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March 3, 2014

El Salvador is the third largest economy in Central America, and the most densely populated, with 6.2 million mainly urban inhabitants. In the years following the end of the civil war in 1992, El Salvador made significant democratic advances, including successive free and fair elections. While the democratic transition has been accompanied by significant, social and economic progress and social indicators such as infant mortality rates and literacy have improved, poverty and inequality of opportunity have increased as problems.

Meanwhile, criminal activity, particularly gang related violence, has increased dramatically. In recent years, El Salvador has had one of the highest homicide rates in the world.

The United States has an interest in a stable, prosperous El Salvador, one that shares U.S. democratic values, is a reliable partner in the fight against transnational crime, and plays an active and responsible role in international affairs.

Hundreds of youth participate in this educational program
August 29, 2013

U.S. Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte, along with Alfredo Cristiani, president of the Raíces Foundation; Ricardo Sagrera, founder and President of the ¡Supérate! Program; and Thania Segura, from Microsoft Latin America, inaugurated the seventh ¡Supérate! Center, the Raices Center in Soyapango.

50 new guidance counselors show their certificate
July 29, 2013

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), through its Improving Access to Employment Program, along with Fe y Alegria and the Salvadoran Professional Training Institute (INSAFORP) awarded certificates to 50 new guidance counselors, who were trained in the use of the specialized portal “Choosing my Future” www.elijomifuturo.com.

July 23, 2013

Through a unique U.S. government initiative to promote tax reform and sound financial management, 53 municipalities competed for grants that will be used for crime prevention activities. 

Since 1989, USAID has invested over $20 million in scholarships that have benefited more than 1,000 Salvadorans.
July 2, 2013

U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador, Mari Carmen Aponte, awarded scholarships, valued at more than $1.3 million, to 53 students, under USAID’s SEED Program.

June 5, 2013

SAN SALVADOR– USAID’s $21.4 million Justice Sector Improvement Project will provide support to the Government of El Salvador to reduce impunity and improve citizen trust in government institutions, through a more cohesive, effective, and transparent justice system.  The Justice Sector Improvement Project complements the U.S. and Salvadoran governments’ activities for crime prevention under the Partnership for Growth Joint Country Action Plan. 

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Last updated: May 07, 2014

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