USAID fact sheet: Assistance to Guatemala

FY 1999
FY 2000
FY 2001
FY 2002
FY 2003
Total in US$ Millions
*Includes Reconstruction Funds for Hurricane Mitch

USAID assistance to Guatemala strengthens fragile institutions, promotes justice sector reform and respect for human rights, and supports the implementation of the 1996 Peace Accords that ended a 36-year civil war. USAID is also helping to increase income opportunities and access to education and health services for the rural poor while encouraging sound environmental management. USAID has provided $6.6 million in emergency aid, food, and medical supplies since September 2001 to address on-going problems with malnutrition. USAID completed a two-year, $28 million Hurricane Mitch reconstruction program in 2001.

Peace: The 1996 Peace Accords call for major social sector investments to reach segments of the population never before adequately served, and require full participation of indigenous people in local and national decision-making. USAID supports national reconciliation, literacy, and vocational training, credit and micro-enterprise programs, and modernization of state institutions.

Democracy: USAID works to improve democratic institutions and combat corruption in Guatemala. The program supports reforms within the criminal justice system and promotes citizen participation in political decision-making. Activities are making local governments more responsive to citizens' interests and strengthening the national legislature.

Education: USAID supports the Ministry of Education and civil society organizations to raise educational quality, increase access to education, and improve educational policies. The emphasis is on recognizing Guatemala's cultural and linguistic diversity.

Health: Assistance is aimed at women and children by helping the Guatemalan health sector improve its services and provide reproductive health education. Programs focus on quality and coverage, management, and policy reforms conducive to greater investment in women's and children's health.

Rural Poverty: Through help to small farmers and their families and to micro-entrepreneurs, USAID improves the incomes and economic status of the rural poor. Programs help farmers secure access to land, use sustainable agricultural practices, increase competitiveness through business development services, diversify into specialty coffee and nontraditional exports, and increase productivity and sales.

Environment: Programs offer sound environmental management assistance while offering viable options for income producing alternatives such as forest crops and park promotion. USAID also helps develop incentives for sustainable land use and conservation of bio-diversity.

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