Region: fight crime, make money
Central America has over the past three years received $500 million to prevent and combat violence, part of an aid commitment on the part of the international community totaling $1.3 billion, according to a report published last week by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).
Of this amount, $320 million has been allocated for strengthening institutional programs, $96 million for prevention, $64 million to combat organized crime and $7 million for rehabilitation and social integration programs.
Central American governments have estimated the cost of a regional security plan at $900 million, in order to fight the rise of organized crime, which has resulted in Guatemala and Honduras being the countries with the world’s highest homicide rates.
- Security companies
- Training programs
- Equipment suppliers
- Specialized software and computer operations
- Security personnel
- Social workers