In Guatemala, secondary education, health service delivery, and water delivery were improved in seven target communities, benefitting 6,000 people including children, youth, and Maya‐Q’eqchi’ indigenous peoples in the Maya Biosphere Reserve. Furthermore, community organisations have demonstrated more profitable and sustainable natural resource management.
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- Due to the rural, isolated nature of communities within the Maya Biosphere Reserve, the quality and coverage of basic services such as education, health care, and access to potable water were extremely poor
- Communities lacked the organisational capacity and advocacy skills to demand government provision of services, or to access municipal or private funds to improve conditions
- Community forest concessions had weak and sometimes corrupt financial and administrative management practices, leading to acquired debt
- A new, legally recognized sub‐municipal organisational structure, called the “Community development council” had been put forth just before the GTF programme began