiency to conflict survivors. We provide innovative, high-impact programming that is scalable, replicable, measurable and cost-effective.
CPI’s work is conducted directly or in partnership with a network of local in-country implementing partners specifically selected to help CPI meet our mission. Over the years, CPI has grown to be one of the most experienced providers of comprehensive VA and capacity-building programming among conflict assistance NGOs in the world, bringing the most practical deliverables and interventions to highly vulnerable groups, particularly women, disadvantaged groups (i.e. ethnic minorities, people with disabilities) and rural communities. CPI has developed a thorough understanding of these communities, delivering highly effective, innovative and flexible programs and modalities to assist those affected by conflict.
Our mission statement: Restore dignity and self-sufficiency to conflict survivors. We provide innovative, high-impact programming that is scalable, replicable, measurable and cost-effective. As a result of these and other programming innovations, CPI operations now serve more than 100,000 beneficiaries worldwide.
CPI began by offering its services in support of internationally recognized integrated mine action objectives beginning in 2000. First headquartered in Vermont, CPI now resides in the State of Washington on Bainbridge Island. The organization continues to operate programs in six locations and is ramping up to serve Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. We are also working with leaders from around the world to determine where an agile and innovative organization like ours can best add value to the plight of those less fortunate than us.
Initiatives & Programs
Women as Agents of Change
CPI believes that women and girls are agents of social, economic, and political change.
In reducing barriers to services, promoting equal opportunities among beneficiaries, and empowering women and girls to take a greater role in the design and implementation of programs, CPI emphasizes all its program approaches as learning communities.
This means that CPI strives to be consistent with the indicators outlined in the USAID Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Policy, rigorously monitoring and evaluating disaggregated data to reveal gaps in key service provisions, working with local communities and government units to track program impact along gender lines, and utilizing diverse methodologies to greater understand women’s roles as agents of change in their communities.
Additionally, CPI also utilizes the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) Gender Marker to classify each of its projects. Of all CPI’s projects through FY13 alone, more than 75% have been assigned either a 2A or 2B Gender Marker, the highest possible outcome.
Community-Based Peace – Building
CPI has successfully leveraged its networking infrastructure to foster community-based reconciliation environments. Nowhere is this more evident in Myanmar, where CPI has successfully expanded national, state and local government, non-state actor and community relationships over the last year, including gaining support for authorization and access to implement activities in Karen State. CPI is currently in the process of obtaining an MOU with the Ministry of Rural Development.
Disabilities, Health & Wellness
CPI’s programs recognize the long-term detrimental effects of conflict in rural communities. Much of CPI’s work has specifically targeted disabled victims of war, emphasizing capacity building of local IPs providing direct medical intervention, alongside a variety of diverse, socially inclusive rehabilitation programming.
In addition to directly servicing people with disabilities (PWDs), CPI is actively pursuing programs that assist in the holistic health development of vulnerable communities:
• In conflict-affected sections of Cambodia for instance, CPI, in partnership with prominent local IP’s, is currently developing moringa family farming as a replicable, scalable livelihood initiative. Also known as the benzoil tree, moringa is widely known for its relative ease in growing, high micronutrient content, and medicinal properties. It is already grown in development contexts throughout the world and is able to combat malnutrition and, as an income-generating cash crop, provides a sustainable livelihood to female breadwinners and/or heads of household.
• To promote economic growth, food security, and community sanitation, moringa programs include the installation of appropriate infrastructural interventions, such as community water management and irrigation and drainage. Previous water resource projects implemented by CPI have successfully served over 4,000 beneficiaries.
Armament & Heritage of Conflict
CPI’s principal humanitarian efforts have been in alleviating the medical, social, and economic emergencies faced by victims of landmines, unexploded ordnance (UXO), and explosive remnants of war (ERW), including cluster munitions. It has been a partner of the United States Department of State (USDOS) Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (WRA) since 2005. Through medical intervention services, livelihood initiatives, educational outreach, and other diverse programs, CPI has improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of beneficiaries in conflict-affected communities around the world.
The key to CPI’s success includes operating in close cooperation and helping to build the capacity of local authorities and NGOs while maintaining independence and integrity, establishing and maintaining a high level of transparency in all project aspects including beneficiary participation in all programs and their development, and targeting the most vulnerable groups for project participation. To this end, CPI has worked tirelessly in developing the capacity of local and national governments to fashion and implement UXO, ERW, and mine action victim assistance and mine risk education (MRE) national standards and plans.