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Guatemala 'Linking knowledge to policy advocacy in the context of the global economic crisis' (Innovation)

Year: 2009-2011
Major Area: Policy, Advocacy and Partnerships for Children’s Rights
Language: English

Abtract:
While there has been some recent economic growth in Guatemala, signalling a recovery from the global economic crisis, its effects on children and adolescents are not yet visible. Since 2008, UNICEF’s office in Guatemala has supported measuring the impact of the economic crisis on the most vulnerable populations, including children and adolescents, in collaboration with the Central American Institute of Fiscal Studies (ICEFI) and other partners. The analyses examined the multi-faceted aspects of the impact of the crisis, providing evidence to inform national dialogues on public policy. Based on this analysis, in October 2010, ‘Te toca’ (It’s your turn), a large multimedia advocacy and communication initiative, was launched with the aim of impacting the 2011 electoral process. Ultimately, ‘Te toca’ seeks to obtain a commitment from the new government to eradicate hunger, violence and impunity. The results of the electoral campaign will have a significant impact on the implementation of policies and actions of national and municipal public institutions beyond 2012. This case study describes the process of generating knowledge on children and adolescents in the context of the economic crisis and how the knowledge fed into formulation of policy recommendations and subsequent advocacy efforts.

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