Civil Society in Nicaragua

This working paper is mainly based on two reports commissioned by KEPA) in 2006 to clarify the role of civil society in Nicaragua and with an additional focus on the Autonomous Region of the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua. KEPA cooperates with a number of local organisations in Nicaragua with a particular focus on the most impoverished area of the country, the Caribbean Region, which covers some 45% of the national territory and is inhabited by various ethnic and indigenous groups.

The reports are written by two separate independent experts on civil society in Nicaragua, Ana Quirós Viquez and Miriam Hooker Coe, on the basis of a series of questions presented in the Terms of Reference provided by KEPA . Axel Borchgrevink’s report on civil society in Nicaragua has been used as an additional source of information.