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Guatemala: the multi-bilateral project for the development of social policy for young people concluded

City of Guatemala - The multi-bilateral project MAae/Dgcs-Undp "MUNIJOVEN: strengthening of the City of Guatemala Municipality for the development of local social policy for young people", has drawn to a conclusion in its fourth year.  The project will now be continued with funds from the Municipality of the City of Guatemala that has approved a budget of around 2 million dollars for 2016.

The MUNIJOVEN project focused on the need to improve structural and educational facilities to develop and implement public policies to address youth problems in the capital. To this end, MUNIJOVEN has financed professional training courses in the main labour market sectors, benefiting more than 5,000 young people. This policy was financed and approved this year by the municipal authorities to promote integrated actions to improve coordinated strategies for young people.

In specific terms, the municipal policy aims to strengthen MUNIJOVEN projects with particular attention paid to technical and professional training for young people who come from vulnerable and/or social isolated situations and their employment in private companies through the creation of public-private strategic alliances. The Municipality will also encourage youth involvement in voluntary and civic education activities, and the consolidation of networks and existing youth structures in the construction of a network of voluntary activities in the area.

The programme has been positively received by international entities in Guatemala, as well as institutions and associations operating on a national and regional basis, for its efforts to unify forces and actions in support of the young. The project, supported by the private sector in Guatemala, will now continue through strategic alliances with this sector to create appropriate employment opportunities for young people who have completed technical-professional training.

According to the local authorities, the programme has been able to reach a significant number of beneficiaries and supported local institutions in actions to prevent and reduce juvenile violence.