Honduras is an impoverished country that has been repeatedly battered by both natural disasters and sociopolitical turmoil, such as catastrophic flooding caused by hurricanes, persistent droughts linked to climate change, a 2009 military coup, disputed elections, endemic corruption and soaring crime rates. These cascading crises have spurred an exodus of Honduran migrants through Mexico and into the United States. USIP is developing new programming in the country that will focus on communities with high emigration rates. The objective is to help Hondurans bridge political and social divides, counter polarization, reduce urban violence and prevent climate-related conflict in the countryside.

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Ante desilusión frente a la democracia ¿Pueden las históricas elecciones de Honduras traer el cambio?

Ante desilusión frente a la democracia ¿Pueden las históricas elecciones de Honduras traer el cambio?

Thursday, December 2, 2021

By: Mary Speck, Ph.D.

Los hondureños hicieron historia el 28 de noviembre al elegir a la líder de izquierda Xiomara Castro como la primera presidenta en la historia del país. En un país plagado por inestabilidad política y polarización, los hondureños también demostraron cómo se debe transferir el poder presidencial en una democracia al recibir Castro gentilmente a su oponente conservador, quien luego emitió un comunicado pidiendo "reconciliación y unidad".

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Democracy & Governance

Amid Democratic Disillusionment, Can Honduras’ Historic Election Bring Change?

Amid Democratic Disillusionment, Can Honduras’ Historic Election Bring Change?

Thursday, December 2, 2021

By: Mary Speck, Ph.D.

Hondurans made history on November 28, electing leftist Xiomara Castro as the country’s first woman president. In a country plagued by political instability and polarization, Hondurans also demonstrated how presidential power should be transferred in a democracy as Castro graciously received her conservative opponent, who then issued a statement calling for “reconciliation and unity.” .

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Democracy & Governance

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