Multi-Sector Alliance Program (Alianzas I and II)
Overview and Objectives
Alianzas I brought together public and private organizations to leverage USAID work to address Guatemala’s reproductive health, family planning, maternal and child health, nutrition, and education needs.
Alianzas II strengthened public-private partnerships to improve maternal and child health, reproductive health, family planning, HIV/AIDS, water and sanitation, nutrition, and education. URC was responsible for the health component.
URC executed the following objectives:
- Identified private entities interested in making investments in health projects for the most at-risk and vulnerable populations
- Served as a broker among private sector partners to foster alliances that allow projects to expand and have greater impact
- Monitored alliances to ensure technical and programmatic quality of interventions
- Nine alliances implemented health activities. Private sector partners included:
- Fundazucar, the social development arm of Guatemala’s sugar cane mills, which implements a program to empower women and thereby strengthen their food and nutritional security
- Funcafe, a rural development foundation of the coffee industry, which offers family planning, reproductive health and nutrition programs
- Tan ux´il, an NGO that uses the positive youth development framework, which focuses on young people’s strengths to promote healthy, productive adulthood
- Technical support from URC headquarters and staff of the Health Care Improvement project in Guatemala further ensured technical quality of the projects
- Attracted over $18 million from private sector organizations; estimates indicated that more than half the nation’s population benefited from the program
- Helped to develop a program that delivered maternal and child health care services to 26,000 mothers and 22,000 children
- Supported training for more than 5000 health providers to provide reproductive health and family messages and guidance