USAID’s Nexos Locales Project was officially launched on November 20, 2014 at its headquarter office in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala.  The launch event drew over 280 participants from civil society, local government, Guatemalan institutions, USAID implementing partners, and the USAID Mission.  Members of the press were out in full force as the mayors of Quetzaltenango, San Marcos, Huehuetenango, Quiche, Totonicapan and Southern Quiche, were in attendance to show their commitment in strengthening municipal capacity  and civil society to foster more responsive, inclusive, and effective socio-economic development while reducing local vulnerabilities such as food insecurity and natural disasters. In order to achieve this goal and the objectives of both USAID and other development partners, local governments must be able to better manage public resources and deliver services in an efficient and transparent manner.  Strong and inclusive municipal governments are crucial for local development and are key to the sustainability of interventions supported by the United States Government (USG) in Guatemala. The interest shown by the public and USAID partners and key institutions of Guatemala in the Western Highlands was a true testament to the importance placed on local governance and their capacity to tackle some of the region’s greatest needs.

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