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Stakeholders of the Joint Programme Comprehensive Rural Development in San Marcos work according to a multi-sector, multi-dimensional and multi-level action model that puts people at the center and improves well-being and resilience indicators for those people residing in Altiplano Marquense. Interventions are designed to strengthen local governance and public institutions in addressing climate change, socioeconomic and gender inequality, food insecurity, natural resource management, biodiversity, and disaster risk management with a view to generating sustainable and integrated outcomes.

Fund scope

People living in the district of San Marcos, Guatemala, face a host of challenges linked to socio-economic stressors, climate change, natural disasters, poor governance, and upticks in violence. Furthermore, the impact of COVID-19 has exacerbated poverty, inequality, and gender-based violence, reduced human development in rural and indigenous communities, and increased vulnerability by way of low health access and coverage.

The JP Comprehensive Rural Development in San Marcos focuses on the design and delivery of integrated multi-sectoral, multi-dimensional and multi-level initiatives model that are rights-based, gender sensitive, and public facing regarding the promotion of social, economic and environmental development. Programme stakeholders work closely with local government to meet the needs of their populations and boost participation rates in local social and governance processes. Interventions in 10 rural provinces take advantage of advances and lessons learned from previous joint programmes, and look to them when consolidating processes (e.g., women’s empowerment), embedding principles from international agreements like the 2030 Agenda, Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, or Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, and aligning programme action with the Strategic Framework for Cooperation for Sustainable Development of the United Nations 2020-2025 and ten multi-modal national development plans and policies. Sustainability and scalability are central features of the Joint Programme.

Theory of Change

Public institution staff have made great strides in revamping regulatory policy frameworks and projects to guarantee the well-being of entire communities. Despite this, institutional challenges remain that need to be addressed while, in tandem, expanding local capacities to strengthen legal approaches and institutional frameworks that serve the members of San Marcos. Strengthening the management and resilience aspects of civil society organizations is one way of increasing citizen participation in development processes and bringing more women and youth into the fold.

If the bearers of obligations (municipal governments and sectoral institutions) expand their capacities, accessing the means (technical, administrative and financial) to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of services, increase accountability practices, implement territorial development plans focused on agricultural production, climate change adaptation, raising resilience to extreme weather events, lowering socio-economic risk factors, and improve the channelling of public investment, then local governments can increase the quality and efficiency of public investment, governance, accountability and territorial management. In short, they are better equipped to use public investments for programmes and plans that meet the needs and demands of citizens, and incorporate approaches inclusive of gender equality, sustainable natural resource management, adaptation to climate change, disaster risk management, economic inclusion, protection and comprehensive care, and resilience—especially for the most vulnerable.  

People, especially women, youth and children, can improve their quality of life, level of food security, and access to basic services by increasing their overall sense of well-being and resilience. The Joint Programme strategy is oriented towards institutional strengthening, coordination, and network growth to generate impact in the areas of inclusive, sustainable development and empowering members of local organizations to use public resources in ways that have broad, community benefit.

Governance Structure

National Steering Committee 

Members ensure Joint Programme relevance, effectiveness and replicability by providing strategic guidance to partners and aligning programme principles with government policies and frameworks. The National Steering Committee is responsible for budgetary, approval, advocacy, and liaison tasks and effectively coordination action at all levels to improve the relevance and effectiveness of outcomes in San Marcos.

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; identify good practices and lessons learned and ensure local development plans and policies are gender sensitive, locally oriented, and risk sensitive.

Territorial Interagency Coordination

Comprised of four territorial thematic managers, members of this coordination mechanism 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 those carried out by other 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 2,092,984  
Interest and Investment Income (from Fund) 553  
Interest (from Participating Organizations) 0  
Total source of funds   2,093,536
Transferred to Participating Organizations 0  
Refunds from Participating Organizations 0  
Administrative Agent Fee 20,930  
Direct Cost 0  
Bank Charges 9  
Total use of funds   20,939
Balance with Administrative Agent   2,072,597
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   2,072,597
As a percentage of deposits   99.0%
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