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GOAL will carry out 24 projects in the Northern Triangle region of Central America in 2022 to benefit more than 600,000 people – Guatemala

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GOAL outlines plans to expand programs in an increasingly fragile and highly urbanized region at today’s ‘Ireland in Central America’ conference

At today’s ‘Ireland in Central America’ conference, hosted by the Irish Embassy in Mexico, delegates will learn how GOAL has implemented emergency response programs in the region of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) and longer-term programs to promote equitable and inclusive programs. , and sustainable market systems, resilient health and climate-resilient food security, since 1998. In 2022, more than 150 GOAL employees will deliver 24 of these €20 million projects in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador and these projects will benefit more than 600,000 people.

To determine program delivery needs, the GOAL LAC team cites four areas of focus:

  • CLIMATE CRISIS: The LAC region is one of the most vulnerable in the world to disasters from natural and man-made threats. Climate change poses new challenges to the Region with increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events including heat and drought, tropical glaciers, coral reef bleaching and sea level rise, increased biomass and carbon losses, lower high yields for wheat and maize and increased risk. diarrheal diseases, dengue and malaria.
  • INEQUALITIES AND REDUCTION OF SOCIAL COHESION: The LAC region includes some of the most unequal countries in the world (according to the World Economic Forum’s GINI index), including Colombia, Honduras and Haiti (Haiti is by far the poorest country, ranking 163 out of 187).
  • MIGRATION: Migration to the United States from the countries of the northern triangle of Central America (Guatemala, Nicaragua and Honduras) and migration to the interior of the region (the migration of Haitians to the Dominican Republic) has been a trend for many years and, in the last five years, there has been an exodus of Venezuelans to other countries in the region.
  • URBANIZATION: 80% of the population lives in urban areas in 2021, which has accelerated over the past 10 years due to climate change, conflict and increased rural exodus.

Speaking at today’s ‘Ireland in Central America’ conference, Bernard McCaul, GOAL Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), said: “The LAC region, one of the most unequal regions in the world, is experiencing increasing levels of fragility, reduced social cohesion and informal urbanization. Latin America is already the most urbanized region in the world and it is estimated that by 2025, 86% of the population will live in cities and towns. It is also estimated that a third of the population of Latin America currently lives in what is defined as extreme poverty by the UN, living on $1.90 a day.

“GOAL works in partnership with local authorities, international organizations, grassroots organizations and UN agencies to implement programs in acute humanitarian crises, triggered by man-made or natural disasters. GOAL also works to respond to chronic crises caused by growing urban and rural food insecurity, violent neighborhoods controlled by high-risk gangs, and climate vulnerability,” continued Bernard McCaul.

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Brian Vandamme
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