Regional: Central America 2020

Building and Strengthening Modern Democratic Unions in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua

Solidarity Center (SC)

$1,689,562

To assist unions in Central America to represent vulnerable workers and protect their labor rights. The center will support unions to develop and strengthen the capacity of vulnerable workers and their organizations to promote and defend freedom of association, to establish inclusive and democratic worker-led organizations, to engage in negotiations and workplace level dialogue, and to advocate for the implementation of policies and laws that represent workers’ positions and interests. 

Central America Regional Youth Entrepreneurship Program

Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE)

$650,023

To stimulate a democratic culture based on citizen engagement and entrepreneurship in Central America, the Center will develop a new regional youth entrepreneurship program.  The Center will train young entrepreneurs and strengthen the entrepreneurship ecosystem in two communities in Guatemala and one in El Salvador and establish a regional youth entrepreneurship network with a focus on the creative economy.  This project will allow Central America’s burgeoning youth population to become active citizens, engage with public officials, and contribute to the development of their communities.

Fostering a New Generation of Democratic Leaders in Central America

Foundation for Management Education in Central America

$112,570

To strengthen the leadership skills and democratic values of emerging young leaders in Central America. The organization will carry out an intensive course on strategy formulation and implementation, communications and social marketing, ethics and values, teamwork, conflict resolution skills, and coalition building. Following the course, participants will present a work plan to apply their skills to a new or existing project or organization. The organization will offer them mentoring as they implement their projects.

Fundamental Freedoms for Migrant Workers in Central America

Solidarity Center (SC)

$200,000

To promote the rights of migrant workers, the Center will strengthen the capacity of Central American unions in the agriculture sector to organize migrant workers, identify indicators of forced labor and promote migrant worker rights through collective bargaining. Lessons learned from the program in Central America will be applied in other Solidarity Center migration rights programs globally.

Human Rights Monitoring and Advocacy in Central America

Fundacion Cristosal

$120,000

To promote human rights and democratic rule of law related to security and the use of emergency powers by the Northern Triangle governments of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. The grantee will utilize media monitoring, case documentation, legal advocacy, and a strategic communications campaign to raise awareness of human rights and rule of law implications of the use of emergency powers and to litigate specific cases of abuse that arise. 

Strengthening Capacity and Demand for Improved Fiscal Policies in Central America

Instituto Centroamericano de Estudios Fiscales

$90,000

To improve capacity and demand for more sound fiscal policies in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. The grantee will provide specialized technical assistance to state authorities in each country. The organization will conduct advocacy around specific fiscal measures, laws, or other developments and raise awareness of fiscal issues among civil society and the public. It will provide capacity building and workshops for civil society actors and youth organizations in particular and continue to develop its media strategy for public awareness raising.

Strengthening Coalitions for Greater Accountability in the Northern Triangle

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)

$565,000

To strengthen democratic governance in the Northern Triangle countries, the institute will work with civil society organizations, public institutions, legislatures, political parties and the private sector in each country to develop, institute and monitor more effective public integrity mechanisms to prevent corruption and promote transparency. The institute will help partners to share lessons learned and best practices on transparency and accountability through subregional exchanges.