USAID provides training and technical assistance to civil society organizations on international standards and best practices that encourage broad Nicaraguan participation.
USAID’s municipal development program works with several community organizations to strengthen the capacity of citizens to participate more efficiently and effectively in local government decision-making and to establish public oversight of municipal planning and budgeting.
Programs also provide skills training to emerging young leaders fostering successful democratic political leadership. Since 2010, more than 1,200 Nicaraguan youth have graduated from these trainings.
Under the Central American Regional Security Initiative (CARSI), USAID provides scholarships and vocational training for at-risk youth in grades 4-6 and for high school students in five municipalities in Nicaragua’s South Atlantic Autonomous Region that are highly vulnerable to drug trafficking.
USAID also promotes evidence-based early grade reading programs, non-governmental organization capacity building and community planning activities in order to improve early grade reading outcomes and contribute to reducing citizen insecurity in five municipalities of the South Atlantic Autonomous Region.
USAID supports the increase in healthy behaviors in order to reduce HIV/AIDS transmission among most at risk populations through institutional strengthening of non-governmental organizations working on the topic, prevention services, anti-stigma and discrimination campaigns and the participation in the national response to HIV/AIDS.
Last updated: August 13, 2014