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


Alianzas I

  • 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

Alianzas II

  • 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



Latin America and the Caribbean

HIV/AIDS, Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health, Nutrition, Reproductive Health and Family Planning


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