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San Rafael Pie de la Cuesta is one of six municipalities in the Western Highlands of Guatemala that benefits from USAID’s work through its Nexos Locales project in adapting communications technology to improve public service delivery. Read the story

This project strengthens municipalities’ management of public services, financial and procurement systems to increase their capacity to raise revenue and manage expenditures, deliver basic services and improve economic growth.

The objective of this activity is to strengthen municipalities to enable them to deliver more responsive, inclusive, and effective socioeconomic development, while reducing local vulnerabilities such as food insecurity and natural disasters. The activity increases the capacity of local governments to raise revenue; respond to citizen concerns related to violence and security, food insecurity, and global climate change; and manage public resources in a participatory and financially sound manner. The activity also strengthens local governments’ ability to deliver basic services and develop and implement security plans, strengthens the National Association of Municipalities and the Guatemalan Association of Indigenous Mayors and Authorities, and bolsters civil society participation in decision-making via the Development Council System.

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    Indigenous Peoples

    USAID promotes the social, political, economic, and cultural inclusion of Indigenous Peoples to foster and accelerate inclusive development across Guatemala. Learn more

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    Security, Justice, and Governance

    USAID supports Guatemala to increase its resiliency to crime and violence, access to justice, and capacity to investigate and prosecute violent crimes, address corruption, and respond to illegal immigration. Learn more

This project is expected to run from June 23, 2014 through June 19, 2023 with an estimated total USAID investment of $31,294,869.

USAID’s implementer for this project is DAI.