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Contacts for Honduras

Foundation Representatives

Mary Delorey

Sarah Stewart

Program Assistant

Monica Radwan

Local Liaison

Norman Sagastume

Country Strategy

Honduras struggles with high unemployment, violence, insecurity, and multi-year droughts. These challenges contribute to high levels of U.S.-bound migration, especially among youth. Our grants in Honduras expand economic opportunity, enhance peace and security, improve democratic governance, and reduce the motivation to migrate. Our grantee partners work with underserved groups in rural and high migrant-sending communities in 17 of the country’s 18 departments. Their projects increase employment and income-generating opportunities through job training, small business development, and improved agricultural production.

We awarded our first grant in Honduras in 1972. Since then, we have provided $40 million through 208 grants to local organizations.

Projects in Honduras

ordered by most recently awarded



Gemelos de Honduras, works to strengthen, incorporate, and expand Garifuna microenterprises in the municipalities of La Ceiba and Jutiapa through technical assistance, market development, and small loans to help the Garifuna people create viable enterprises that improve their livelihoods within their communities.

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Asociación para el Manejo Integrado de las Cuencas de La Paz y Comayagua (ASOMAINCUPACO), trains community-based organizations to manage and protect the watersheds of El Jilguero Reserve in coordination with local authorities and civil society groups to promote alternatives to irregular migration by encouraging greater participation in local decision-making and environmental management that can sustain livelihoods.

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Fundación Fe y Alegría Honduras supports community organizations and bilingual school development of five Garifuna communities in the municipality of Tela, strengthening cultural, civic and educational dimensions of the communities’ experience.

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The Fundación Agencia de Desarrollo Económico Departamental de Valle (ADED VALLE) trains and provides financial capital to small businesses and farmers’ associations to improve production and insertion into value chains.

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2018 – CEM

Centro de Estudios Marinos (CEM) will work in ten fishing communities and with fishers’ associations in fisheries management in the Puerto Cortes and Omoa municipalities to strengthen their organizational capacity and to improve governance of coastal marine resources.

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2018 – CECRI

The Central de Cajas Rurales de Intibucá (CECRI) provides loans to its members and training to collectively market and sell their agricultural produce, thereby reducing economic pressure to migrate. At the IAF, we support community-led solutions to expand economic opportunity in Honduras.

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2018 – AHJASA

To increase water access and quality for rural families in Honduras, the Asociación Hondureña de Juntas Administradoras de Sistemas de Agua (AHJASA) will train and certify 100 water technicians to provide technical assistance to approximately 300 community-based water system organizations.

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Asociación Red de Desarrollo Sostenible-Honduras (RDS-HN) partners with community radios to provide educational and hands-on learning to improve the availability and use of nutritious traditional foods.

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Organismo Cristiano de Desarrollo Integral de Honduras (OCDIH) works with youth, indigenous and womens’ organizations to promote shared learning, planning and investment with key public and private decision-makers to promote economic development and build a culture of peace at the local level.

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Frequently asked questions

Who governs the IAF?2018-08-17T13:44:23-04:00

The Inter-American Foundation (IAF) is governed by a nine-person board of directors appointed by the president of the United States and confirmed by the Senate. Six members of the board are drawn from the private sector and three from the federal government. The board appoints a president who serves as the IAF’s chief executive officer.

How is the IAF funded?2018-08-17T13:44:22-04:00

Congress annually appropriates funds for use by the IAF pursuant to the Foreign Assistance Act of 1969, as amended. The IAF’s other primary funding source is the Social Progress Trust Fund administered by the Inter-American Development Bank and consisting of repayments of loans originally made by the U.S. government under the Alliance for Progress to various Latin American and Caribbean governments. The IAF accepts donations for projects in the region.

How is the IAF different?2018-08-17T13:44:21-04:00
  • A value-driven mandate allows the IAF to support programs that promote entrepreneurship, self-reliance and democratic principles as well as economic progress for the poor.
  • Responsiveness to the ideas of organized people drives IAF’s work.
  • A focus on innovation and experimentation makes the IAF a pioneer in the development assistance community.
  • A bipartisan public-private governing structure assures the IAF benefits from entrepreneurial experience and works toward the long-term national interest.
  • A lean operating structure keeps overhead to a minimum and maximizes program returns.
What is grassroots development?2018-08-17T13:44:21-04:00

The IAF uses the term “grassroots development” to describe the process by which disadvantaged people organize themselves to improve the social, cultural and economic well-being of their families, communities and societies. This concept is based on the premise that the key to sustainable democracies, equitable societies and prosperous economies is a people-oriented strategy that stresses participation, organizational development and networking.

What are IAF’s guiding principles?2018-08-17T13:44:21-04:00
  • Support people, organizations and processes.
  • Channel funds directly to nongovernmental organizations.
  • Promote entrepreneurship, innovation and self-reliance.
  • Strengthen democratic principles.
  • Empower poor people to take the initiative in solving their problems.
  • Treat partners with respect and dignity.
What has the IAF done?2018-08-17T13:44:20-04:00

The IAF has been a leader in helping grassroots initiatives gain recognition as a critical factor in the sustainable development of Latin America and the Caribbean. Since 1972, the IAF has awarded more than 5,200 grants totaling about $730 million to support more than 4,000 organizations. Many grants went to grassroots organizations such as agricultural cooperatives or small urban enterprises; others were awarded to larger intermediary organizations that provided community groups with credit, technical assistance, training and marketing assistance. The largest portion of IAF funding has been invested in enterprise development, followed by food production and agriculture, education, training, and eco-development. Together the IAF and its grantees have tested cost-effective, participatory models for social and economic development. These models have been replicated and expanded by government and larger donor agencies improving conditions for hundreds of thousands of poor families throughout the hemisphere.

What are the results of IAF funding?2018-08-17T13:44:20-04:00

Grassroots development works. It not only engages poor people in improving their conditions but also fosters responsible citizenship. To gauge the impact of its investment, the IAF systematically tracks the results of its projects by using a conceptual grassroots development framework. This measures tangible results of projects and assesses the civic capacity of individuals, organizations and communities

How can the IAF do so much with so little?2018-08-17T13:44:20-04:00
  • It knows how to select its partners. The IAF supports grassroots groups with a track record in participatory self-help activities, who are willing to invest and risk their own resources.
  • It responds to local initiatives. The IAF does not design or impose projects; instead, it builds upon the ideas and commitment of local people.
  • It encourages processes that are sustainable, either with revenue generated by grantees or with resources leveraged from private and public sectors.
  • It supports innovative approaches that are replicable, allowing the IAF to increase the impact of activities through a multiplier effect.