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Young Leaders to Ensure Compliance with Youth Rights

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Start project:
  • 2017
Donors:
  • Kerk in Actie
Partners:
  • FundaciĆ³n Myrna Mack

The general objective of this project is to contribute to strengthen the social leadership of indigenous adolescents and young adults in the province of Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. This seeks to be achieved by creating conditions that foster good living in the communities of San Cristobal, Santa Cruz and Tactic. It is developed by the Myrna Mack Foundation as part of a program that aims to provide more opportunities for indigenous youths in Guatemala and Nicaragua.

The current socio demographic structure of Guatemala shows that this is a country made up of young people, in which almost 70% of the population is under 30 years of age. From these youth, almost 60% are poor. Of the total population, 54% live in conditions of poverty and there is a close correlation between the impoverished population and the 40% of the population that is indigenous. The existing inequality between the indigenous and non indigenous population is reflected in limited access to health and education services, as well as to employment and markets.

The higher levels of poverty, lower levels of schooling, coupled with malnutrition and diminished health among indigenous populations, further complicate the demographic challenges faced by a nation with a young population. Racism in particular and discrimination for both ethnic and gender related reasons affect the lives of many youth and makes it really difficult for them to actively participate in the development of their society.

Overcoming this situation is a challenge for the country. To satisfy the demands submited by young adults who seek opportunities to escape poverty and exclusion, the nation requires to invest systematically and strategically in this population group, which needs the comprehensive promotion of its fundamental rights. The fact that each year only 3.8% of the nation's budget is invested in children and adolescents is an indicator that a significant part of the problem is rooted in ignorance, lack of capacity and political will.

Forest Governance in REDD+ and FLEGT: Mayan Biosphere Reserve

ACOFOP is a community-based association made up of 24 peasant and forest organizations that through Good Community Forestry Management, ...

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  • 2017
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Forest Governance Project: Mayan communities, Guatemala

The Forest Governance Project, financed by the European Union, is developed in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, by ...

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  • 2017
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Forest Governance Project: MAPF

The Forest Governance Project, funded by the European Union, is developed in Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, by ...

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  • 2017
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