In December 1996, Peace Accords brought an end to Guatemala’s devastating 36-year civil conflict and outlined an ambitious development plan for transforming Guatemala into a more participatory, pluralistic and equitable society.
From 1997 to 2003, the United States Government supported Guatemala’s initiative to implement the Peace Accords. USAID's Peace Program collaborated closely with several hundred international and Guatemalan organizations to advance Peace Accords commitments in the areas of demobilization, productive assets, modernization of the state and human capacity building.
Many of the programs that USAID piloted during this time have since been integrated into the nation’s public-service systems such as education, health, justice and democratic process.
USAID’s current development program builds on the gains of the peace process, working to advance U.S. foreign policy objectives by focusing on Guatemala’s potential as Central America’s largest economy and trading partner of the United States.
We also recognize the country’s lagging social indicators and high rate of poverty and chronic malnutrition among children under 5. In fact, Guatemala struggles with some of the lowest social indicators in the hemisphere.
Today, our main focus areas are:
- Food security;
- Democracy and governance;
- Economic growth and the environment;
- Health and education; and
- Disaster response
Last updated: May 10, 2013