Honduras

OTI, Honduras, Office of Transition Initiatives
HONDURAS, Tegucigalpa : Fans of the Motagua football club, a group notoriously infiltrated by the "maras" (juvenile gangs), head for the stadium in Tegucigalpa, on February 10, 2013.
AFP PHOTO/Orlando SIERRA

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.


 

Program Description

In July 2012, USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) launched the “Honduras Convive!” program with the goal of reducing homicides and other violent crime as part of U.S. Government support to Honduras to stem rising criminality and violence.

The objective of the “Honduras Convive!” program is to disrupt the systems, perceptions, and behaviors that support 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.

The program operates on the theory of change that communities that trust government institutions will be active partners in preventing crime and violence. The program strengthens and assists communities and government institutions, to develop a common approach to build community security, turning vicious cycles that support violence into virtuous cycles that reduce it. Minor changes in these cycles can have major consequences in weakening the systems, perceptions, and behaviors that support violent crime.

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

  • Partnerships with and capacity building of grass-roots organizations willing to take a chance on violence interruption
  • Very basic capacity building of government institutions to increase effectiveness while improving community perception of their performance
  • Activities that address community-identified needs to strengthen community cohesion and provide practical reasons for communities and local government officials  to work together
  • Analytical tools to identify, analyze, and share information about the patterns and relationships that that shape the program’s operating environment

Progress towards disrupting violence and the development of effective and appropriate models is constantly monitored through perception surveys in target communities, crime statistics (where they exist), mapping, and a feedback loop that allows OTI to learn from and build on a small activity.

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Last updated: December 04, 2014

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