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Project ID:00085723Description:SUN 02/GUA/003 “Civil Society"
Fund:
SUN Movement Fund
Start Date *: 20 Feb 2013
Theme:
Country Catalytic Programmes
End Date*: 31 Dec 2016
Country: Guatemala Project Status: Financially Closed
  Participating Organization:   WHO - World Health Organization
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Fostering Civil Society action and inspiring change in Guatemala to implement the 1000 days strategy

 

  • Country: Guatemala  
  • Implementing Partner: Save the Children Guatemala
  • Participating Organization: WHO/PAHO
  • Duration: 36 months –January 2013- December 2015
  • MPTF support: US$ 428.000
  • Main Contact: Amilcar Ordoñez Chocano at aordonez@savethechildren.org.gt

 

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BACKGROUND

Guatemala, with a total population estimated at 14,636,487, is a lower middle income country though being part of countries with high development deficit as shown by high levels of poverty at 53.71% according to 2011 national survey (ENCOVI). Guatemala is one of the most unequal countries in the world, with a GINI index of 55.1, among the highest in the entire world when it comes to inequality in income distribution according to the National Human Development Report2007/2008. As a result of this inequality, chronic hunger and progressive malnutrition continues to increase in children and adults, which is directly linked to poverty and extreme poverty. In terms of child malnutrition, the situation is alarming. Figures published by UNICEF Guatemala show that Guatemala is among the 9 countries worldwide where over 50% of children under 5 suffer from significant degree of malnutrition.

Official figures report that 49.3% of children under 5 years old show signs of malnutrition, placing Guatemala among the six countries at world level with the worst indicators of chronic malnutrition. This situation worsens even more when indigenous and rural population is included, reporting chronic malnutrition rates close to 80%. 

A positive element in the context, is that the current Government has included in its Zero Hunger program elements based on the window of opportunity of 1,000 days, returning to the commitment shown by the previous government, stated on December 2010 before the International Community, to be included among the 10 pilot countries for the implementation of the 1,000 Days Initiative –the only Latin American country to do so. The current Secretary of Food and Nutritional Security (SESAN), which is the inter-ministerial governing body on food and nutrition security has publicly stated his personal willingness to discuss and coordinate with the civil society to respond effectively to the problem of children chronic malnutrition in  the  country. 

GOALS and OBJECTIVES

The project seeks to help achieve the reduction of chronic malnutrition of children under 2 years in Guatemala, through the empowerment of the affected population, through inter-sectoral coordination and through social audit. Those actions will support higher effectiveness and efficiency of the existing plans and programs by the state to confront with child malnutrition and hunger. Indeed the Zero Hunger Pact establishes an ambitious goal of reducing child malnutrition by 10% in the next years until 2016.

To this extent the project will work to strength the capacities of incidence and social audit of civil society organizations before decision makers for quality implementation and financing activities related to the Window of Opportunity of the Thousand Days and the empowerment of the affected population, (women, children) at national level, prioritizing municipalities with higher burdens

OUTCOMES and main ACTIVITIES

OUTCOME1: Common Monitoring and Social Audit Agenda of civil society, on the effective implementation of the Window of Opportunity of the 1,000 days at national and local level developed and implemented.

Main activities to achieve this will include:

  • Establishment of Monitoring and Social Audit Comission of Civil Society organizations, through meetings with the existing structures regarding Social audit, Human Rihgts, Children´s Rights food and nutritional security monitoring to establish a formal alliance.
  • Elaboration of the Common Monitoring and Social Audit Agenda and Strategy of the Thousand Days Initiative, with the  aim to monitor and evaluate the on-going government actions, public investment, the progress and effectiveness of policies, programs and plans.
  • Implementation of Monitoring and social Audit Strategy through periodic reports of monitoring activities of partners at national /local level.
  • Annual studies about public investment in chronic malnutrition, to acquire knowledge about Project’s management and effectiveness at national level.
  • Management of Monitoring and Social Audit outcomes through  monthly data gathering, joint data analysis and reporting, elaboration of situation reports, newsletters, inputs for media etc.

OUTCOME2: Joint advocacy strategy of civil society implemented before the Government, strengthens the efficacy of the programs oriented to the attention and prevention of chronic malnutrition of mother and child.

The following will be done in order to achieve the proposed outcome:

  • Establishment of the Advocacy Commission of the Civil Society Organizations Committee for the SUN implementation.
  • Elaboration of a Joint Advocacy Plan to be implemented before State Actors who have roles related to the adequate implementation the Window of Thousand Days through workshops (3 national, 6 regional/ local).
  • Meetings and joint activities with  Working Group, composed by  implementing institutions of the Zero Hunger Program in health and nutrition issues (through PAHO/WHO), the institutions of the National Food And Nutrition Security System (FNSS or SINASAN) nationally and region/local level  with representatives of the  Civil Society Advocacy Committee, meeting on regular basis; semiannual seminars for sensitization and review of program progress, with municipal public and sectoral authorities at local /Regional level in the prioritized regions.
  • Public Opinion mobilization through events with columnists and opinion formers on the implementation of Thousand Days Window Program, including with research and studies reports.

OUTCOME3: Massive communication campaign to inform and empower women; strengthening their capacity to demand quality health services for both mother and child, launched.

The following activities will help achieve this:

  • Launching a massive communication campaign at national and local level, with a multi-ethnic and multi-lingual approach.
  • Production and broadcasting of radio programs by the Adolescent Communicators Network.
  • Monthly monitoring of communication media and Social Networks maintenance (Face Book) about the approach of prioritized subjects (Web SCG).
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