Through its Public Private Alliance Program, USAID seeks to partner with the private sector to jointly design, fund, and implement alliances aimed at improving social and economic conditions in El Salvador. This innovative approach to development assistance mobilizes ideas, efforts, and resources of government, businesses, and civil society to stimulate economic growth, develop business and workforces, address health and environment issues, and expand access to education and technology.

USAID provides El Salvador with technical assistance to strengthen the justice system and to improve criminal procedures and investigation. USAID also provides support to develop anti-corruption reforms and public-private partnerships to address crime and violence prevention. Ethics and anti-corruption programs promote greater transparency, accountability, and more responsive government. USAID interventions help professionalize the country's civil service and enhance the public's confidence in government.

USAID has a robust history of involvement in disaster relief in El Salvador. Over the last 30 years, USAID has provided approximately $400 million to rehabilitate and rebuild key infrastructure damaged by natural disasters.

Over the past decade, El Salvador has experienced low economic growth relative to other countries in the region.  

Aligned with the Alliance for Prosperity Plan and the USAID Global Education Strategy, USAID education projects help increase access to quality, relevant education for children and youth in high-crime communities to provide alternatives to crime and violence and gang involvement and to expand economic opportunities.  Activities particularly focus on the education needs at the lower secondary level, grades seven to nine, when children are prone to drop-out, by supporting the expansion of the Salvadoran Ministry of Education’s Full-Time Inclusive School model, which uses child-centered interactive teaching methodologies and extends the school day with tutoring, and extracurricular activities such as sports, music, art and computer training.  The USAID program also helps out-of-school youth return to formal classes or earn an equivalent diploma. Several USAID projects provide technical and vocational training to prepare youth for the labor market.  USAID also focuses on improving the quality of higher education institutions (HEI) and increasing opportunities for students to attend colleges and universities.


El Salvador is the third largest economy in Central America, and the most densely populated, with 6.2 million mainly urban inhabitants.

For over 50 years, USAID has worked together with the government and people of El Salvador to strengthen democracy, improve education and health, and expand broad-based economic growth.

The capital of Honduras, Tegucigalpa, was flooded by Hurricane Mitch in October 1998.

Hurricane Mitch caused severe damage and killed thousands of Hondurans in October 1998. The government was unprepared for the intense rains, catastrophic flooding, and mudslides caused by the category five hurricane. There was a critical vacuum in the country’s disaster response and preparedness capacities. Lack of organization, infrastructure, basic emergency equipment, and guidelines prevented authorities from responding quickly and effectively. After the hurricane, USAID recognized a need to help the government develop a more robust disaster response mechanism.


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