The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH has been working in Honduras on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) for around 50 years. In all, 23 international experts and development workers and 79 local staff are supporting this country’s development.
Honduras is one of the poorest countries in Latin America. Almost two thirds of its more than 8.5 million people live below the poverty line. Rural areas are particularly affected by extreme poverty and unemployment. There is great inequality in the distribution of income, property and land throughout the country. Very high rates of crime and violence, corruption, general legal uncertainty and clientelism – policies which favour the vested interests of specific groups – obstruct development progress.
Development challenges in Honduras include raising the level of education and increasing labour productivity, improving the efficiency and transparency of state institutions, and protecting the public from frequent natural disasters.
The main objectives of the cooperation between Honduras and Germany are poverty reduction and sustainable development. GIZ’s work focuses on two priority areas:
education (basic education and non-formal vocational education)
environmental policy, conservation and sustainable management of natural resources
In addition, GIZ provides support to Honduras through regional programmes which promote renewable energies and energy efficiency and aim to prevent youth violence in Central America.
Projects and Programmes
Governance and democracy
Environment and climate change
Economic development and employment