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IDB trains consular officials from Central America's Northern Triangle

The Program to Enhance Consular Training concluded in Washington D.C., after drawing participants from officials stationed in 17 US cities

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) held a workshop at its headquarters that concluded the Program to Enhance Consular Training, which has been underway since last June and reached more than 150 consular officials posted in the United States. The program was created in response to the needs of the countries of the Northern Triangle to strengthen their consular services, work in a more coordinated fashion and have the most up-to-date information and tools for dealing with their migrant populations.

The program was carried out with an innovative model of hybrid learning, both on-site and online, that began with a workshop in Mexico City for 36 consular officials from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. These officials in turn became knowledge multipliers by passing on what they learned to colleagues stationed in 17 US cities and in the capitals of their three countries through the use of a digital platform.

This online platform was developed by the IDB and its content was created in collaboration with the Foreign Relations Secretariat of Mexico, UNICEF and the US State Department. In addition to connecting consular staff and serving as a tool for coordination, the platform works as a place to store information and knowledge, providing up-to-date information about US immigration and asylum policy.

The IDB, one of the main sources of financing for the development of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, is overseeing the Plan of the Alliance for Prosperity in the Northern Triangle, undertaken by the three countries with the goal of addressing the structural causes of irregular by creating economic opportunities and raising living standards for the people of the region. As the Technical Secretariat of the initiative, the IDB provides technical and financial aid as it directs the implementation of the plan.

About the IDB

The Inter-American Development Bank is devoted to improving lives. Established in 1959, the IDB is a leading source of long-term financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research and provides policy advice, technical assistance and training to public and private sector clients throughout the region.