Tracking International Anti-Crime and Violence Prevention Efforts in Central America

Tracking International Anti-Crime and Violence Prevention Efforts in Central America

The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) recently launched an interactive, publicly accessible online platform to monitor and analyze international aid to support anti-crime and violence reduction initiatives in Central America.

The Mapping of Internationally-Funded Citizen Security Projects in Central America, the first undertaking of its kind in the region, provides a tool for strengthening planning, coordination, and monitoring among governments in Central America, donor governments and agencies, multilateral institutions, and civil society organizations working to address the citizen security situation in the region.

The database identifies programs and activities being carried out on a national level in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Belize, and Panama, as well as at a regional level.  It provides detailed and up-to-date data on:

·       How much international aid for citizen security initiatives is being provided to Central America

·       What issues are receiving funding

·       Where resources are being allocated, and

·       Who are the main international donors

Data collection began in 2009 and will be updated regularly.

To date, the study has catalogued over 600 projects and activities, totaling roughly US$2 billion in contributions, from more than 30 multilateral organizations, bilateral donor agencies, and private foundations. The platform also seeks to track non-monetary South-to-South collaboration, having documented to date around 70 technical assistance activities valued at around US$40 million. 

The online platform can be accessed by visiting: www.seguridadciudadana-centroamerica.org. Please note that this resource is only available in Spanish.