Honduras

Honduras USAID/OTI
Community groups come out into the streets to represent their organizations and celebrate peace in Honduras.
Honduras Convive!

In the country with the world's highest homicide rate, OTI supports civil society engagement and the strengthening of alliances between communities and government institutions to reduce violence.


 

Why USAID/OTI is in Honduras

Honduras remains the country with the world’s highest homicide rate, despite recent reductions. The untenable situation created a political crisis in 2012 and provoked widespread demands to reduce levels of violence. This triggered a concentration of U.S. efforts to address the citizen security challenge. The high level of violence and related effects contributed to the crisis of unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border in the summer of 2014. Honduras’ geographic and cultural proximity to the United States renders its stability, security and success indispensable to U.S. interests.

USAID/OTI's Role in Honduras

USAID/OTI’s “Honduras Convive!” program supports U.S. Government efforts to reduce homicides and other violent crime. The objective of the “Honduras Convive!” program is to disrupt the systems, perceptions and behaviors that support violence.

The program operates on the theory of change that communities that trust government institutions will be active partners in preventing crime and violence. All project activities are focused on the creation of low-tech and low-cost models of violence disruption that can be implemented by the Government of Honduras

Program Highlights

USAID/OTI activities are small-scale, quick-impact, strategically targeted and based on shared priorities of program partners. Illustrative activities include:

  • Partnering with and strengthening grass-roots organizations willing to take a chance on interrupting the systems, perceptions, and behaviors that promote violent crime;
  • Providing basic capacity building of government institutions to increase effectiveness while improving community perception of their performance;
  • Addressing community-identified needs to strengthen community cohesion and provide practical reasons for communities and local government officials  to work together; and
  • Utilizing analytical tools to identify, examine and share information about the patterns and relationships that shape the program’s operating environment.

 

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Last updated: April 22, 2015

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