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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
Rule of Law - Democracy - Human rights
Legal and judicial development
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)
Legal and judicial development
Human rights
Human 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
Economy and Employment
Financial inclusion (global & policy level)
Financial policy and administrative management

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

01.04.2021 - 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.

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.

Citizen Security

01.07.2018 - 30.06.2027

Citizen security in Honduras continues to be both a political and a social priority. This program strengthens the institutional capacities of justice operators such as the National Police, the Public Prosecutor, and the Judiciary, and connects the justice system with measures in the Gulf of Fonseca and Muskitia regions, through implementation of at least 6 Local and Territorial Safety Plans. This will create safer public spaces, reduce impunity and support life without fear.

Fortalecimiento para la consolidación del Teatro Memorias

01.08.2017 - 31.07.2021

El programa privilegia el fomento a la cultura a través del arte teatral de alta calidad con énfasis en la construcción y consolidación de una oferta accesible a un público diverso que facilita la reflexión sobre el contexto político, económico y social y constituye un puente para el rescate de espacios públicos, la identidad y la cohesión social. El programa fortalece y consolida la capacidad creadora e independiente del Teatro Memorias con proyección urbana y a comunidades rurales.     

Inclusive territorial economic development in region 13, Gulf of Fonseca

01.08.2017 - 31.03.2030

The program fosters public-private alliances, improves the business climate, strengthens territorial governance and production system resilience, and facilitates the stakeholders of the cashew, sustainabie ranching and ecotourism in resolving the causes of conflicts such as limited access to markets, credit, land and water in the Gulf of Fonseca region. This generates 10,000 new jobs and increases the income of 15,000 families living in the Choluteca, Goascoran and Nacoame river watersheds.

Strengthening the Systems that Combat Corruption and Impunity (MACCIH-CICIG) in Central America

01.07.2017 - 30.06.2020

Honduras and Guatemala requested the Organization of American States and the United Nations to create mechanisms to combat corruption and impunity. The Support Mission Against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras and the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala are supported by international cooperation in improving the justice system, the public prosecutor, and the anti-corruption and Human Rights protection agencies. COSUDE contributes to existing mandates and strengthens regional interchange.

Microacciones AH

01.05.2016 - 30.04.2018

Toda la régión está experimentando vulnerabilidad las que pueden causar catástrofes cuya magnitud limitada en la myoría de los casos, no justifica la activacíon de una respuesta internacional, perso todavía puede causar cictimas y daños considerables. En la misma manera los fenómenos geoffisicos como terremotos, tsunamis, erupciones volcánicas, etc., afectan la región.

A través de pegueñas contribuciones Suiza se manifiesta como un socio de confianza para el fortalecimiento de su red y al mismo tiempo aumentar su visibilidad. 

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