Since 1961, USAID has provided more than $3 billion in economic assistance to Honduras. Assistance has focused on improving the socioeconomic development of the country by promoting economic stability, rapid and sustained economic growth, and the equitable distribution of the benefits of this growth. To achieve these goals, USAID has supported Honduran efforts to:
- Strengthen citizen security
- Strengthen democratic institutions
- Diversify agricultural production
- Improve food security and sanitary conditions
- Expand exports
- Promote microenterprise
- Protect the environment
- Strengthen and expand decentralized services
- Increase access to health services
- Expand and improve the quality of elementary and vocational education
- Provide training opportunities for youth.
Significant development results have been achieved over the years through USAID's joint efforts with the Government of Honduras and its people along with the assistance of other donors. For example:
• In 1960, less than 30 percent of Hondurans had access to potable water; today, more than 87 percent of the population has access to clean drinking water.
• Illiteracy rates have dropped from 50 percent to 16percent at present.
• Wildlife protection did not exist in Honduras 25 years ago; today, 7,860 square miles are under improved management as national parks or wildlife refuges.
• Nontraditional exports have increased, providing employment to thousands of Hondurans.
Last updated: May 10, 2013