FDHAS - Strengthening Social Audits and Economic, Political and Civil Rights
The program contributes to the functioning of the Rule of Law by strengthening five civil society organizations and the United Nations Development Program that jointly fortify the social movements and organizations in the regions of the Gulf of Fonseca and the Muskitia, carrying out actions in favor of human rights, transparency and the fight against corruption, diminishing the high levels of polarization in the society.
Employment & economic development
Conflict & fragility
Tradepolicy & market system
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)
Democratic participation and civil society
- Foreign private sector South/East
|Background||Honduras is a country with high rates of poverty, violence, social conflict and fragility in its governance and justice system, aggravated by the presence of organized crime, narcotics trafficking, and corruption. The human rights situation has been aggravated by the government’s adoption of a more repressive policy in the face of opposition and public protest, reducing the operating space for civil society. Human rights defenders live in extreme risk due to the constant violence, stigmatization and criminalization to which they are exposed in the face of the installation of extractive industry, and this has also generated social conflict and division in the communities in the affected territories.|
|Objectives||To contribute to strengthening the Rule of Law in Honduras, with emphasis on fulfilment of rights to natural resources and/or freedom of expression, access to justice, and more transparent and participatory public institutions.|
1. Organizations and social movements: human rights, transparency, social auditing, and anticorruption
2. Defenders of human rights, territory, and the environment
3. Indigenous and Afro-descendent peoples
4. National and territorial social movements
5. Community organizations: Citizens Transparency Commission, water boards, traditional men’s organisations, networks and associations of women and youth, churches
6. State institutions: Human Rights Secretariat (HRS), Directorate of Protection of Human Rights Defenders; Attorney General, National Human Rights Commission; National Assembly; local governments.
7. Private enterprise: Honduran Council of Private Enterprise (COHEP), National Association of Industry (ANDI) and the National Federation of Cocoa Producers (FENAPROCACAHO).
Outcome 1: Defence organizations, social movements, grassroots organizations, and social communicators, acting together, lead lobbying processes, contributing to State recognition of the defence of human rights, the right to natural resources, justice and freedom of expression.
Outcome 2: Civil society organizations and social movements exercise social control of public and private institutions, working together and lobbying to improve transparency, accountability, fiscal justice and the fight against corruption in favour of human rights.
- The partner organizations in the program have exerted national and international pressure in favour of human rights
- Human rights defenders and journalists are accompanied in the face of risks and criminalization for their work.
- Spaces consolidated for dialogue about budget transparency, investment quality, and public expenditures.
- Organizations and social movements have linked human rights work with transparency and the struggle against corruption.
- Organizations and social movements have audited the role of the State and the application of the principle of due diligence by the private sector.
Results from previous phases:
- Coordination, interaction and complementarity of partners from a human rights perspective;
- National and international pressure to change the human rights situation in the country;
- Placing social auditing, citizen participation, and transparency as counterweights to authoritarian public management;
- Empowerment of social movements for the protection and defence of rights and social control over the State’s behaviour.
|Directorate/federal office responsible||
International or foreign NGO
- Association of Judges for Democracy (AJD)
- Committee for Free Expression (C-Libre)
- Social Forum on External Debt and
- Development of Honduras (FOSDEH)
- Christian Body for the Integral Development of Honduras (OCDIH)
- International Platform against Impunity (PI)
- United Nations Development Program (UNDP)
|Coordination with other projects and actors||
- Citizen Security Program
- Transformative Empowerment Program with a Psychosocial Approach (EmPoderaT)
- Employment and Income Improvement Program for Cocoa Producing Families (PROCACAHO) - Inclusive Economic Development Program, Region 13, Gulf of Fonseca (DEIT R13GF)
- Inclusive Economic Development Program, Region 10, Muskitia (DEIT R10)
- Territorial Water Management Program
- Southern Network of Defence Lawyers
- Coalition against Impunity (CCI)
- European Union PRODERECHOS Program
- Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OACNUDH)
- Interamerican System for Human Rights; CEJIL
|Budget||Current phase Swiss budget CHF 3’650’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF 2’970’267|
|Project phases||Phase 2 01.05.2020 - 30.04.2024 (Current phase) Phase 1 01.07.2015 - 30.08.2020 (Completed)|