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No development without security

Jürg Benz, Chief Cooperation Office Central America, in an interview with reformist police and government officials in Comayagua/Honduras

01.07.2012 - 30.04.2016

Crime and insecurity are a big challenge for development cooperation work in Central America. The situation is particularly alarming in Honduras, where the homicide rate has doubled over the past five years to 86 murders per 100,000 inhabitants – the highest homicide rate in the world. This high level of violence not only costs lives, it also undermines development. Unlike in the rest of Latin America, in Honduras efforts to reduce poverty are stalling and economic growth is low.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Human rights
Legal and judicial development
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)

01.07.2012 - 30.04.2016

CHF 7'045'000

Project completed

Promotion of financial services for low-income segments of the population

01.08.2009 - 31.07.2013

The PROMIFIN programme contributes to the development of the financial sector by addressing the specific needs of the various groups of population targeted by the SDC in terms of the quality and variety of services proposed by microfinance institutions, while pursuing the objective of institutional sustainability so as to optimise the scope of services and their range. To achieve this objective PROMIFIN cooperates closely with the public authorities, private institutions, and donor agencies.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Central America
Employment & economic development
Financial policy

01.08.2009 - 31.07.2013

CHF 5'900'000

Planned project

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights: Contribution to Country Office Honduras

01.01.2022 - 31.12.2023

The Honduran State is willing to tackle the root causes of high levels of violence and impunity. In March 2014 it has submitted a request to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to open a country office. The office will monitor and report on HR, comment on public policies and build capacity of state institutions and civil society. Higher awareness and better capacity of duty bearers and rights holders will strengthen the rule of law and reduce HR violations and impunity.

Inclusive territorial economic development in the Muskitia region

01.06.2021 - 31.12.2028

The Muskitia indigenous region requires strategic changes that favour inclusive economic development and reduce violent conflict over land use and maritime resources. For this reason the program strengthens territorial governance, improves the business climate and increases access to services. This includes supporting 8 of the 12 territorial councils in stimulating productive sector value chains such as cocoa, fish, and basic grains that generate employment and income for 10,000 families and consolidate indigenous businesses.

Territorial water governance in the Gulf of Fonseca region

01.04.2021 - 31.12.2027

The water governance system in the Gulf of Fonseca region needs significant change in order to overcome its dysfunctionality and ensure a sustainable supply of water. To this end, the program promotes coordinated management of five watersheds by the various public and private water users, addressing conflicts peacefully in a fragile context. In addition, support is provided for technical, legal and institutional solutions that also have an effect at the national level.

Strengthening Systems that Combat Corruption and Impunity in Central America

01.07.2020 - 30.04.2027

The national systems that combat corruption and impunity in Central America are weak. Led by the Organization of American States and the United Nations, mechanisms were set up in Honduras and in Guatemala to promote rule law by strengthening the cohesion and coordination within governments, the judiciary system, civil society, and anti-corruption and anti-money-laundering entities. SDC contributes to both mechanism to support the fight against organized crime and impunity, and enhancing knowledge management between the two mechanisms.

Central America: Regional Program for Environmental Governance and Resilience in the Gulf of Fonseca

01.06.2020 - 31.12.2024

The regional program fosters shared governance of natural resources to build resilience in the coastal communities of the Gulf of Fonseca. It contributes to the protection and sustainable use of the shared mangrove ecosystem of Nicaragua, Honduras and El Salvador. Switzerland sees this gulf region as a priority for its high levels of poverty and extreme vulnerability to climate change. 

Strengthening of civil-political-economic rights and social auditing.

01.05.2020 - 30.06.2027

Strengthening civil-political-economic rights, freedom of expression and social auditing is a priority to ensure the functioning of the rule of law and respect for human rights in Honduras. The role of civil society is essential in the construction of citizenship and to ensure a system of check and balance. Therefore, the program will support 6 to 8 national civil society organization with strong anchoring in the territories to promote jointly in a concerted, impartial and evidence based way these topics.

Grassroots women building resilience and peace in Central America.

01.10.2019 - 31.12.2022

The project enables two thousand grassroots women and their families to implement effective climate adaptation practices and strengthen their voice and leadership to influence related public plans and policies. The exchange of good local practices will be fostered among women in the region, thus increasing their resilience to climate change and variability.

Strengthening Governance and Human Rights in Central America

01.10.2019 - 30.09.2022

The program strengthens the capacities and the presence of the Inter-American Human Rights System in Central America in order to ensure the follow-up on court judgements and recommendations, to educate employees of the justice sector, to report on the Human Rights situation and to strengthen the protection of Human Rights defenders. The program further promotes dialogue on natural resource management among governments, the private sector, indigenous peoples, and Afro-descendants.

Planned project

Territorial Governance in the Honduran Muskitia

01.04.2019 - 31.03.2031

Switzerland contributes to the strengthening of territorial governance in the Muskitia region fostering a coordinated approach with other donors. The program supports the recognition of the rights of indigenous and afro-descendent peoples and promotes governance mechanisms that help to reduce conflicts derived from historic marginalization and lack of access to basic services implementing a “leave no one behind” approach. The program supports the interaction between local governments and territorial organizations to implement the legal framework and the Convention on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (ILO Convention 169.)

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