With the Project for Education Quality, Good Governance and Institutional Strengthening, the Honduran Ministry of Education managed to expand school coverage in disadvantaged communities from 36 percent to 50 percent through the opening and equipping of nearly 800 preschools, as well as training of all their volunteer teachers.
With the Nutrition and Social Protection Project, the Government of Honduras helped 36,000 at-risk children avoid food insecurity and improved their social security through a pilot education program benefitting vulnerable youth.
The Safety Net Project focuses on increasing school attendance and use of preventive health services by vulnerable families through conditional cash transfers known as Bonos Vida Mejor. The project has benefitted more than 1.5 million Hondurans (about 300,000 families) living in extreme poverty.
The Project to Modernize the Water and Sanitation Sector (PROMOSAS) enabled improved water quality and access in 10 municipalities and contributed to the decentralization of the sector through the adoption of urban models of autonomous service provision.
The Government of Honduras, through the Second Project for Highway Reconstruction and Improvement, paved two key sections of the Corredor Central (El Porvenir - Marale and San Lorenzo - Olanchito, some 60 kilometers), which facilitate access of poor rural communities to large cities. With World Bank support, 16 road maintenance microenterprises were also created (which generated new jobs) to guarantee the effective maintenance of unpaved roads.
The World Bank provided technical assistance and grants to support several initiatives in Honduras to strengthen transparency, good governance and improved multi-sector interactions in key development areas, such as the Open Government Partnership (OGP), the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and the Transparency Initiative for Construction and Public Infrastructure (CoST).
The Rural Competitiveness Project seeks to increase the productivity and competitiveness of small rural producers in the country. To this end, it promotes productive partnerships between rural producers and trade partners and supports the development of business plans. To date, the project has created more than 9,000 jobs and has helped to increase productivity in sectors such as coffee production, from 11 quintals of parchment skin per square (1.75 acres) in 2012 to nearly 24 quintals in 2015.
The objectives of the Safer Municipalities Project are to improve the capacities of national and local authorities to prevent crime and violence, as well as to address the risk factors that cause them. The project also works to improve the capacity of municipalities to respond quickly and effectively to emergencies. In the cities of Choloma, La Ceiba and El Progreso, where the project is implemented, more than 1,300 people have participated in different violence prevention programs and 21 public areas have been renovated or constructed.
The Disaster Risk Management Project strengthens the capacity for the comprehensive management of disaster risks at the municipal and national government levels. It also helps to improve their capacity for rapid, effective emergency response. The project supported the implementation of disaster risk management programs in 81 of the country’s most vulnerable municipalities, benefitting approximately five million people.
Last Updated: Sep 19, 2016