Canadian international assistance in Honduras
Honduras remains one of the poorest countries in Latin America, with approximately six out of every ten Hondurans living in poverty. Half of the population of 8.6 million resides in rural areas, where most of the poverty concentrates. Honduras ranks 130 out of 188 countries on the United Nations Development Programme's 2016 human development index.
The financial crisis of 2009 slowed Honduras' commodities export-led economy, deteriorating its economic indicators and shrinking its migrant remittances. Honduras is also highly vulnerable to climate change and natural disasters.
The political upheaval generated by the political crisis in 2009 put development progress at risk. The country is starting to recover, but significant challenges remain. Women, youth and indigenous peoples remain at a disadvantage, and are the most susceptible to human rights violations and violence. There is a compelling need to strengthen the rule of law, promote and protect human rights, create decent jobs and prioritize the economic and social inclusion of vulnerable populations. Insecurity related to organised crime is a major challenge.
Our International Development Assistance
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Canada’s international development program contributes to improving the lives of the most vulnerable by working on issues related to human rights, governance and democracy as well as promoting inclusive and green economic growth. Canadian development initiatives in Honduras are aligned with the Government of Honduras’s priorities and with the Plan of the Alliance for Prosperity in the Northern Triangle.
Fostering a more inclusive and sustainable economy
Key anticipated results:
- Improved of the commercial, technical and financial practices of small businesses, including those run by or employed by women, youth or marginalized groups
- Sustainable increase in the processing and marketing of agroforestry products.
- Sustainable increase in the profitability of the productive activities of members of agroforestry associations, particularly for women and young people
Governance, pluralism, diversity, and human rights
Key anticipated results:
- Strengthened national institutions to undertake investigation and prosecution to dismantle corruption networks
- Enhanced national institutions to implement the reforms of the Honduran justice system
- Improved gender-sensitive, rights-based child protection and juvenile justice systems
- Strengthened implementation of gender-sensitive municipal child protection mechanisms and juvenile justice programs
- Strengthened protection of the sexual and reproductive rights of adolescents
- Improved coverage and quality of adolescent health services, including comprehensive sexuality education, for the prevention of adolescent pregnancies
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