Background for the National Strategy
Guatemala is a unique country in the Central American isthmus because of its multiculturalism, linguistic diversity and a new sense of mutual respect cultivated among its citizens.
The global economic crisis beginning in 2008 has had a major impact on Guatemala, reflected in a reduction of commercial activity, slower export growth, a drop in imports and a decrease in remittances from emigrants, particularly those residing in the United States.
According to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the economic crisis will lead to 849,300 Guatemalans living below the poverty threshold, meaning that their incomes will only cover the basic family shopping-basket. UNDP estimates that the downturn has caused 733,500 Guatemalans live in extreme poverty, making do with less than a dollar a day to cover their needs.
Another problem faced by the Guatemala is its government’s scant capacity to collect taxes. Guatemala is the nation with the second lowest tax burden in Latin America.
Opportunities for advancing elements of Avina's continental strategy in Argentina include initiatives to support recycling, improving public access to water, mitigating climate change, preserving the Amazonian biome and promoting inclusive markets.
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Work done by Avina and its allies to ensure the sustainability of the Amazonian biome ecosystem and to protect the quality of life for local populations has resulted in the conservation of 80% of the delicate ecosystem.
For years, Avina has worked in this initiative in different Latin American countries, enabling Uruguayan recyclers to learn best practices in the region and, in turn, to disseminate information on the work carried out in the country. Avina has collaborated with and facilitated the establishment of some cooperatives.
Avina’s commitments and engagements in Nicaragua demonstrate that the mobilization and coordination among different sectors of society can transform the management of Latin American cities, as well as encourage public administration guided by indicators and specific goals to improve the quality of life for all citizens.
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Access to Water
Through initial investments, Avina has identified community solutions that are producing tangible, sustainable and scalable results to increase access to water.
South American Chaco
Over the past decade, Avina has supported the formation of international networks in the South American Chaco and collaborated with these new partners to advance the cause of sustainable development and environmental protection. Avina and its allies have identified and supported productive solutions that are not only sustainable, but that also demonstrate the viability of preserving the environment while producing economic value in the region.
To ensure migrations are a source of prosperity and integration for Latin America, link the collaborative work between different sectors of society at the local and global levels, and channel efforts towards a regulatory, institutional and ethical framework of dignified, formal, democratic and sustainable human mobility.
Expansion of the Concept of Corporate Social Responsibility in Guatemala
Avina’s ally, Guillermo Monroy, has brought the concept of CSR to a growing number of businesses and commercial organizations in Guatemala, including the Trade Association of Exporters of Non-traditional Products, the Guatemalan-American Chamber of Commerce and the Mines and Quarries Union.
Between 2006 and 2008, the number of companies that had adopted the tenets of corporate social responsibility had increased from 49 to 90.Of these, 30 companies are small and medium-sized enterprises. All of them won the Rural Productivity Award for having incorporated CSR as a corporate management practice.
2.- Approved Legislation on the National Security System and Establishment of the National Agreement to Promote Security and Justice
In 2008, Avina’s ally, Enrique Álvarez, participating in the Guatemalan Security Advisory Council and Security Commission of the Political Parties’ Forum, headed the preparation of a bill for the Framework Law for the National Security System. Avina contributed by strengthening Álvarez’s leadership in promoting a wide-ranging exchange of ideas among the various stakeholders participating in formulating the law.
In 2009, the National Agreement to Promote Security and Justice was established in Guatemala. This agreement establishes a series of concrete actions aimed at strengthening the justice system, based on the participation of all sectors of Guatemalan society.
Avina strongly supported the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (Comisión Internacional Contra la Impunidad en Guatemala – CICIG) in its calls for implementation of the Citizen Observatory, a tool designed to monitor legislation and legal practices.
Within the framework of this nationwide agreement, several bills are in the process of gaining approval which also contain important reforms of the financial system, particularly new regulations on bank secrecy and governance of public corporations.