UNDEF funds a project to create a more inclusive democracy in Guatemala by increasing the participation and recognition of indigenous women and traditional Maya community authorities. The project, active in in Chisec and Raxruha, northern Alta Verapaz, focuses on more effective participation of indigenous women and indigenous community representatives in Municipal Development Councils and other public planning and decision-making processes.
Latin America and the Caribbean
UNDEF funds a project in Paraguay to strengthen women&rsquos grassroots organizations, train women in leadership and political processes, and enable them to interact with government.
After almost five decades of armed conflict, women are among the strongest forces for peace in Colombia. UNDEF supports an initiative for women´s participation in democracy as a means to peace and development. Implemented by the CorporaciónCentro de Apoyo Popular, the project works in the impoverished community of Soacha, which was at the centre of a deep controversy over alleged extrajudicial executions in 2008. By engaging women in public policy at the municipal level, the project helps address the area&rsquos social and humanitarian problems originating from armed conflict.
Il est aujourd’hui admis que la reconstruction d’Haïti -- après le terrible séisme que le pays a connu en 2010 -- ne peut pas être que physique. Elle doit être aussi et surtout intellectuelle, psychique. Mieux encore, il incombe à chacun des acteurs de travailler à la refondation de l’Etat-Nation. C’est dans cette perspective que s’inscrit le projet "Education civique des jeunes de province pour la reconstruction d’Haïti" financé par le FNUD.
In the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí, UNDEF funds a project to build civic participation to promote democracy and human rights, with an emphasis on youth, women and civil society.
The Inter-American Court of Human Rights recently underwent extensive reform, including new rules of procedure to improve victims’ access to legal representation. The new rules facilitate procedural equality between parties, increase transparency, and advance more consolidated participation by the alleged victims. Those without access to legal representation are represented by pro bono justice professionals rather than, as before, by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights or by civil society organizations with specific agendas.
An UNDEF-funded initiative continues to operate in the northern Guatemala province of Alta Verapaz, even after the government declared a state of siege there in December 2010 in response to massive drug-related violence. The project works to offer alternatives to young people in the face of growing domination by drug gangs in the province. The initiative, implemented by the Asociación de Amigos del Desarrollo y la Paz, trains young people in community leadership, management skills, rule of law, local governance, and effective dialogue.