Guatemala: Capacity-Building amongst the Mam People in Economic Water and Sanitation Governance
The Joint Programme's goal is to promote an integrated water management system that will help guarantee wider provision of, and access to, water and sanitation in urban and rural areas of the Mam region of Guatemala. It is focusing on the role and contribution of Mam communities in the design and implementation of Government public initiatives through improved dialogue.
The programme is also strengthening local government, especially jointly-constituted bodies, in order to achieve effective economic management. Functioning on three levels – local, national and international – it also aims to achieve results in three areas, in line with the agreements reached by Governments in the Millennium Declaration of the year 2000: productive rural development, good governance and the fight against social exclusion.
The Joint Programme in action
JOINT PROGRAMME QUICK FACTS
- National and local capacities have been strengthened for planning. Two national policies have been developed and approved: National Policy on Water Resources Management (2011) and National Policy on Water and Sanitation. Another regional water policy has been developed for the Association of Municipalities of the Mancuerna region.
- 250 staff members of ministries have been trained on water management through a Diploma certificate programme.
- Municipal Offices for Water and Sanitation services have been strengthened in each of the eight municipalities of intervention. Technical and administrative support, as well as training has been provided.