Diakonia - People change the world


In order to strengthen democracy and local development, Diakonia supports partner organizations that promote the population to take part in decisions about the democracy, human rights and local development.

The levels of poverty in Honduras are extremely high and almost 40 per cent of the population live in extreme poverty. Although the country has witnessed modest economic growth during the last few years, Honduras faces among the highest level of economic inequality in Latin America. Also, according to Transparency International, Honduras is the seventh most corrupt country in the Americas. In 2009 there was an overthrow of the state and since Honduras maintains an authoritarian government, with a permanent military presence on the streets involved in security tasks and participating in important national decisions. Another major challenge is the rampant crime and violence. Honduras has one of the world’s highest homicide rates.

The government promotes an agenda of “investments” based on the privatisation of public services and the sale of concessions for natural resources to extractive companies. This agenda has created conflicts and resulted in human rights violations in various communities. More than 115 environmental activists have been killed in the past five years[1] and more than 3,200 have been criminalized [2].

Protection of human rights defenders

Our partner organizations facing this difficult situation are prioritising the protection of defenders of human rights. The aim is to strengthen human rights defenders and increase the number of cases brought before international agencies such as the Inter-American Commission and Court on Human Rights. The defence of freedom of expression and natural resources also forms part of our work on human rights in the country. 

Combatting violence towards women

Diakonia also work to promote gender equality and support women’s organizations and feminist groups combatting gender based violence and femicide. Our partner organizations promote respect for sexual and reproductive rights, as well as the political and economic participation of women and LGBTI people’s rights.

Social and Economic Justice

All work is combined with support to community farmers, especially young people and women, in order to boost economic initiatives and reduce rural poverty, but with a focus on food sovereignty and resilience to climate change.

The partner organizations also carry out activities within communities to promote governmental transparency and accountability. These activities are carried out in coordination with other international development cooperation agencies operating in the country, the ACT Alliance and the European Union.


Read more about our work in Honduras

  • They raise the profile of the struggle in Honduras

    Despite a tougher climate and the fact that democratic development in Honduras and the world is moving backwards, Diakonia’s partner organization CDM continues to fight for women’s rights. “This is a lifelong...
  • Nature is our best friend

    In La Cuchilla, in the mountains of northern Honduras, a group of farmers has come together. They’ve all taken part in Diakonia partner organizations OCDIH’s and CASM’s courses in organic farming, and it’s now...
  • Micro-businesses inspire hope in the young

    Honduras is the country in the world with the highest number of murders per inhabitant. The violence particularly affects young people, as there are so few jobs and the gang culture is strong. Every year,...