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Asociación de Desarrollo Pespírense

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Public Statement 2017

Title Building youth development and youth leadership
Type of organization Association
Country Honduras
Duration  Three years
IAF Funding   $398,570
Counterpart Committed $205,290
Number of direct &
indirect beneficiaries
Direct: 1.100 and 
Indirect: 6,000
Primary program areas Education/training; Enterprise development


ADEPES is the primary grantee for this project, although funding will be distributed among the three participating organizations. ADEPES is a nonprofit organization founded and legally constituted in 1998 to promote sustainable development in the largely rural municipality of Pespire.

ADEPES is governed by a general assembly of 47 elected rural and urban community leaders most of whom also represent local development councils, water boards and agricultural cooperatives. ADEPES’ board of directors is elected every two years and is composed of seven community and civil society leaders. ADEPES has a staff of 35 who work in its primary program areas of agricultural development and natural resources protection, civic participation, youth development (in life skills, resilience, communication, leadership, and project management) and a self-sustaining credit program.

ADEPES has developed a successful self-sustaining microcredit organization that supports local development with $2 million in assets. The credit program additionally directs a portion of its profits toward community development activities. ADEPES has also formed a locally-owned marketing association to support local producers. ADEPES has received past funding from the European Union, the World Food Program and other international and national organizations.

Development Objective 

To support young people in three Honduran municipalities to continue their education, develop leadership and job skills, and contribute to the well-being and development of their communities.

Project Description
Three existing IAF grantee partners, Asociación de Desarrollo Pespirense (ADEPES), Asociación de Desarrollo Triunfeña (ADETRIUNF), and Organización para el Empoderamiento de la Juventud (OYE) will jointly implement a comprehensive youth leadership, vocational education and economic opportunity program in the Pespire, El Triunfo and El Progreso municipalities. Program activities will benefit young people between14 and 30 years of age, who would not otherwise have the opportunity to continue their studies. The Project will provide scholarships for costs associated with two years of formal secondary education for 40 youth in the Pespire and El Triunfo municipalities, and technical and tertiary education for 60 youth in all three target municipalities. Participants will receive leadership training throughout the project, to strengthen personal development, life skills and civic engagement, which they will subsequently replicate with other youth in their communities. Youth selected for the program will also carry out volunteer service activities within their communities. A second phase of the project will focus on economic opportunities through small business development training and support for youth entrepreneurs as well as labor market alternatives developed with the private and public sectors. The project will directly benefit approximately 1100 young people, and another 6,000 people indirectly.

Rationale for Funding

The project is the result of networking efforts between IAF youth grantees in Central America initiated in 2016. The three organizations implementing this project are successful and creative IAF grantee partners seeking to establish comprehensive development alternatives for youth in communities impacted by high rates of migration, in which their educational, employment and social options are limited. The collaborative effort contributes to shared learning among the grantees, with ADEPES and ADETRIUNF incorporating scholarship programs into their overall approach and expanding relationships with the private sector for greater sustainability, areas in which OYE has excelled. OYE for its part will benefit from the experience of ADEPES and ADETRIUNF in entrepreneurial training and support of youth microenterprises. All three of the organizations have solid leadership training programs and civic engagement experience which they will synthesize for the development of a joint curriculum. This grant is part of a broader IAF initiative focused on supporting economic prosperity, democracy, and governance consistent with the U.S. Strategy for Engagement in Central America.

Learning Opportunity

Through this grant the IAF has an opportunity to learn how to effectively support institutional development of multiple organizations facing similar challenges, in a structured, participatory and strategic manner. Building the ANAFAE network’s strategic communications abilities will shed light on how raising public awareness on its activities can expand knowledge and use of agroecological practices and its benefits. The project has the potential to represent a longer term partnership between the IAF and ANAFAE on research and collective learning in agroecology and sustainable agriculture within Honduras and throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, under IAF’s Sustainable Smallholder Agriculture strategic initiative.