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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.

November 21, 2013

SAN SALVADOR–The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) presented the results of the 2013 Municipal Competitiveness Index (MCI), reflecting improvements in the competitiveness level of 108 municipalities in El Salvador.

Over 150 university students attended a USAID-sponsored ethics forum delivered by the Chief Justice of Puerto Rico, Federico Her
November 13, 2013

SAN SALVADOR–Under the Partnership for Growth, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), through its Transparency and Governance Project, held another session of the “Ethics Culture for University Students Program”. In this occasion, Over 150 university students attended a USAID-sponsored ethics forum delivered by the Chief Justice of Puerto Rico, Federico Hernández Denton.

The USAID Improving Access to Employment Program resulted in 14,622 jobs for Salvadorans in four years.
November 7, 2013

SAN SALVADOR–The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), along with important allies in the government, private sector and NGOs, celebrated the achievements of USAID’s $7.5 million Improving Access to Employment Program that resulted in 14,622 jobs for Salvadorans in the course of four years.

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.

August 20, 2013

SAN SALVADOR–The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), under its Municipal Competitiveness Project, launched the "Business Ideas Competition," to support the development of new business ideas and expand small businesses.

The 40 business aspirants, who submitted ideas, will receive technical assistance to develop a business plan to start or expand those ideas in the market. In addition, the winners will receive a business development assessment, to link their business idea with existing financial and other development services in the area.

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