Local Economic Development in Catacamas and Santa Maria del Real (Honduras)

In the context of decentralization, local governments have been forced to take on responsibility for economic development whether or not they have the capacity to do so. The Atlantic Community Economic Development Institute (ACEDI) has developed a new approach to local economic development planning called the Methodological Route for Development (RMD). The methodology is based on a vision of identifying locally available resources and skills, and bringing them to the attention of key individuals and local officials. It further aims to mobilize these actors and resources into a crucial motor for local development in the face of ever more aggressive globalization.

This grant will support the training of key professionals from the National Agricultural University (UNA), as well as municipal and business leaders, in RMD with a view to adapting and applying it in Catacamas and Santa Maria del Real. The research component will consist of a case study of the process carried out under the guidance of the Sustainable Development Network (Red de Desarrollo Sostenible - Honduras). Lessons learned in the implementation of the project will be exchanged with other local economic development initiatives in the country.

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Start Date

Thursday, August 17, 2006

End Date

Tuesday, July 17, 2007


12 months

IDRC Officer

Gottsbacher, Markus

Total funding

CA$ 132,412


Honduras, North and Central America, South America

Project Leader

Gustavo Ramon Lopez


Universidad Nacional de Agricultura

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