Global Health Projects: Guatemala

Strategic Alliances for Social Investment (Alianzas) (2005-2014)


United States Agency for International Development


Alianzas is an innovative effort to address high-priority health and education issues in Guatemala. Since 2005, the program has achieved great success in bringing together organizations from different sectors. The Alianzas project has leveraged $18.4 million from private sector organizations and over 9 million Guatemalans, more than half the nation's population, have benefited from Alianzas activities.

RTI recently began implementing the follow-on project. Under terms of the new agreement (2010-2014), USAID will contribute almost $25 million to activities in Guatemala. RTI is required to leverage twice that amount through investments from other organizations.

RTI and its partner University Research Co., LLC will identify organizations that will leverage and extend USAID's investment directed at programs that improve education, maternal and child health, reproductive health, and HIV/AIDS interventions. RTI regional experts will help leading regional and multinational companies explore new and sustainable ways to enhance their corporate social responsibility investments and increase their impact.

The program emphasizes building the capacity of local partners through workshops and training events to ensure that organizations can sustain their work after the project's completion.

The new agreement, covering the Central America and Mexico region, includes the potential for up to $15 million of additional USAID funding to expand into additional social sectors and geographic regions, including possible projects in economic growth and transparent governance.

Key achievements from the first five years of Alianzas in Guatemala include

  • 104 private sector alliances formed involving 183 partners
  • More than 100,000 scholarships awarded
  • More than 150,000 textbooks delivered
  • 80 computer labs installed
  • Almost 7,500 teachers trained
  • More than 350,000 people received reproductive health and family planning messages
  • 26,000 mothers and 22,000 children took part in a maternal/child health program
  • More than 5,000 health providers trained
  • More than 46,000 people accessed safe water after Tropical Storm Stan
  • 7.4 million Guatemalans received the vaccine to eradicate measles and rubella