Government corruption in Guatemala has long been identified as a significant barrier to the country’s development and ability to prosper. In recent years, the government has made unprecedented progress in the fight against corruption, primarily through the Public Prosecutor’s Office and the International Commission against Impunity. Civil society organizations are beginning to see their rightful place in monitoring government accountability and transparency. The progress made has raised the hopes of millions of citizens. However, more work is needed to shore up the partnership between civil society and government to realize a corruption-free Guatemala.
Participación Cívica strengthens and develops the capacity of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and government officials in Guatemala to play a more effective role in addressing accountability, transparency and anti-corruption related issues. The program will
- Improve the capacity of government to tackle challenges relating to transparency and accountability.
- Improve the capacity of the social sector to provide coordinated, comprehensive responses that address open government, transparency, and accountability.
- Expand opportunities for community-led advocacy.
- Foster collaborative networks between government and civil society to raise awareness of issues that threaten transparency and good governance.
- To build an understanding of key stakeholders within civil society, identified 79 CSOs, 39 media outlets, and 10 academic institutions as potential collaborators.
- Trained 74 CSO representatives on transparency and anti-corruption measures.
- Trained 1,433 individuals through forums, consultation sessions, and workshops on open government, social auditing, and accessing public information.
- Trained 65 organizations, both CSOs and local government organizations, through workshops and technical assistance on organizational development, sustainability, and transparency.
- Established and trained the seven-member CSO Network for Open Government and assisted those CSOs with technical and logistical support that strengthens their ability to monitor and evaluate government accountability, transparency, and corruption.
Follow the program’s activities in Spanish on www.participacioncivica.org
Sustainable Development Goals Addressed
Funder: United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Collaborators: IREX International, The Palladium Group, and IFES