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Priorities of the Joint Programme Integral and Sustainable Rural Development in Ixil include raising the resilience of local communities to withstand socio-economic, environmental, and climate-relator stressors. Stakeholders designed the joint programme on a foundation of biodiversity, natural resources, adaptive recovery, and risk management components to better address multi-dimensional poverty, food security, lack of access to quality health and education services, poor water and sanitation systems, and income inequality in Guatemala.

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Large percentages of the population in Guatemala are exposed to various risks caused by natural and man-made phenomena, situations amplified by extreme weather shocks and low levels of emergency preparedness and disaster risk responses at the local level. Continued lack of resources increases the level of risk people face when disaster strikes, not only aggravating inequalities but endangering human security and sustainable development. What is more, the bulk of these issues have intensified in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, education services in particular.

In response, stakeholders of the Joint Programme Integral and Sustainable Rural Development in Ixil focus on implementing sustainable projects in the districts of Nebaj, Cotzal and Chajul, which are the most affected regions according to data from a national Poverty Analysis Territorial Multi-dimensional study. Gender and economic inequality, along with environmental degradation factors and climate shocks limit the realization of those living in these areas, affecting rural and indigenous populations, and women the most. The Government of Guatemala, United Nations, and local partners understand that integrated rural development can only be sustainable if it is locally led. To this end, programme action is closely aligned with multiple national development plans that focus on nutrition, climate change, disaster risk reduction, social development, gender mainstreaming, and rural development.

The Joint Programme is built on a rights-based model centred on empowerment and protection. The empowerment axis entails a bottom-up approach and is aimed at expanding the capacities of people and communities to make informed decisions, act for themselves, and increase their participation in shaping their social and political realities. The protection and humanitarian response axis, meanwhile, is comprised of a top-down approach where people can access support that will help develop their capacities so they can fulfill their roles and responsibilities in a dignified and rights-focused manner. 

Theory of Change

The Joint Programme theory of chance recognizes that if right holders have greater access to basic services (e.g., food, health, education, housing, water and sanitation, etc.) and favourable living conditions, they will gain access to sustainable alternatives for generating income, build a greater adaptive capacity to face the risks of climate change, and find ways to sustainably use natural resources—in a way that respects local ecosystems and biodiversity. Furthermore, conditions are created that make space for increased political/social participation, and raised resilience to socio-economic and environmental stressor. Other outcomes include:

  • Increased ability to improve food security and health.
  • Increased access to quality social services that are culturally sensitive and contextually relevant.
  • Improved use of natural resources.
  • A citizenry equipped to advocate for bringing about an end to gender-based violence and/or promote gender equality.
  • Women are inspired to become democratic and active members of society.
  • Women and youth have access to innovative and sustainable alternatives for generating income.
  • Community organizations are better able to promote peaceful and inclusive governance with a focus on local development, management of water, ecosystems and biodiversity that incorporate the Mayan worldview.

Stakeholder action, it is hoped, will reduce poverty related to nutritional food security, as well as declining health, education, housing, water and sanitation indicators by 2026. Generating new, sustainable sources of income for rural communities and raising their climate resilience will pay out dividends by way of increasing the rate of local participation in multiple development processes; expanding local management of sustainable, natural resources; increasing operational efficiency and quality of public investments, governance and accountability, and improving risk management and comprehensive care for all, especially the most vulnerable. The Joint Programme will reach the most underserved and marginalized: Indigenous people, rural dwellers, children under five, and youth.

Governance Structure

National Steering Committee 

Strategic mechanism that ensures the relevance, effectiveness and replicability of the program. Members provide strategic guidance to partners and orient programme action while ensuring all interventions are aligned with government policies and programmes. Through budgetary, approval, advocacy, and liaison roles, the Steering Committee promotes the effective coordination of action at all levels to improve the relevance and effectiveness of outcomes and mitigate causes of multidimensional poverty in Ixil.

Programme Management Committee

Guarantees compliance with signed agreements to facilitate cross-sector and inter-municipal coordination for Joint Programme implementation. Members monitor policies and strategic guidelines; coordinate complementarity action; review work plans, budgets and annual and final reports; update the Annual Operating Plan; identify good practices and lessons learned, and ensure Municipal Development Plans are gender sensitive, locally oriented, and risk sensitive.

Territorial Interagency Coordination

The Unit is made up of four territorial thematic managers, one for each participating agency, who are responsible for operationalizing and coordinating programme implementation; ensuring strategic policies and guidelines executed; designing and using the best-fit monitoring instruments; aligning programme actions with actors in the three regions, and developing effective, efficient and timely methods of communication.

Administrative Agent

Recipient Organizations receive funds through the Administrative Agent, the MPTF Office. The Administrative Agent is responsible for the receipt, administration and management of contributions from donors, disbursement of funds to Recipient Organizations, and consolidation and dissemination of progress reports to donors.  

Participating UN Organizations

Programme implementation is the responsibility of each Participating UN Organization. Each organization is programmatically and financially responsible for resources received.



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Key Figures
Funding Status
Participating Organizations are required to submit final year-end expenditures by April 30 in the following year; Interim expenditure figures are submitted on a voluntary basis and therefore current year figures are not final until the year-end expenditures have been submitted.
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Funds with Administrative Agent
Contributions from Donors 2,974,240  
Interest and Investment Income (from Fund) 785  
Interest (from Participating Organizations) 0  
Total source of funds   2,975,025
Transferred to Participating Organizations 0  
Refunds from Participating Organizations 0  
Administrative Agent Fee 29,742  
Direct Cost 0  
Bank Charges 9  
Total use of funds   29,752
Balance with Administrative Agent   2,945,274
As a percentage of deposits   99.0%
Funds with Participating Organizations
Transfers to Participation Organizations 0  
Total resources   0
Participating Organizations' Expenditure 0  
Refunds from Participating Organizations 0  
Total expenses     0
Balance with Participating Organizations   0
As a percentage of transfers   0%
Total Balance of Funds   2,945,274
As a percentage of deposits   99.0%
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