Nicaragua, the geographically impressive "land of lakes and volcanoes", is also one of the poorest countries in Latin America. Here, about 50% of the population live in poverty and about 20% among them in extreme poverty. A contributing factor is that the economy of this Central American state is predominantly based on agriculture. Moreover, the country was set back considerably by long years of civil war in the 1970s and 80s. With the end of the war in 1990, new perspectives had to be created, especially for young people.
Despite a promising economic upswing at the beginning of the millennium, Nicaragua is currently experiencing a renewed economic recession as a result of the socio-political crisis which started in April 2018. Consequently, the humanitarian situation has also worsened, especially for young people.