USAID has identified two significant challenges to successful development in Guatemala: historic inequality that remains ingrained in Guatemalan society, and weak government that lacks the capacity to address insecurity and poverty. Each of these driving forces contributes to increased crime, high levels of poverty, and some of the lowest levels of health and education quality in Latin America. Guatemalans lack protection against organized crime, are vulnerable to natural disasters, and struggle to feed and educate their children.
Based on decades of experience, USAID's strategy to enhance development outcomes includes: 1) Programs in sectors where USAID has a comparative advantage among donor organizations, and where clear opportunities for advancement exist, and 2) Strong support to improve food security in priority areas in the Western Highlands with extremely high poverty and child chronic malnutrition levels, and where potential for economic development is strong. Agency programs also focus on health, education, nutrition and local governance in the target municipalities.
Last updated: March 10, 2014