El Salvador


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Capital San Salvador
Population 7.1 million
Life Expectancy 72.33
Access to clean water 84%
Adult literacy 80.2%
Under five mortality 21.52 per 1,000 live births
GDP per head (US$ PPP) $6,200
El Salvador

    MDG-F Case Study Evaluation

  • This evaluation is a knowledge-generating exercise whose goal is to: 1) Assess the MDG-F's contribution, at national level, to the achievement of the MDGs, the principles of the Paris Declaration and the UN reform initiative to “Deliver as One”; 2) Identify best practices and lessons learned in order to inform future joint programming for development; and 3) Connect local level programme interventions with national level policy-making processes by highlighting successful pilot initiatives with the potential for replication and scale-up.

    El Salvador_Country Final Evaluation.pdf (1.32 MB)
  • Country Fact Sheet

  • This Fact Sheet summarizes the key achievements of the Joint Programmes in El Salvador.

    Guatemala Joint Programmes Fact Sheet.pdf (211 KB)

Our Joint Programmes

Protecting children: towards a coordinated food security and nutritional programme for El Salvador
A sharp decline in remittances, augmented by rising food and fuel prices, spiked poverty and malnutrition levels in El Salvador during the last decade. In 2008, extreme poverty rose by 6.5%, and 87% of poor households reduced food consumption levels, threatening El Salvador’s important gains toward fulfilling the MDGs in areas like hunger and poverty reduction (MDG 1) and improved infant mortality rates (MDG 4). This Joint Programme's aim was to build consensus and strengthen the government's capacity to set forth integrated approaches to alleviate child hunger, malnutrition and food insecurity. 
Urban and Productive Integrated Sustainable Settlements El Salvador
El Salvador suffers from a significant housing shortage, which, together with overcrowding and high levels of insecurity in many urban settlements of San Salvador, impacts not only on the quality of life of its inhabitants, but is also a source of violence and conflict and reduces the potential and opportunities for economic development. The Joint Programme was geared towards inclusive growth of El Salvador's urban areas and the generation of decent work within a sustainable environment. It focused on creating strategic partnerships that integrate the private and public sectors, civil society organizations and the urban poor population of San Salvador.
Building social capital to reduce violence: A new transition in El Salvador
El Salvador has the highest levels of violence in all of Latin America. It has a homicide rate of almost 70 per 100,000 inhabitants and alarming rates of other kinds of violence, all of which impede the consolidation of democratic government, human development and the achievement of the MDGs. This initiative worked to build consensus and strengthen state capacities for the prevention and reduction of armed violence, benefiting institutions at the national level and locally in the Metropolitan Area of San Salvador.


El Salvador achieves Millennium Development Goal of reducing maternal mortality

Maternal deaths declined from 71.2 to 50.8 per 100,000 live births between 2006 and 2011.



Fighting child malnutrition in El Salvador

The MDG-F is helping 500 families diversify production and improve their food crops in Morazán, where nearly half the population lives in extreme poverty.


Building a “Big Apple” in the slums of San Salvador

Transformed shanty-town will soon provide water, electricity, private toilets and new livelihoods to families living in extreme poverty on the edge of El Salvador’s capital.