Wednesday September 2nd 2015




Mapping of Internationally-Funded Citizen Security Projects in Central America

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Mapping of Internationally-Funded Citizen Security Projects in Central America, a joint project of the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), which tracks and documents international assistance for citizen security in Central America.

The Mapping Study and the online platform, the first of its kind for the region, provide a tool for strengthening planning, coordination, and monitoring among governments of Central America, donor governments and agencies, multilateral institutions, and civil society organizations that work to address problems associated with violence and insecurity in the region.

The tool allows for the identification of citizen security programs and projects that are being implemented or are in the design phases at the national level in Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Panama, and Costa Rica, as well as at the regional level. Using the information found in the database, it is possible to see how much is being invested in citizen security, what issue areas are receiving funding, where the resources are going (geographically), and who the main donors are for citizen security projects in Central America.

The Mapping Study is being continuously updated through the important collaboration of the international donors operating in the region. To date, the database includes more than 600 projects that together total approximately US$ 2 billion, financed by more than 30 multilateral and bilateral donors and agencies, as well as private foundations. The Mapping Study also tracks non-monetary South-South collaboration in Central America.

The Mapping Study’s online database makes doing research using the information possible and easy. We invite you to use this resource by visiting In order to facilitate access to and use of this tool, we invite you also to publish the Mapping Study’s icon (located on the top right of this post) on your website, linking it to the Mapping Study website.

The Mapping Study is an innovative and unprecedented instrument that promises to be a useful tool for those who study the region and work on the issue. We hope that the Mapping Study will be of great use to your research and work.


Adriana Beltrán
Senior Associate
Citizen Security Program
Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA)

Karelia Villa
Modernization of the State Specialist
Institutions for Development Sector
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

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