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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
Honduras
Rule of Law - Democracy - Human rights
Legal and judicial development
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)
GOVERNMENT AND CIVIL SOCIETY
GOVERNMENT AND CIVIL SOCIETY
GOVERNMENT AND CIVIL SOCIETY
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
Honduras
Nicaragua
Economy and Employment
Financial inclusion (global & policy level)
BANKING AND FINANCIAL SERVICES
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

01.06.2021 - 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 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

01.08.2018 - 31.07.2030

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.


Inclusive territorial economic development in region 13, Gulf of Fonseca

01.06.2018 - 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.


Planned project

Transformative Empowerment Program with a Psychosocial Focus

01.05.2018 - 30.04.2028

In Honduras, long-lasting socio-economic conflicts and endemic violence led to a culture of fear and collective trauma hindering sustainable development. Therefore, the Swiss Cooperation Office introduces the psychosocial dimension in cross-cutting manner. SDC partner organizations will integrate a psychosocial approach into their work, strengthening the linkage between individual wellbeing, sustainable development, and human rights. Furthermore, national capacities for psychosocial work in development cooperation will be strengthened.


Contribution to the country office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Honduras (OHCHR)

01.01.2018 - 31.12.2021

The OHCHR has established itself as the principal point of reference for critically positioning human rights in the public and political agenda of Honduras. It will continue to strive to provide protection of individuals and communities whose rights are at risk or denied, while also working to further develop institutions, laws and policies that effectively protect human rights. This will contribute to rule of law and providing the necessary framework for equitable and sustainable development.


ProJoven: Vocational training for young people at risk of exclusion

01.01.2018 - 31.12.2021

En la fase II, ProJoven contribuye a la inserción laboral de aproximamiento 6’000 jóvenes en riesgo del Distrito Central, de la región Golfo de Fonseca y Mosquitia/Atlántida. Esto significa un mínimo de 80% de los 7’500 jóvenes formados con un sistema de formación profesional-inserción laboral de calidad y acorde a la demanda del mercado, que alcanza sectores productivos, servicios y turismo. Además, el sistema formación-inserción laboral incorpora un enfoque psicosocial para la sostenibilidad de los resultados.


Cocoa value chain

01.01.2018 - 31.12.2022

Actors in the Central American cocoa value chain improve their productivity, establish public-private alliances, respect economic, social and cultural rights, and reduce their environmental impact. Thanks to the program 4,500 producer families will increase their net annual income by at least 10%, while 4,000 young adults and 2,000 women gain access to sustainable jobs. This will boost the local economy in the poor and peripheral areas in which cocoa is grown.  

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