Unlike its neighbouring countries, Honduras was not involved in any violence process in the 1980s, and was thus completely forgotten by the international solidary movements. However, Honduras was the centre of counterinsurgency and the headquarters of the great transnational firms that exploited bananas. This brought about a great deal of violence against the movements of trade unions, peasants, feminists and students. In fact, the number of dead and disappeared during those years was considerably high; but above all, the repression had a terrible effect on the civilian society, which was left leaderless until very recently.
At the end of the 1990s, hurricane Mitch came to prove the extreme social, environmental, economic, political and organisational vulnerability of this country. It was then that international cooperation and solidarity placed Honduras in a preferential position: both civilian organisations and governmental institutions sent all kinds of programs, aid, technical and human assistance to alleviate the suffering of the country.
Mundubat started working in Honduras in 1996, in the Department of Santa Bárbara, a region bordering Guatemala. The goal was and continues to be joining forces with social agents that can respond critically to the current situation of the country. Our work focuses on two areas which are fundamental to analyse the development possibilities of the civilian society: local power and popular economies. From the very beginning we also decided to support the organisational processes of women peasants.
Big transnational enterprises are putting the small and medium-size enterprises of the country in jeopardy. Jobs are becoming more and more unstable and employees have no labour rights.
Food dependence has increased, due to structural adjustment policies which penalise subsistence agriculture and support export monocultures.
Social inequalities have increased because the government does not intervene in matters such as health, education or social services. Poverty levels are rising, and this is reflected particularly in the vulnerable situation of women.
Social rights are being increasingly violated and environmental rules breached, as they are obstacles for the level of commerce required by the international economic organisations.
We support and strengthen the organisational and negotiation capacities of rural and urban women’s groups. Since they are the most vulnerable sector of population, we give priority to women, reinforcing their organisational structures, consolidating their areas of participation and decision in the family and community circles and helping them create their own businesses.
We encourage the generation of income and savings for food sovereignty, from the improvement of the productivity conditions of families in rural areas by means of farming and marketing activities, to the reduction of intermediaries in order to access essential goods in poor city neighbourhoods.
Popular Education: By means of boards we help social groups in citizens’ participation processes within the community. The goal is to favour and facilitate the strategic view of the groups so that they can achieve their social objectives, exchange experiences and systematise them, as well as to create and promote provision methodologies.
We work with families, men’s and women’s groups to apply the institutional policies on Gender in Development. The aim is to put women on a level with men in the areas of information and decision-taking, as well as to give them access to and control of the resources, from family and community groups to local partner organisations.
Centro de Comunicación Popular de Honduras – CENCOPH
Centro de Investigación, Planeación y Evaluación – CIPE-CONSULTORES
Consultorio Jurídico Popular – CJP
Asociación de Mujeres Nueva Esperanza – AMNE
Servicio Autónomo Nacional de Agua y Acueductos – SANAA (Dpto. Choluteca, Santa Bárbara y Copán)
Secretaría de Salud, Área Metropolitana del Distrito Central de Tegucigalp
Mancomunidad de Municipios de el Sur de El Paraíso – MANSURPA
Mancomunidad de Municipios Consejo Regional Ambiental (Dpto. Santa Bárbara) – CRA
Comité Subsectorial de Salud de El Carrizal – Red Apsac (Tegucigalpa)
- CIPE Consultores
- Federación de Organizaciones para el Desarrollo de Honduras
- Desarrollo Sostenible
- Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras
- Organización Panamericana de la Salud
- Programa Regional de Reconstrucción para América Central
- Sistema de la Integración Centroamericana
- Prevención de Desastres Naturales en Centro América
- Desarrollo de Centro América
- Información sobre América Central
- América Latina en Movimiento