COVID-19 update

The governments of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador declared a state of emergency and LWF staff are living in strict quarantine in their houses. Planning is underway to support vulnerable communities with food, hygiene kits (and messaging), domestic violence, psychosocial support and support for getting back on track when the crisis is ending. The regional program placed special emphasis on deported migrants in the four working countries.

One of the most vulnerable regions globally

The social, economic, environmental, and political conditions in Central America make it one of the most vulnerable regions in the world.

The region has recently found both success and failure of the negotiations after the Guatemalan and Salvadorian peace agreements. In Guatemala, the promise of rural development law has gone unmet since the peace accords were signed in 1996.

In 2009, Honduras suffered a coup d’état that was internationally condemned. Historic state institutions have lost credibility and are unable to resolve poverty, exclusion, and obstacles to sound governance. Estimates indicate that 70 percent of the Honduran population is unable to earn an income necessary to meet their basic needs.

Nicaragua has seen a fragile transition to democracy that is characteristic of the whole region. However, the increase in large-scale industrial activities combined with a weak and corrupt regulatory framework has put natural resources at tremendous risk.

Across the region, common threats to vulnerable populations include limited, fragmented economic growth; forced and voluntary migration; continued violation of basic human rights; and militarization and insecurity.

What we’re doing in Central America

We are advocates on critical regional issues including human rights, food security, regional financial policy, and climate justice. The LWF supports regional disaster risk reduction initiatives by developing the capacity of our local partners.

In Guatemala, we help communities achieve food security and manage local natural resources. We promote inclusive public policies at the national and community level.

At the national level in Honduras, we work through several networks and platforms to support human rights defenders. The LWF also has environmental and food security projects in Honduras.

In Nicaragua, we focus on the priorities of food security and disaster risk management. We also work hard to change national policies and attitudes through gender equality training and the mobilization of youth.

Updated: 8.4.2020


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