Nicaragua

Mundubat´s presence in Nicaragua

NicaraguaMundubat started working in Nicaragua in 1994, when it set in motion a project related to the economic strengthening of the population demobilised after the war. The Project was undertaken in the Department of Chontales, one of the regions where the impact of the armed conflict was most severe.

The activities carried out with the groups of demobilised people allowed us to define our work, and we extended it to other social sectors. Since then, our line of work has consisted in bringing about elements that enable the socioeconomic development of the most vulnerable sectors. The basic principles of Mundubat’s work are the following: the improvement of the conditions of autonomous and self-managed work; the strengthening of rural and urban organisational networks; the promotion of citizens’ participation; the defence of particularly subordinated groups in local power relations, such as women.

NicaraguaThis commitment to development has been fulfilled even in the areas struck by natural disasters, such as the region affected by Hurricane Mitch in 1998. The men and women of El Viejo and Malacatoya proved that the hurricane took away their houses, but not their dignity and their hope to build a better future.

Context of activity

NicaraguaIts huge external debt does not allow the country to develop. At the beginning of the year 2000, the debt amounted to 6,500 million dollars (three times the national GDP).

The exploitation of natural resources and the introduction of genetically modified products involves the reduction of forest resources, an excessive working of mines and the loss of agroexport resources.

The crisis of the agroexport model (for instance, the coffee crisis) provokes death by starvation in rural areas. Over one million people (24,2 % of the population) survive with less than one dollar per day.

The unequal distribution of wealth has resulted in an increase of sources of marginality, and this, in turn, is forcing more and more people to immigrate to the USA.

The privatisation of basic resources (electricity, health, water,) benefits only a few and increases inequalities.

Mundubat´s lines of work

NicaraguaSupport of the economic independence of the poorest sectors of the country. It is important to guarantee their economic sustainability: firstly, this will ensure the continuity of the transference actions to the peasants of the communities where we work, and secondly, it will reinforce their capacity to offer their services to sectors that can allow those costs.

Promotion of local markets. We strengthen institutions as executors of credit components and the transference of farming and management technologies.

Promotion of community organisation. We carry out initiatives in the areas of education and culture. We promote the development of the rural population and poor urban population, by means of strengthening their organisational and management capacities.

Improvement of citizens’ participation processes at a local level. We encourage citizens from municipalities to participate; we offer Technical Cooperation to the Town Councils, strengthening Local Powers; we promote citizens’ participation by informing them of the participation rules and possibilities established by the current system, through reinforcing their organised authorities and promoting educational and cultural initiatives.

Fight against the subordination of women in the different spheres where they participate, from the perspective of Gender in Development. We aim to turn this perspective into an institutional sign of identity. In addition, we promote positive discrimination, or at least pay particular attention to women in organisational, educational and production processes.

Counterparts

Nicaragua– Colectiva de Mujeres de Masaya: http://www.wix.com/mujer_y_salud/colectiva-de-mujeres-de-masaya

– Fundación para la Promoción y el Desarrollo Municipal. Fundación Popol Na

– Asociación de Trabajadores del Campo (ATC)

– Centro para la Promoción, la investigación, y el desarrollo rural y social (CIPRES)

– Nicaraocoop

– Asociación para la Promoción y el Desarrollo Integral Comunitario (ASPRODIC)

– Asociación para el apoyo de la nueva familia en Nicaragua (ANFAM).

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