Canada and Guatemala have active cooperation on a number of key issues of importance to both countries. In alignment with the America’s Strategy and the priorities of Guatemala, Canada has programming focused in the following areas:
All of Canada’s cooperation includes elements of three crosscutting themes, increasing environmental sustainability, promoting equality between women and men and, helping to strengthen governance institutions and practices.
The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is the main vehicle of Canada’s official development assistance. CIDA's aim is to manage Canada's support and resources effectively and accountably to achieve meaningful, sustainable results and engage in policy development in Canada and internationally, enabling Canada's effort to realize its development objectives.
The purpose of this project is to improve living conditions and to increase the average income of 30,000 families in the Department of Sololá, one of Guatemala's poorest indigenous regions. The project has three main objectives.
This project is executed by a consortium of two Canadian Organizations (CECI and SOCODEVI). The project started in 2,008 and will end in 2,015. CIDA will make a total contribution of CAN$10,600,00.00 over this period.
For more information about this project, go to PROSOL (Only in Spanish)
This project will provide support to the World Food Program's Purchase for Progress (P4P) Program in Guatemala from 2,010 to 2,014.
CIDA’s CAN$ 7,500,000 contribution to this program improves food security and increases the income of low-income farmers in Guatemala by connecting them to markets.
The major activities of the project are:
For more information about the P4P program, go to Purchase for Progress
CIDA contributes to human security in Guatemala by supporting the United Nations-mandated International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), an independent investigative body established to dismantle clandestine security structures and prosecute illegal security organizations in Guatemala. The Commission is training police inspectors, prosecutors and judges and strengthening the capacity of the state and civil society groups to investigate, prosecute and punish criminal activities.
Canada announces new contribution to CICIG (available only in Spanish)
CIDA's Partnerships with Canadians Branch (PWCB) recognizes and supports the work of Canadian organizations dedicated to improving the lives of those living in poverty in developing countries. Through this mechanism, Canadian organizations and institutions receive support from CIDA to work with local counterparts in fields related to CIDA’s programming.
Under its Partners for Development Program, projects and programs that are effective, efficient, and accountable will make a meaningful difference on the ground. Working in partnership means that efforts to reduce poverty will have positive outcomes and reflect Canadian values of compassion and caring.
Under its Global Citizens Program, CIDA will work with its partners to engage and mobilize Canadians as global citizens to participate in international development initiatives.
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List of active projects in Guatemala:
CIDA contributes to international development and humanitarian efforts on behalf of Canada by providing financial support to multilateral organizations and helping them shape their policies and programs throughout the world. At the same time, CIDA's multilateral partners are key to helping Canada advance its priority and crosscutting themes. More than one third of Canada's development assistance is channeled through multilateral organizations.
CIDA's Multilateral and Global Programs support initiatives that strengthen the ability and effectiveness of multilateral organizations to reduce poverty and to meet the MDGs in health, education, food security, equality between women and men, and environmental sustainability. A stable, effective multilateral system not only contributes to achieving these development goals, it also helps create a secure and prosperous environment for Canadians at home and abroad.
Find out more about CIDA’s Multilateral Programs on Canadian International Development Agency
CIDA's Inter-American Regional Program supports regional activities in most of the 33 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.