USAID Communities Leading Development

Working in partnership with Catholic Relief Services, NCBA CLUSA will help establish a local Community Development Fund as part of the new $50 million Communities Leading Development Project in Guatemala funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development. Other project partners include Mercy Corps, ADIPO, Caritas Los Altos and Caritas San Marcos. The Communities Leading Development consortium will work to improve the quality of life for vulnerable populations, including women, indigenous people, youth and people with disabilities, in some of Guatemala’s most marginalized communities. Communities Leading Development will work with 200 communities in the five departments targeted by USAID, including Huehuetenango, Quetzaltenango, Quiché, San Marcos, and Totonicapán, to support communities in creating and transparently implementing their own development plans over five years, through 2021. The project aims to empower communities through participation in the development and implementation of community development plans, identify and prioritize community needs and assets, improve resilience through strengthened community social cohesion, and build alliances with the public and private sector for community development at scale. NCBA CLUSA’s role includes $4.2 million to set up and sustain a Community Development Fund eventually funded at $25 million and to promote private sector investments.

Cross-cutting issues



  • Guatemala>Totonicapan
  • Guatemala>San Marcos
  • Guatemala>Quiche
  • Guatemala>Huehuetenango
  • Guatemala>Quetzaltenango


  • Agriculture
  • Economic Recovery and Development

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