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Trócaire's support in Nicaragua helps to bring more food security, improved rights for women, more accountable government, and better responses to natural disasters.

Aurora Zarate, Nicaragua

"I can cover the house expenses and buy school materials for my grandchildren.” Aurora Zarate from northern Nicaragua has been able to set up a small shop and purchase a piece of land with support from Trócaire's partner COACOV, a cooperative made up mostly by women.

Key Facts

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Trócaire has had programmes in Nicaragua since the 1970s. We opened our country office in 2002

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People benefitted from Trócaire's programmes in Nicaragua in the last year

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Resource Rights, Civil Society Participation, Women's Empowerment, Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Response

Trócaire's Work in Nicaragua

Trócaire established a regional office in Honduras in 1994 to carry out work in Nicaragua and several nearby countries. Our country office in Nicaragua was then opened in 2002.

Our work and partner organisations focus primarily on vulnerable communities in the Pacific and north central areas of the country.

1. Resource Rights and Resilient Livelihoods

Trócaire seeks to empower rural families and communities to secure access and adequate management of natural resources, in particular land and water. 

Our programme in particular targets women and youth, and providing support to adopt sustainable agriculture production techniques and develop small businesses.

In order to improve vulnerable women’s access to resources, particular attention is given to raising awareness their rights, and to changing institutional practices that discriminate women. 

2. Sustainability and Innovation in Civil Society

Trócaire in Nicaragua supports civil society organisations, including faith-based organisations, and their networks, to be sustainable engines of social innovation.  

Opening spaces for civil society to act and collaborate with other actors, such as government, businesses and the academic sector, are critical to articulate efforts and fulfil the rights of the most vulnerable.

3. Eliminating Violence for Women's Empowerment

Trócaire promotes violence-free relationships between women and men, with special attention to youth.  

We use a community-based approach for violence prevention, raising awareness on the rights of women, creating self-help groups, and building community capacities to provide support and link with relevant institutions.  

We engage men in programme activities so they can identify their violent behaviour and learn how to establish equal relations with women. 

4. Protecting Vulnerable People from Disasters

Trocaire and partners implement a community based approach to disaster prevention and response.  

We support communities to organise and build their capacities to identify disasters that can affect them and be better prepared to respond.

Our work has a strong emphasis on the protection of groups who are more vulnerable to crises such as women, children and people with disabilities.

We support our partners to increase the capacities to manage emergency responses more effectively and according to international standards.  

Our Funders in Nicaragua

The following organisations are generously funding Trócaire's current programmes in Nicaragua:

Nicaragua Resources


Our Partners in Nicaragua

Updates from Nicaragua


WATCH: Teaching Nicaragua, a documentary following a group of Irish teachers who visited Trócaire-funded programmes in the country. 

WATCH: “Survivors”, featuring the powerful stories of two women who have survived domestic violence in Nicaragua, and are now involved in a Trócaire-supported programme.

Country Context

Despite steady economic growth in the last decade, Nicaragua is still the second poorest country in Latin America and the Caribbean.  

Economic inequality remains high, and close to 50%  of the rural population lives in poverty and 16% in extreme poverty.  

Nicaragua is also very vulnerable to climate change and disasters including droughts, earthquakes, hurricanes and landslides.

These disasters can cause regular loss of crops that affects small farmers, and damage homes and infrastructure. 

There are high levels of gender inequalities in the country.

There are high rates of violence against women and girls, and in the unequal access to assets and natural resources.  In rural areas for example, only 23% of women own land.