USAID Fact Sheet: Assistance to Honduras

Situation Report
Originally published
FY 1999
FY 2000
FY 2001
FY 2002

* reflects Hurricane Mitch funds

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) program in Honduras works in these areas:

Economic Growth: Small and micro enterprises in Honduras receive USAID support for financial services and assistance in loan approval and collection procedures. Assistance also goes towards business facilitation, improving trade and investment, and identifying geographic areas with significant growth potential. USAID coordinates with the Government of Honduras to reform economic policies.

Environment and Disaster Assistance: Activities in watersheds and protected areas deal with pressing needs for water resources. USAID has funded the creation of information systems for natural resource management and trained local officials in disaster preparedness. USAID has worked with the U.S Geological Survey to develop a Geographic Information System of maps, aerial photography, river topography and hydrologic data.

Family Health: USAID helps the Honduras Ministry of Health to improve health services, especially for child survival and controlling diseases and HIV infection. Assistance to family planning programs improves reproductive services. Emergency food assistance addresses problems of malnutrition.

Education: USAID activities help to improve the quality of and expand access to basic education. USAID assists the Ministry of Education's "Education for All" (EDUCATODOS) program, which allows out-of-school youth and adults alternative forums for primary education. USAID assists in developing vocational centers and rehabilitating schools damaged by Hurricane Mitch.

Democracy: USAID efforts promote improvements, especially in municipal governments, for responding to citizen needs and providing basic services (water, sewer, refuse collection). USAID contributed to the writing of Honduras' new Criminal Procedures Code, which will make the justice system more efficient.

Hurricane Mitch Reconstruction: USAID is nearing completion of its program to assist Honduras in meeting its reconstruction needs after Hurricane Mitch. The U.S. Government approved $962.8 million in assistance for Mitch Reconstruction; of this, USAID/Honduras implemented $293.1 million. The Mitch Reconstruction activities focused on economic growth, public health, housing for dislocated families, education, environment, and disaster assistance, and accountability and governance.

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