The United States has provided development assistance to Paraguay for over 60 years. During this period, U.S. support has concentrated on agriculture, health, education, public works, economic reform, while also strengthening democratic institutions and environmental protection.
Bilateral development assistance commenced in 1942 with assistance focused on three sectors: health, education and agriculture. Notable achievements during this period included the construction of the buildings that house the Ministry of Health, the Barrio Obrero and Juan Max Boettner hospitals and rural infrastructure works in health, education, and agriculture.
During the following years, U.S. development assistance to Paraguay was implemented through two programs: “Point Four” in the 1950s and the “Alliance for Progress” in 1961. Between 1960 and 1970, successful projects included:
Following Paraguay’s democratic elections in 1989, USAID provided support to strengthen the Electoral Tribunal, to help ensure free, fair, and transparent elections. Assistance from USAID and other donors facilitated judicial reform, leading to the replacement of the written inquisitorial system of administering justice –which dated back to the colonial era – with a modern adversarial, public, oral trial system.
Last updated: November 29, 2013