El Salvador is a tiny but densely populated nation in which the gap between the poor majority and the rich elite is huge. The country suffered through years of bitter civil war in the 1980s and is highly susceptible to natural disasters, which constitute a regular and formidable threat to the security of the population.
We work with our partners in El Salvador to help people prepare for the devastating impact of tropical storms, hurricanes and floods. We try to address economic inequality by empowering communities to improve their livelihoods, and are involved in campaigns for tax justice and accountable governance Our partners also advocate for policy change at government level on issues like climate change and sustainability.
El Salvador is vulnerable to earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, landslides and volcanic eruptions. These natural threats easily turn into full-blown disasters due to high levels of poverty, vulnerability and lack of infrastructure. Any weather-related disasters are likely to be exacerbated by the growing threat from climate change.
History and inequality
El Salvador’s colonial legacy left a society full of inequalities, with a few wealthy people owning most of the land. A succession of dictators and military regimes widened the gap between the elitist land-owning class and the landless workers. The 12-year civil war left social and economic problems that remain unsolved to this day.
El Salvador has a high rate of violence. Violent and criminal gangs act with impunity, and justice and security institutions are unable to fulfil their role. This is the very real and dangerous reality within which our partners work.