Down to Zero Nicaragua

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) is a fundamental violation of children's rights. It includes child prostitution, child pornography and child trafficking for sexual purposes. The Down to Zero (DtZ) programme is combatting this situation through preventative and protective measures that focus on actual child victims and on children who are at risk of commercial sexual exploitation. The project in Nicaragua works in four pathways: Children, Community, Government and Private Sector

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This project is part of the Down to Zero Program which is carried out in 4 countries in Latin America.
In Nicaragua the Down to Zero program will work in the municipalities of San Rafael del Sur, Managua Department and Masachapa, Pochomil and Madroñal, which are three coast rural areas in the Pacific.

The outcomes in all countries are:
Outcome 1 (children and adolescents): at risk children and adolescents and victims of all forms of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) in targeted communities in the four countries envision future life projects and are organized to speak out, advocate and seek protection against CSEC.
- Precondition 1: children (in particular child victims) access specialized services that protect them, help them rehabilitate, reintegrate and reduce their vulnerability to CSEC (this includes personal development plans).
- Precondition 2: children and adolescents identify themselves as stakeholders and participate as agents of change in the fight against CSEC among their peers.
- Precondition 3: children and adolescents are organized in youth let organizations that tackle CSEC.
- Precondition 4: children and adolescents participate in decision making within the family, community and (local) government regarding their rights, in particular the right to protection against CSEC.

Outcome 2 (communities/families): targeted communities in the four countries have developed and implemented effective prevention, protection and monitoring strategies focused on CSEC.
- Precondition 1: community actors and their leaders recognize their co-responsibility, publicly condemn CSEC, initiate discussions and advocate for changes in values and behaviors to fight against CSEC.
- Precondition 2: vulnerable source communities have effective community-based prevention, child protection and referral systems in place.
- Precondition 3: communities play an active role in reporting cases of CSEC.

Outcome 3 (Government): The Executive, the Legislative and the Judiciary - at national and sub national levels, implement comprehensive and context relevant laws, policies, action plans and protocols to effectively combat CSEC, including participate monitoring and social control mechanisms.
- Precondition 1: authorities and public servants enhance their performance and improve their results in relation to their roles in the fight against CSEC
- Precondition 2: CSEC becomes a priority in the public agendas at national and subnational level and governments design measures to enhance their performance and increase effectiveness.
- Precondition 3: participatory and evidence-based monitoring, accountability and social control mechanisms are in place.
- Precondition 4: increased budgets and – consequently- strengthened institutions and services enable the effective implementation of laws, policies and other improvement measures.
- Precondition 5: regional and/or binational agreements are subscribed to enhance effectiveness in the fight against CSEC.

Outcome 4 (Private Sector): Private sector stakeholders (in tourism, mining, cement and sugar industries and the transportation sector) are aware of their role in fighting CSEC, and amend their practices and/or business models based on ethical principles and values to actively protect children against CSEC.
- Precondition 1: private sector stakeholders enter into dialogue with CSEC(including children) and the public about prevention and detection of CSEC.
- Precondition 2: key private sector industries/sectors develop codes of conduct and other proposals to mainstream children rights in their business models and practices.
- Preconditon 3: private sector actors effectively monitor the protection and safeguarding of children rights in their business.
Down to Zero Nicaragua

Target group

Children: The target children are mostly urban, includes boys and girls, at risk and child victims. Target age range is between 11-18 years.

Communities: The Latin American region will work in 4 countries, in which the municipalities are divided into communities with different political/administrative denomination depending of the size of their population (barrios, sectores, parajes, etc.). The 28% of these communities are rural (coastal areas in the case of Nicaragua.

Government: Executive government institutions and law enforcement agencies at different levels (national and subnational, considering the existing decentralized and autonomous political organizations) will be addressed through advocacy and strengthening institutional capacities and law enforcement.

Private sector: In the fourth pathway, industries of tourism, extractives/agribusinesses (mining, cement and sugar), and transportation (for purposes of exploitation) are addressed to involve them in fighting CSEC.


All groups: children, communities, governments and the private sector will be strengthened as key players in the fight against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children.
The government should take a bigger responsibility in protecting children. A part of the project is lobbying, what must make funds available by the government.
In addition, communities must be strengthened to protect their children by an increased knowledge how children can protect themselves. The private sector don't allow CSEC in their working areas. These elements seems to have a long-term impact.

Goals overview

- Political space (Output)
- Political space (Outcome)
- Other (Other)