Guatemala—Nexos Locales

Client: U.S. Agency for International Development

Duration: 2014-2019

Region: Latin America and the Caribbean

Country: Guatemala

Solutions: Economic Growth Governance Fragile States

Nexos Locales is working with 30 Feed the Future municipalities in Guatemala’s Western Highlands to foster more responsive, inclusive, and effective socio-economic development while reducing local vulnerabilities such as food insecurity and natural disasters. To achieve this goal, the project works at the intersection—or nexos—of good governance.

Nexos Locales aims to increase the capacity of municipal governments to raise revenue; respond to citizen concerns about violence and security, food insecurity, and global climate change; and improve public financial management. The team will work with the municipalities to improve basic services delivery and security plans, as well as increase civil society participation in decision-making.

Nexos Locales will also increase the capacity of the National Association of Municipalities and the Guatemalan Association of Indigenous Mayors and Authorities to support municipal development and replicate successful models nationwide, including municipal crime prevention plans.

Sample Activities

  • Improve municipal provision of potable water in 30 municipalities.
  • Develop sound public financial systems to promote transparency and permit participation by citizens in decision-making.
  • Strengthen civil society participation in social accountability processes.
  • Establish and implement local development plans to improve food security and economic development.
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