Diakonia - People change the world


In order to strengthen democracy and local development, Diakonia's partners support community based organizations allowing the population to take part in decisions regarding local development.

9/24/2013 Publisher: Reina Rivera

Degraded democracy

The Report on the State of the Region in Central America (2010) defines Honduras as a degraded democracy. In almost all indicators, such as governance, social inclusion, transparency, social participation, respect for human rights, among others, the country is badly placed and, in addition, geographically it is highly vulnerable to climate change, placing it in first place among the spanish speaking Latin American countries (Maplecroft, 2009).

Transparency, human rights and gender equality

A central issue for Diakonia's work in Honduras is the promotion of transparency and social auditing performed by citizen transparency commissions on public resources. Among our priority themes are also human rights and gender equality. Partner organizations working for gender equality mainly focus on incrementing women's participation in politics as well as in social processes, and on efforts to diminish violence against women. 

Making a difference

Through the work of our partner organizations, progress has been made in promoting conditions for greater social participation and requests for accountability to local governments in 24 municipalities. They have also addressed the situation of women and indigenous people in numerous ways, to change the discriminatory way in which these groups are looked upon in Honduras.

Women's organizations are vital

Honduras has for many years been struggling with a weak democracy, gender inequality, organized crime and social and environmental vulnerability. The women's organizations play an important role in advocacy work, demanding correct and efficient application of existing laws. 

Coup d'état in 2009

In June 2009, the democratically elected president was deposed in a civil and military coup d'état. The profound social and political crisis that characterized the Honduran society both before and after the constitutional order was interrupted, put into evidence that in spite of fulfilling minimum standards of liberal democracy, Honduras cannot be described as a real democracy. 

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