Mines and other megaprojects have been spreading throughout Guatemala, resulting in the expulsion of entire communities from their land and other infringements of their rights. Women bear the brunt of these adversities. At the same time, the fight against such violations faces growing criminalization and aggressions go unpunished.
Another topic that critically affects the population is their vulnerability to adverse natural phenomena such as droughts, which are worsened by the fact that social programmes have been dismantled as a result of political instability.
After the institutional crisis of 2015, the main challenges are, among others, to increase transparency, promote inclusive growth, attend to the social inequalities, and secure the necessary resources to finance public spending for education, health, safety, and infrastructure.
HORIZONT3000 Central America expanded its cooperation efforts to Guatemala in the 1980s. Today, it mainly works in the Occidental highlands of the country.
In Guatemala, HORIZONT3000 supports its partner organisations in three sectors:
• Rural Development – Natural Resource Management: with a focus on food security and agro-ecological production.
• Human Rights – Civil Society: With a focus on promoting and defending economic, social and cultural rights of the indigenous population and, in particular, the rights of women who stand up for human rights in the country.
Areas of intervention and beneficiaries
The primary goal of the interventions in the Central American region is to contribute to more fair and humane living conditions and to increase the self-determination of the Central American people, irrespectively of their ethnic background and gender. Accordingly, the beneficiaries of our partner organisations in Guatemala include farming and indigenous families, women, the youth and human right defenders. Together with the financing projects, the technical assistance programme helps partner organisations to improve their efficiency and increase the impact of their work. The technical assistance programme in Guatemala focuses on promoting the rights of women and the youth, as well as on defending human rights. In addition to financial support and technical assistance, HORIZONT3000 also stimulates learning and exchange processes within the partner organisations’ network with the KNOWHOW3000 knowledge management programme. On the Central American level, these processes are improved through the collaboration of the partner organisations with groups of farming families, women, and the youth.