Upcoming Events

May 20, 2021

Challenges in Northern Central America in the Fight against Corruption

This panel will analyze, from different perspectives, commonalities between Honduras and Guatemala in the fight against corruption, as well as challenges, expectations, and opportunities for northern Central America.

Duration: 90 minutes

Time: 11:00am Central America / 1:00pm Washington D.C.

This event will be held in Spanish, with simultaneous interpretation available via this registration. This discussion will also take place on the social media platforms of Alianza por las Reformas, Organización Ayudamos Honduras and Seattle International Foundation, without interpretation available.

Questions may be submitted to panelists during the live event.

May 21, 2021

Virtual Forum

Nicaragua's political landscape and prospects for democracy in 2021

On November 7, 2021, Nicaragua will hold national elections for president, congress, and local authorities. The elections will take place in a context of weakened democratic and electoral institutions, with an electoral system and rules that tilt heavily in favor of the incumbent, Daniel Ortega, and the Sandinista party. Since widespread anti-government protests erupted in April 2018, more than 300 citizens have been killed by government forces and paramilitary groups aligned with them. In addition, the Ortega government has adopted several repressive laws that severely restrict civic space and political rights in the country.

Thus far, the opposition has failed to unite behind a single candidate to oppose President Ortega, who has ruled continuously since 2007. Given the severe limitations on civic space, press freedom, and the exercise of political rights, what are the prospects for democracy in Nicaragua? Is it possible to create better conditions for electoral competition? Will the opposition abstain in the face of current obstacles? Will the opposition unify? Is there a constructive role for the international community to play?

Duration: 60 minutes
9:00am PDT
10:00am Central America
12:00pm EDT

This event will be held in a mix of Spanish and English, with simultaneous interpretation available and broadcast via Zoom and SIF's social media platforms.
To access the simultaneous interpretation, please click the "Register" button on this page.