Kinder am Lesen

Projects in Nicaragua



This lands Nicaragua in 95th place out of 189 surveyed countries. Switzerland, by contrast, is in second place with an IHDI of 0.882.

*The inequality-adjusted human index (IHDI) measures inequality in various countries. The IHDI considers inequality in education, health, and income; a scores range from 0 (lowest) to 1 (highest).

5,680 USD

Switzerland: 65,610 USD


In our project area in the drylands of Nicaragua, 60% of the small farmers live in poverty.

*The national poverty rate is the percentage of the population that live below the national poverty threshold. The official estimates are based on population-weighted estimates of the subsets from household surveys.

Challenges in Nicaragua

  • The percentage of schoolchildren who started primary school but then dropped out before reaching the end of primary school is 51.6%.
  • The Nicaraguan drylands are among the regions that are most threatened by climate change worldwide. Droughts and other natural catastrophes threaten the food security of the small farmers who live there.
  • The political crisis has massively affected the economy, leading to negative growth since mid-2018; at the beginning of 2019, the figure was -7.7%.