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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.

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About the Central America Monitor Project

The Central America Monitor is a project that seeks to ensure 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 by evaluating the level of progress that these governments 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.

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 Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

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.

In the context of shifting strategies towards addressing key governance and institutional issues in Central America, the Central America Monitor is working to ensure that U.S. assistance is strategically targeted, wisely invested, and properly implemented, and that the governments of Central America are doing their part to meet key progress indicators for accountability and reform. We are doing this in two ways:

  • Monitoring U.S. assistance programs that aim to reduce violence, strengthen law enforcement and the rule of law, combat corruption, and increase accountability and transparency through analytical reports and visual and user-friendly maps and graphs that make it easy to understand where the money is going, for what kinds of programs, and whether they are having an impact.
  • Evaluating the progress that Central America is making in eight critical indicators that measure progress in security and justice reforms, improving transparency, and reducing violence through extensive data gathering, in-depth reports, and data visualizations.

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Monitoring U.S. Assistance Programs

Analyze the Data

Evaluating Progress in Central America

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Featured Analysis & Reports

Go In Depth

In Their Own Words: Central Americans Face Violence, Corruption and Impunity

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Our Partners

WOLA is working in collaboration with the following organizations in Central America:

IUDOP fundacion myrna mack IUDPAS
University Institute of Public Opinion
El Salvador
Myrna Mack Foundation
Institute on Democracy, Peace & Security