Disaster risk management entails a development perspective which is vital for building an equitable and sustainable future in Guatemala. To this end, investments in preventing risks and preparing for risk reduction must be part of a joint and systematic effort by the state in coordination with all actors in society.
The Jotay: ACTing Together Program reinforces resilience capacities and prioritizes the goal of strengthening its own capacities and the capacities of partner organizations and community organizations involved in humanitarian responses, as key players in designing and implementing emergency mitigation, prevention, and response actions. The humanitarian actions that we undertake respond to people’s needs in a timely and efficient way, prioritizing their safety, dignity, and empowerment.
We hope to strengthen program advocacy in coordination with the ACT Alliance Forum in Guatemala to influence and change structures and mechanisms that impoverish, marginalize, and expose people to disaster risks.
Partner organizations with bolstered resilience to prevent, prepare, and respond to emergencies; in the context of humanitarian aid, guaranteeing dignity, rights, and differentiated needs of populations at risk of or affected by disasters.
Acting systematically leverages a preventative approach and community resilience towards disasters, and building local capacity ensures that people, communities, and Jotay partner organizations will be prepared for emergencies and able to respond to them adequately and promptly. Humanitarian responses should respect the commitments and criteria of the Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS), especially in regards to effectiveness, quality, and accountability. Our principal allies in this concerted work are the partner organizations and the ACT Forum; thus, the Program will contribute to their strengthening.
The priority outcome results are:
- R1: Communities’ (people’s and families’) and partner organizations’ capacities are strengthened in order to execute comprehensive disaster risk reduction strategies.
- R2: Families, communities, and partner organizations influence the CONRED system to ensure compliance with humanitarian standards.
- R3: The ACT Forum’s national advocacy capacity is strengthened for defending populations at risk and/or affected by disasters.
We conduct these activities:
- Diagnostic analyses of the program’s and partners’ capacities.
- Mapping of capacities, vulnerabilities, and risks.
- Capacity building of partner organizations in emergency preparedness and response plans.
- Capacity building around emergency response, core humanitarian standards (CHS), and psycho-social accompaniment.
- Capacity building around ACT Alliance’s humanitarian response mechanisms: rapid response funds and appeal funds.
- Facilitation of exchanges and concerted actions between partner organizations and communities around disaster risk reduction (DRR) and emergency response.
- Awareness raising on the occasion of international celebrations, World Humanitarian Day, and the International Day for Disaster Reduction.
- National, regional, and international advocacy and social leveraging actions for the fulfillment of humanitarian principles and guidelines.
- Strengthening links with the ACT Alliance, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT).