WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

THE CENTRAL AMERICA MONITOR

Weak rule of law, systemic corruption, insecurity, and lack of opportunities are driving migration from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, contributing to a humanitarian crisis in these countries and the region. While there is much debate about policy proposals to address migration, there is widespread recognition that strengthening the rule of law and improving good governance and citizen security in Central America is a key part of the solution. The Central America Monitor is a project that works to ensure that U.S. assistance is strategically targeted and wisely invested, and that the governments of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras are doing their part to meet key progress indicators for accountability and reform.

We are doing this in two ways: 1) Evaluating the level of progress that the governments of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras are making in advancing justice and security reforms, tackling corruption, improving transparency and human rights protections, and reducing violence through a series of quantitative and qualitative indicators; and 2) Monitoring U.S. assistance programs that aim to reduce violence, strengthen the rule of law, combat corruption, and increase accountability and transparency.

Our goal is to provide an evidence-based instrument that can help identify the areas of progress and shortfalls of the policies and strategies being implemented on the ground in a form that is useful for policymakers, donors, academics, and the public. At the same time, we hope to provide analysis that can contribute to the evaluation of trends over time both within and between the countries of the northern region of Central America.

The Central America Monitor is a collaborative project implemented by the Myrna Mack Foundation (FMM) in Guatemala, the University Institute for Public Opinion (Iudop) of the José Simeón Cañas Central American University (UCA) of El Salvador, the University Institute on Democracy, Peace and Security (IUDPAS) of the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH), and the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) in the United States.