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 a country plagued by one of the world’s highest homicide rates, 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 strengthened security alliances and infrastructure and provided training in the Comayaguela district markets, which are known for high levels of gang control, extortion, drug dealing and homicides. The activities improved citizens’ perceptions of security, and market leaders report decreased extortion and increased sales due to the changes.
  • Donations of forensic equipment reduced time for analysis from up to a few days to less than an hour, which contributes to more timely and credible evidence that is expected to result in more murder convictions.

  • USAID/OTI creates community networks, building links with law enforcement to transform neighborhoods. In one community, USAID/OTI supported security improvements including a new police station and streetlights, facilitated the return of services provided by public transport and the Ministry of Health to the community, and encouraged citizens to report crimes. As a result, homicides decreased substantially - from 22 in 2013, to only two in 2015; and while only 29 percent of those surveyed in 2013 thought security was improving; that number jumped to 85 percent in 2015.
  • A USAID/OTI project to increase security on violent bus routes served as a model for the Transportation Act passed into law by the Honduran Congress in March. The law requires all city and inter-city buses nationwide to be equipped with live-broadcast security cameras, a panic button and GPS unit. 
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Last updated: November 02, 2016

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