Guatemala Threshold Program

MCC is partnering with the Government of Guatemala to improve governance and create opportunity for Guatemalan youth. Our $28 million threshold program works to enhance the quality of secondary education to prepare Guatemalans for the job market, reduce opportunities for corruption in customs and tax administration, and attract private investment to support infrastructure development.

While Guatemala has experienced moderate economic growth since the end of a decades-long civil conflict in 1996, high population growth and high levels of economic inequality have led to more than half of the country’s population living below the poverty line. With its focus on economic growth and ability to incentivize countries to make tough reforms, MCC is playing a critical role in advancing U.S. interests in Central America and addressing underlying issues that are driving migration and security

  • Grant Total
    $28,000,000
  • Grant Committed
    $13,378,579
  • Grant Expended
    $2,999,113
  • Monitoring & Evaluation
    $1,700,000
  • Program Administration
    $800,000
  • Signed:
    April 8, 2015
Education Project

This $19.3 million project is supporting the Government of Guatemala to improve the quality and relevance of secondary education to prepare its youth to succeed in the labor market. The threshold program is supporting efforts by the Ministry of Education to develop programs that improve teacher skills, the quality of teaching, and the effectiveness of technical and vocational education and training.

The project is helping to promote high-quality teaching in lower-secondary schools by supporting the Ministry of Education to develop, implement, and refine a continuous professional development system for teachers, as well as establish school networks to improve learning and accountability. MCC is also supporting the Government of Guatemala to develop new tools and strategies to advance the country’s technical and vocational training and education system by designing and implementing new curricula that better meet labor market demand.

Resource Mobilization Project

This $5.8 million project increases revenues by improving the efficiency of tax and customs administration within the Government of Guatemala.

MCC and the Government of Guatemala are working together to undertake reforms to improve tax and customs revenue by:

  • reducing the rate of rejected audit cases,
  • using risk management to facilitate clearance of low-risk cargo and compliant traders at ports of entry,
  • focusing on high-risk cargo and traders,
  • implementing a post-clearance audit program for customs, and
  • improving control of the physical movement of people and cargo.

The project is supporting the government’s efforts to implement and promote transparency in public-private partnerships, and seeks to bring one or two projects to market by funding studies and transaction advisory services.