Governance in Guatemala

Speeches Shim

Central America Strategy

USAID works with the Government of Guatemala to battle corruption, improve public service delivery, and increase civic participation.

Working closely with government institutions, USAID and its partners implement a wide-range of projects to address governance and democracy issues hindering Guatemala’s progress. To reduce illegal immigration, improve governance of key public institutions, and increase civic participation in government functions and oversight, USAID’s projects focus on: 1) Providing technical support to municipal and national institutions, and 2) Engaging civil society to promote rule of law, free and fair elections, and transparent and accountable governance and financial management.

History & Context

To date, transparency and accountability in democratic governance are insufficient at all levels of government. Civil society lacks adequate support in organizing its constituents and engaging with government officials. Pathways for participating in local and national government institutions are virtually non-existent, especially for women, youth, and indigenous populations.

A majority of Guatemalans believe there is widespread corruption among public officials, and 1 in 5 citizens have been victims of corruption—a significant factor influencing emigration. Unresolved social conflict impedes economic and social development in communities that need it most. Compounding these issues is the centralization of funds and resources in the capital, to the detriment of over 300 municipalities throughout Guatemala. Tax revenues rank among the lowest in the world, preventing the government from delivering services to its citizens. Further, municipal governments are charged with delivering state services but lack the funding, capacity, and controls to perform.

Issuing Country 
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - 2:15pm