Participatory Local Development with a gender focus in eleven rural communities of El Paisnal

El Salvador


The poverty map in El Salvador classifies the Municipality of San Pablo Tacachico as moderate poverty and Aguilares with low poverty; which means that in both municipalities there are families with a lack of income and the inability to satisfy their basic needs such as education, health, drinking water, sanitation and decent housing, among others, which does not allow families to leave their discharge status. vulnerability, marginality and social exclusion in which they live. Making participatory diagnoses in the communities, we find ourselves with problems and needs that mostly affect women and youth, among them the following should be mentioned:

  1. Weakness in the processes of organization and youth citizen participation, which is associated with the poor training that youth have, the low knowledge of their rights, inactivity of youth committees, low number of leaders, low implementation of policies and strategies of local development where they involve youth with gender equality as well as the low political incidence of youth, low opportunities to develop creativity, limited participation in social, sports and cultural activities, among others.
  2. Few spaces for inter-institutional coordination with local governments and citizens, which is due to the fact that local governments and institutions do not value the importance of the development of coordinated initiatives.
  3. Public management with a low gender focus in development, which may be due to the fact that officials, councilors have low training and experience of local development with a gender focus, low experience in the installation of units with specialized personnel who contribute to the execution of actions with a gender focus.
  4. Minimal possibilities for youth to implement economic initiatives, due to the difficulty in having economic, financial, technical and material resources, in addition to low implementation of economic policies and programs aimed at youth


Municipality of El Paisnal

Local Partner



General Objective: Contribute to Local Development and Participatory Democracy with Gender Equity in the northern area of the Department of San Salvador

Specific Objective: Strengthen capacities for participatory local development with a gender focus in the Municipality of El Paísnal

Leading population

(women and men).

Project duration



TAU and Ay. Donostia-San Sebastián


  • Socialization of the project.
  • Monthly meetings with community association boards of directors, to discuss the progress of project implementation, in addition to jointly analyzing and taking measures for the proper functioning of the community association.
  • Elaboration of 11 communal operative plans, per year; Each beneficiary Community Association will make its operational plan each year, in order to identify the goals, activities and those responsible for developing the plan.
  • Review and update of documents and legal books of the 11 Associations
  • Development of three ordinary Assemblies per Association in 20 months.
  • Participation of the 11 communal directive boards in three open councils and coordination spaces, generated by the Local Government.
  • Development of two forums of citizen interest, with the participation of the 11 community Associations.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of the project.
  • Monthly meetings with 11 youth committees, to discuss the progress of project implementation.
  • Elaboration of 11 communal operational plans, per year.
  • Training 60 young people (50% women) in gender, citizen participation and human rights; The trainings will be taught by contracted trainers, according to their specialty.
  • Participation of the 11 youth committees in three open councils and coordination spaces, generated by the Local Government.
  • Development of two forums of citizen interest on issues related to youth.
  • Formulation of a municipal policy for Youth with Gender Equity:
    Selection and identification of beneficiaries.
  • Training for 15 young people (10 women, 5 men), in the production of cattle, pigs, poultry and organic agriculture.
  • Purchase of materials and equipment.
  • Implementation of 15 production units