Honduras—Local Governance Activity (HLG)

Client: U.S. Agency for International Development

Duration: 2016-2021

Region: Latin America and the Caribbean

Country: Honduras

Solutions: Governance

Despite greater economic stability since 2000, Honduras has yet to significantly improve living conditions or reduce poverty for much of its citizenry. The inability of local governments to provide effective public services to their citizens has emerged as a key barrier to tackling the inter-related challenges of sluggish economic development and a lack of trust in the democratic system. Furthermore, poor governance and poor accountability at the local level serve to exacerbate boarder issues such as the rise of organized crime and surges of migration to the United States.

In this climate, the U.S. Agency for International Development has designed the Honduras Local Governance (HLG) project to enhance public service delivery as well as increase the transparency, accountability, and responsiveness of local governments. HLG will work in 80 municipalities in six departments in western Honduras to address entrenched socioeconomic challenges related to food insecurity, climate vulnerability, gender disparity, and local governance in order to sustainably improve the lives of the Honduran people

A truly integrated program, HLG will engage multiple governance stakeholders, including municipal and state agencies, mayors, city council members, civil society organizations, and national-level institutions, to develop better service delivery policies. The program will also ensure that citizens see the tangible benefits of democratic engagement by first working to understanding the unique needs and priorities of local populations in each partner municipality, and then supporting local governments to effectively respond through targeted training and grant assistance.

Woman conducting governance workshop

Sample Activities

  • Bring together disparate local agencies responsible for health, education, and water to improve coordination of services and partner with national poverty alleviation programs where possible.
  • Improve engagement and advocacy processes to better empower and involve vulnerable populations, including women, youth, and indigenous persons.
  • Assist municipalities in creating user-friendly tools to increase transparency and accountability, such as a Citizens’ Guide to the Budget and an annual Budget in Brief.
  • Utilize community planning processes to identify priority small infrastructure projects and provide technical assistance and funding to support project construction.
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