Mariel Aguilar-Støen and Benedicte Bull: Norway’s contribution to peacebuilding in Guatemala, 1996-2016

Published as a NOREF report, 2017.


Twenty years after the signing of the Peace Accords, Guatemala continues to face serious challenges. While inequality and poverty have decreased in most other countries in Latin America, Guatemala has seen no such improvement. Social conflicts are common, violence is widespread and migration has increased steeply. Post-war Guatemala is not what those who negotiated the Peace Accords in the 1990s might have imagined and many of the structural causes of the war are still present. This report studies how the long-term engagement of Norwegian cooperation has contributed to peacebuilding in Guatemala. Norway has supported various initiatives related to the implementation of the Peace Accords in Guatemala in the 20 years since the signing of the agreements. Norway’s work has consistently focused on the same key issues: human rights, the rights of women and indigenous people, and the rule of law. This, together with Norway’s work with numerous Guatemalan partners and the multilateral system, has maximised results and increased the legitimacy of Norwegian aid.
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