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What we do

Children at a student governance meeting, NicaraguaPlan’s work in Nicaragua covers the following key areas, all of which are rooted in the rights of the child:

Community and municipal organisations apply child protection measures in disaster risk reduction and response plans.

Programme on Sexual and Reproductive Rights

The right of adolescents and young people to sexual and reproductive health is a human right that includes the right to sexual integrity, safety of the sexual body, privacy, equality, love, expression, choice, education and access to health care .  Youth development and community development must be treated as inseparable goals.
The objective of the programme is to help adolescents and youth exercise their sexual and reproductive rights at the individual, family and community levels, in a protective environment and prioritising vulnerable and excluded groups.

The expected results are:

  • Adolescents and youth lobby for the fulfilment of their sexual and reproductive rights and improvement in services.
  • Adolescents and youth have adopted healthy behaviours in exercising their sexual and reproductive rights.
  • Families accompany adolescents and youth in fulfilment of their sexual and reproductive rights.
  • Local sexual and reproductive health services offer care to adolescents and youth in accordance with their needs.


Programme for Family Economic Well-being

The situation of the Nicaraguan family continues to deteriorate.  The poverty and social marginalisation in which the majority of families live are factors that lead to the disintegration and weakening of family ties, affecting all rights of children.  The programme will focus on developing actions to enable the families to increase their productive capacities, generating economic opportunities, abilities and skills that contribute to the sustainable human development of children, adolescents and youth.
The strategic objective of the programme is to help children, adolescents, youth and their families to improve their family well-being, by strengthening the human, social and financial capital of the family, sustainably contributing to human development in gender equality.

The expected results are:

  • Children and adolescents have adopted an entrepreneurial culture with financial, community and social responsibility.
  • Youth (men and women) have strengthened their capacities for incorporation into the labour market and/or to begin their own businesses.
  • Youth (men and women) have improved their access to financial services.
  • Community organisations manage their development plans.
  • Community organisations reduce the risk of disaster.


Cross-cutting issues in CSP III

Participation and good governance, gender equality and disaster risk reduction
Participation and Good Governance

For Nicaraguan society, good governance includes good, transparent and efficient government.  It further includes a Rule of Law that establishes the balance and independence of powers, justice that is accessible to all, and the development of community social auditing, social cohesion, citizen participation and de-centralisation, equal opportunities for men and women, and policies agreed upon for harmonious and inclusive progress.

Cross-cutting Objective

Strengthen local good governance, connecting the Child-centred Community Development approach with municipal development policies and strategies, and fostering capacities for participation and advocacy by the children, adolescents and youth at the community level, to ensure that their rights are recognised and to maximise the impact of those policies in their lives.
The Learn without Fear and Because I Am a Girl Campaigns are opportunities for the Voices Network to be heard, fostering the participation of children, adolescents and youth, and for the mobilisation and participation of the community.  Moreover, these campaigns will serve to mobilise the national and international community, and to establish alliances for the effective fulfilment of Children’s Rights.

Community Organisation and Participation

Participation is a means for the construction of democracy, of citizenship and of good governance as it implies sharing decisions that affect the lives of people and the communities.  Methodologies will be implemented to foster community empowerment and social inclusion in all the stages of community development, so that the community itself can assume the leadership of the development processes.  Extensive use of the Joining Together for Change Methodology is fundamental to this.

Strengthening the capacities of the guarantors and co-responsible parties

Technical assistance will be offered to the municipal development planning processes, incorporating the Child-centred Community Development approach and citizen demands, clearly identifying them in the community development plans.

Gender Equality

Gender equality refers to the fact that girls, boys, women and men enjoy the same status and the same conditions for the fulfilment of their rights and the development of their potential.  It recognises that men and women, boys and girls have different needs and priorities; they face different obstacles and are affected by development differently.

The strategies and action areas to be incorporated into all the programmes correspond to the guidelines defined in the Gender Equality Policy approved at the regional level of Plan.

Disaster Risk Reduction and Adaptation to Climate Change

The concept of DRR envisions disasters as complex problems that require a collective response from different disciplines and institutional groups – in other words, alliances.  It seeks to reduce social and economic vulnerabilities and deal with the environmental dangers that are the result of climate change  (and other changes) that cause disasters.

Cross-cutting Objective
Objective 1.- Children and youth grow up safely in resilient communities.
Objective 2.- Children and youth exercise all their rights during emergencies