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Alleviating Poverty: Land Conflict in Guatemala. Laura Cash David Lefebvre Jason Liu Shelina Merchant Julie Vaeth. Be the change. Agenda. Root cause of Guatemalan poverty: Land Mercy Corps overview Integrated approach to resolving land conflict Financing and efficiency

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Alleviating poverty land conflict in guatemala
Alleviating Poverty: Land Conflict in Guatemala

Laura Cash

David Lefebvre

Jason Liu

Shelina Merchant

Julie Vaeth

Be the change


Agenda
Agenda

  • Root cause of Guatemalan poverty: Land

  • Mercy Corps overview

  • Integrated approach to resolving land conflict

  • Financing and efficiency

  • Key conclusions


  • Unequal Wealth Distribution

  • Lack of Health and Education

  • Poverty







Hernando de soto s thesis
Hernando De Soto’s Thesis

  • Developing countries lack a formal property system

  • It’s impossible for the poor to leverage informal land ownership into capital

    • As a result, farmers remain trapped in subsistence agriculture


Does guatemala fit into this thesis
Does Guatemala Fit Into This Thesis?

  • Guatemala is currently the only country in Central America that lacks a national property registry

    • Over 50% of Guatemalan landholdings are not currently registered

  • 77% of rural farmers engage in subsistence agriculture


Mercy Corps

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

-Mahatma Gandhi


Mercy corps a broad overview
Mercy Corps: A Broad Overview

  • Founded in 1979

  • Provided $1.3 billion in assistance to people in

    100 nations

  • Focus on transitioning countries

  • 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Candidate


Mission & Strategy

Mission

Mercy Corps exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities.

Strategic Approach

Enable community-led and market-driven recovery

Discover social innovations

3. Inspire others to engage in global challenges


Projects in Guatemala

  • TIERRAS - Integrated Land Conflict Mediation

  • Improving health systems in rural areas

  • Engaging youth in HIV/AIDS awareness

  • Investing in local capacity


Strategy in Action in Guatemala

ENABLE

community-driven recovery

INSPIRE

DISCOVER

social innovations


Mercy corp s land strategy in guatemala
Mercy Corp’s Land Strategy in Guatemala



Situation with mercy corps
Situation with Mercy Corps

“The process was just because it defended our dignity as a people.”

MercyCorps


Rather than viewing the poor primarily as consumers, an alternative approach is to focus on the poor as producers and to emphasize buying from the poor. The only way to alleviate poverty is to raise the real income of the poor.”

-AneelKarnani


Relationship between farmers and markets
Relationship Between Farmers and Markets

Little knowledge sharing and low returns on goods

middlemen

Low value added products


Relationship with mercy corps
Relationship With Mercy Corps

Greater knowledge sharing

Access to new, larger markets

Mercy Corps

NGOs

Corporations

Governments

High value added products that are in demand

Sustainable income for generations


The social enterprise spectrum
The Social Enterprise Spectrum

Purely Commercial

Purely Philanthropic

Mercy Corps




For every 4 cents spent on fundraising,

Mercy Corps receives $1 in funds.

Every $1 raised can provide $20.89 in food and other critical supplies


Comparison shows mercy corps is more efficient
Comparison Shows:Mercy Corps is More Efficient



Questions?

Be the change


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