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Nicaragua, the "land of lakes and volcanoes", cheerful and hardworking people, with a mostly young population estimated at 6.46 million inhabitants (2019: World Bank), occupies the largest territorial extension in Central America and the Caribbean with 130,373 km2. However, it is the second poorest country in the Americas in terms of GDP per capita with US$ 1,904.3 (2019: IMF).

Nicaragua has suffered during its history several events that have impacted its efforts to reach its development such as earthquakes, hurricanes, civil wars, and recently since April 2018 there have been socio-political disturbances that have affected Nicaraguan life and economic activity, producing an increase in unemployment.

JICA has been collaborating with the socioeconomic development of Nicaragua since the first dispatch of Japanese volunteers in 1991, signing in 2001 the Technical Cooperation Agreement between the Governments of Japan and Nicaragua, which expanded the types of assistance, having now the modalities of Technical Cooperation (including dispatch of experts, elaboration of development plans, training courses in Japan and third countries through the Knowledge Co-Creation Program KCCP), Grant Aid (in the form of equipment or infrastructure donations), Japanese Volunteers Program, and ODA Loans.

With the objective of reducing poverty and social disparities through stable economic growth, JICA has defined 4 principal lines for its cooperation strategy in Nicaragua, which are:

1. Urban Development Program of the Metropolitan Area of Managua
2. Local Capacity Building Program
3. Social Services Strengthening Program.
4. Environmental Conservation and Disaster Risk Reduction Program.

Taking JICA's global vision of "Leading the world with trust" as a reference, our work in Nicaragua places people and their aspirations at the center of cooperation as final beneficiaries by a "people-to-people" approach, and we are committed to continue strengthening the bonds of trust and brotherhood that we have established over the years with the people of Nicaragua.

Office Information
JICA Nicaragua Office
Centro Financiero Invercasa Torre III, 5to piso, Modulo No. 5-E2, Managua, Nicaragua
(P.O.Box 509)

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July 14, 2021 Message from the Chief Representative
December 4, 2020 JICA Working Hour and Holiday in 2021
March 19, 2020 Message from the Chief Representative
March 13, 2020 Postal Address
November 20, 2019 JICA Nicaragua Office

News & Features

November 6, 2020 Emergency Assistance to Nicaragua in Response to the Hurricane Disaster
October 31, 2018 Learning from Disaster Experience "Hurricane Mitch 20 Years Event"
July 4, 2018 ‘Viva Latin America! Deepening Ties With Japan’ Vol.4: A Japanese-Style Early Warning System Protects Peruvians
June 28, 2018 ‘Viva Latin America! Deepening Ties With Japan’ Vol.3: Making "Automobiles" the Pillar of the Economy: The Shape of Cooperation in the Semi-developed Country Mexico
June 22, 2018 ‘Viva Latin America! Deepening Ties With Japan’ Vol.2: Persons With Disabilities Work Across Borders

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