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Communities Building Peace Project

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This project brings together diverse sectors and stakeholders within communities in the Western Highlands to identify and address the main drivers of social conflict at the familial, community, and municipal levels.

The purpose of the Peacebuilding Project is to reduce social conflict and violence and increase social cohesion and peacebuilding in Guatemala’s Western Highlands Region. The project will contribute to the Government of Guatemala (GOG) and United States Government (USG) objectives of promoting development, reducing poverty, and reducing irregular migration. The project will bring together diverse sectors and stakeholders within communities in the Western Highlands to identify and address the main drivers of social conflict at the familial, community, and municipal levels. The project will seek to address the drivers of social conflict by focusing on four of the general categories of recommendations proposed by USAD/Guatemala’s 2015 conflict vulnerability assessment team—youth and families; governance; land; and extractive industries and natural resource exploitation. Through a rigorous community-based development (CBD) approach, the project will actively engage community members as participants and leaders in transforming conflict, restoring the social fabric, and building peace in their communities.

This project is expected to run from May 24, 2018 through May 23, 2023 with an estimated total USAID investment of $14,999,367.

USAID’s implementer for this project is Creative Associates International, Inc.

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Last updated: August 26, 2021

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