Are US Anti-Crime Programs in Central America Working?

Over the past several years, the United States has spent hundreds of millions of dollars on crime and violence prevention programs in Central America, with few evaluations of the impact of this investment. But one hotly debated study highlights the challenges of measuring security assistance outcomes, as well as the need for a greater body of analysis about the efficacy of such initiatives…

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New Report Questions Effectiveness of U.S. Aid to Central America

Despite more than $1.2 billion in U.S. assistance since 2008, perceptions of citizen security in Central America have continued to decline and rates of violent crime have continued to rise, contributing to large numbers of children and families fleeing for the United States in recent years.

In light of the worsening situation in Central America, a new report from the Wilson Center calls into question the implementation and effectiveness of U.S. assistance programs in the region, particularly the Central American Regional Security Initiative, known as CARSI

Read this piece in its entirety at Security Assistance Monitor.