The role of Salvadorean NGOs in post-war reconstruction

The Peace Agreement signed between the Government and FMLN guerrillas in El Salvador marks the end of a decade of civil war. As both sides of the conflict and the international donor community begin to add up the costs of reconstruction, the human, social, and psychological costs are carried mainly by the poor of El Salvador. Social organisations and NGOs who became strategists of survival today face the challenge of transforming their accumulated experience into alternative proposals for the building of a more just society and a prosperous nation. This article explores the practical complexities of transition from war to peace; and from emergency aid to sustainable development based on the participation of communities, social organisations, NGOs and international agencies and building on their experience.