Guatemala Threshold Program Education Sector Analysis

URC conducted a detailed assessment of Guatemala’s education sector to share recommendations for targeted education policy reforms with MCC, the Ministry of Education, and other stakeholders. The work emphasized:

  • Vocational/technical education,
  • Gender sensitive programming to ensure the needs of girls are adequately met as well as those of boys,
  • Cost-effectiveness,
  • Monitoring and evaluation,
  • Country ownership, and
  • Sustainability. 

MCC intends that these activities will inform Guatemala’s broader educational policy agenda and the activities of other development partners operating in-country.

This work comes through a new contract mechanism URC received in October 2013 focusing on health and education. MCC is making extensive use of this mechanism to acquire services needed to accomplish its mission of helping the world’s poorest countries reduce poverty through economic growth.

Key activities were:

  • Conducted an analysis that:
    • Assessed the quality of and access to education
    • Examined the interplay among health, nutrition, and education programming
    • Explored vocational education and training opportunities
    • Focused on factors that:
      • Constrain efforts to improve school capacity;
      • Limit access to and completion of primary school and successful transitions to secondary school, particularly for girls, children in rural areas, indigenous populations, and children living in poverty;
      • Affect instructional quality, the quality and relevance of teacher training, and the quality and distribution of instructional materials; and
      • Limit the ability of Ministry officials and other stakeholders to obtain reliable data.
  • Designed future education programming
  • Provided technical assistance to education programming



Latin America and the Caribbean


Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)