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Bringing Development Together

Directly affecting the wellbeing of both the people and of the economy, the World Bank reports that Nicaragua’s agricultural sector is the primary contributor to the country’s GDP, contributing 20.5% between 2011 and 2015.  In addition to agriculture for income within Nicaragua, small-scale farming projects such as community gardens and gardens at schools are on the rise.

Work animals in rural Nicaragua can form the cornerstone of the community. When these animals are in poor health, so to are the community members depending on them for their livelihood. According to Central America Data, there are fewer than 1,000 veterinarians throughout the entire country of Nicaragua. This figure is very low and acts to negatively affect the country’s agricultural success and to promote the spread of zoonotic diseases.

Ranging from sanitation to economic policy and more, development and infrastructure programs within Nicaragua work to build the community up from the inside.  While there are many programs already in action, World Bank’s National Infrastructure rating of 2.20 out of 5 for Nicaragua shows there’s still a lot of work to be done.

Access to quality education is essential, but access alone is sometimes not enough. Though it is largely free of charge, in many parts of Nicaragua it is uncommon for students to pursue a secondary education. UNICEF Reports that between 2008 and 2012, only 35.4% of males and 46.7% of females attended school at the secondary level.  Many programs are working hard to increase access to education, improve the quality therein, and to promote opportunities for university education and career opportunities. 

According to World Bank, only 77.9% of the Nicaraguan population has any access to electricity. As a result, many Nicaraguan citizens are without electric power. Many programs, both national and international are working hard to address the lack of access to electricity and to promote solar and wind power where access to a central grid may prove too challenging.

Due to issues such as deforestation and pollution, Nicaragua ranks 90th in the world in Yale’s most recent Environmental Performance Index. Approximately 75% of Nicaraguan forests have been transformed into crop and pasture land. National and international organizations within Nicaragua are working to stem the amount of pollution production and deforestation, and to put measures in place to ensure the environmental health of Nicaragua in the future. 

Family and community are central in Nicaragua. Problems with alcohol abuse and domestic violence are prevalent within the country and can act to poorly influence family and community dynamics.  Many government and NGO programs in Nicaragua work to support family integrity and development via social programs or faith-based initiatives.  

Many Nicaraguan residents lack access to healthcare and other necessary services. According to the World Health Organization, as of 2013, there were only .43 provincial hospitals for every100,000 people in the country.   Community clinics are widespread, but may lack materials or personnel needed to provide proper care.  Many organizations from around the world and from within Nicaragua are working with the Nicaraguan government to increase community access to healthcare and to provide healthcare facilities with the proper supplies. 

Owing largely to the many efforts of international and Nicaraguan aid initiatives, access to clean water systems has improved dramatically within Nicaragua. However, World Health Organizationestimates that there are still 800,000 Nicaraguans without access to clean water. 

According to Nicaragua’s Chamber of Developers, there is a severe housing shortage of 957,000 houses across the country, leaving many citizens with either no shelter or compromised livingconditions.  Organizations from all over the world work with Nicaraguan citizens and the Nicaraguan government to build new housing for those in need. 


Nicaragua has a large diplomatic community, hosting 32 embassies and 22 consulates.  International governments within Nicaragua are working every day along side the Nicaraguan governmentto improve the quality of life for the citizens of Nicaragua. 

There are over 35 Ministries, Institutes and Cooperatives currently working within the local government of Nicaragua.  Aside from normal operations, many of these branches of government aredirectly involved in acute aid programs themselves.  Active partnerships between international organizations and the Nicaraguan government has proven invaluable in advancing the country of Nicaragua and in advancing the wellbeing of its citizens.


The Mission of the NNN: 

The NNN provides a common sustainable platform where all nonprofit organizations, non-government organizations, government entities, and individual volunteers helping Nicaragua can share knowledge, resources, experiences, and accomplishments.


How it works: 

The NNN is a networking platform equipped with a variety of technologies that greatly assists in helping organizations find and collaborate with one another. The NNN platform provides greater visibility of the individual and collective efforts of all community development organizations working within the country of Nicaragua. 


Non-Profit Collaboration

Why is networking humanitarian efforts important?

Humanitarian organizations that do not network and collaborate with one another can experience organizational inefficiencies, a lack of overall efficacy, and in some cases may have a negative impact on the communities they aim to serve. 

Active collaboration between organizations results in better allocation of humanitarian efforts, more effective implementation of programs, and more responsible and efficient usage of charitable donations at the end of the day.

How Can Networking Help?


How can you network with someone that you don't know is there?

Its a common problem the world over: Many organizations, individual volunteers, and government entities are more than willing to network and collaborate with other programs...if they could find them. The problem is that they are largely unaware that they exist at all.

Larger organizations may maintain more visibility, but the majority of humanitarian groups by number are smaller and lack visibility or marketing measures needed to denote their presence in an area.  In these cases there is a will, but there is not a way to connect and work collaboratively.


The issue with uncoordinated philanthropy

If development programs unknowingly overlap they may cause harm. In some cases the harm may be negligible, but in other more severe cases the harm can be quite serious on a physical, infrastructural, or emotional level for the receiving community. 

However, if development programs overlap their efforts in an effective and collaborative manner, the positive effects on the receiving community can be far beyond the capabilities of the organizations on their own. 

Please review our requirements for membership prior to joining. Membership is completely FREE

The NNN can help aid programs network by equipping them with the right tools


Nicaragua non-profit network profileComprehensive profiles

Capture all of your organization's activities, areas of focus, staff, contact info, and more in a single comprehensive profile






Organizational search tools - mapping, databases, more...

Locate and identify organizations based on a variety of filterable factors. Search national maps to locate other aid efforts. 






Join the NNN forums to engage in active, up-to-date conversations and to garner total-community visibility for your item of interest. 





Up to Date News and Reporting

Streaming up to date reports from fellow NGOs, Government, News outlets, UN, and much more. 







Custom Google Map Tools

Utilize the most powerful mapping program in the world, tailored by the NNN, to map your efforts and locate others. 






Publishable Calendars

Show your event calendar to the entire aid community. Avoid negative organizational overlap and increase collaboration





Staff and Volunteer Listings

Easily display your team and their roles in your organization. Immediate links to direct contact information. 






Visibility coupled with program security

While organizational profiles are viewable by the general public, certain program details are restricted to member access only.  All NNN members are individually vetted by NNN. This ensures that your program information may not be used for ill-will. 



Join our growing network of volunteers, NGOs, and government entities.

You can sign up to the NNN as an individual, an organization, or both.

Membership is completely free. 

Please review our requirements for membership prior to joining

Start networking today! 




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