Capital Managua
Population 5.8 million
Life Expectancy 71.5
Access to clean water 79%
Adult literacy 67.02%
Under five mortality 25.5 per 1,000 live births
GDP per head (US$ PPP) $2,900

Our Joint Programmes

Democratic economic governance in the Water and Sanitation sector in the RAAN and RAAS
Less than 20% of people living in Nicaragua's Northern and Southern Autonomous Administrative Regions, home to many indigenous communities, have access to drinking water and adequate sanitation. The goal of the Joint Programme was to increase sustainable access to water and sanitation for poor population groups by strengthening democratic economic governance in the water and sanitation sector.
“TUKTAN YAMNI” Integrated Model
This Joint Programme's goal was to reduce chronic malnutrition in Nicaragua's Northern and Southern Autonomous Administrative Regions, home to many indigenous communities, by providing pregnant and breastfeeding women, children under five and school children up to 12 with integrated food security and nutrition services.
Local and regional environmental management for the management of natural resources and provision of environmental services
Nicaragua's Bosawas Biosphere Reserve is Central America's largest rainforest and part of the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor. The Joint Programme's aim was to improve management of the protected area, increase access to water and sanitation, provide renewable energy and promote agroforestry as a means to boost incomes. 
National Development Capacities for Improving Employment and Self-Employment Opportunities for Young People
This Joint Programme worked with the government to improve young Nicaraguans' access to decent employment, especially those living in socially vulnerable conditions in urban and rural areas, and thereby helped to counteract the negative effects of migration.
“From Rhetoric to Reality”: Promoting Women’s Participation and Gender Responsive Budgeting
Women in Nicaragua face limited access to decent work and credit, low participation in decision-making, little economic autonomy, poor exercise of their rights, including sexual and reproductive, and poor access to justice in cases of domestic violence. This Joint Programme was designed to support the government in ensuring the equality of women and men and enforcing non-discrimination on the grounds of gender.
Cultural Recovery and Creative Productive Development on the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua
One in three children is chronically malnourished on Nicaragua's Caribbean Coast, an area that contains 80% of the country's natural resources, but is also one of its poorest regions and home to the majority of its indigenous and Afro-Caribbean populations. The aim of the Joint Programme was to help to reduce inequalities in the human, social and economic development of these communities through cultural reclamation, productive development and a deepening of knowledge of tangible and intangible heritage.


Unity is strength in Nicaragua

Until recently, the women of the village of Venus spent a part of each day searching for and collecting drinking water. That all changed when they and the MDG-F started working together.


Miskito families protect Nicaragua’s ecological treasures

MDG-F-supplied solar panels are helping Nicaragua's indigenous communities preserve their environment.


Unity makes strength for Nicaraguan women

The MDG-F is helping Nicaraguan women to break the cycle of poverty in which they live through business training and access to specialized health services.


Coffee as a route to women’s empowerment

María José Blandón Villavicencio, a Nicaraguan housewife turned coffee producer, has a sales record that would make any entrepreneur green with envy: 1600% growth in her first year.