Congressional Testimony: The Roots of Central America’s Exodus

CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY AS SUBMITTED FOR RECORD AND DELIVERED BEFORE A FULL COMMITTEE HEARING OF THE US SENATE COMMITTEE ON HOMELAND SECURITY AND GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS.  Over the past five years, slightly over 100,000 unaccompanied migrant children from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador have been apprehended at the US southern border. They are but…

Kevin Casas-Zamora

Congressional Testimony ˙ ˙ US Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs

Migration, Remittances and Development

This document offers an introduction to the migration dynamics in Guatemala and proposes an approach to leverage opportunities.

Manuel Orozco

Presentations ˙


A compilation of the Dialogue’s reports, articles and presentations on the most important issues shaping migration flows in the Central American region.

Articles & Op-Eds ˙


A compilation of the Dialogue’s reports, articles and presentations on the most important issues shaping Guatemala’s development.

Articles & Op-Eds ˙

Report Card on Education- Guatemala

In the last 10 years Guatemala has made great advances. The consolidation of the democratic system and the signing of the peace process have created a more favorable climate for education. However, there are still social and economic development problems. Guatemala is a country of young, multilingual and multicultural people.…

Reports ˙

Education: A Challenge of National Emergency

Despite recent progress made the education reform in Guatemala, especially starting in the 90s, our educational performance remains unsatisfactory. Even though the number of students assisting and finishing primary school has increased significantly in the last years, our children are still far from attaining the school level our constitution requires…

Reports ˙

Comentarios a la “Encuesta sobre Migración Internacional de personas guatemaltecas y Remesas (OIM)”

El jueves 16 de febrero, el Organismo de las Naciones Unidas para la Migración (OIM) presentó los resultados de la Encuesta sobre Migración Internacional de personas guatemaltecas y Remesas. La encuesta se realizó a más de 3,000 familias en 170 municipios de Guatemala para definir un perfil del migrante guatemalteco en el exterior, las características de los migrantes de retorno, así como el volumen y uso que se le da a las remesas.

Manuel Orozco

Presentations ˙

Progreso educativo en Guatemala

En julio de 2002 se concluyó el informe de Progreso Educativo de Guatemala, promovido por la Comisión Internacional sobre Educación, Equidad y Competitividad Económica, de PREAL. La reducción del analfabetismo y de las inequidades educativas, el aumento de la cobertura, una mejor preparación de los docentes y la elevación de…

Reports ˙

Central America

Central America faces a wide range of challenges in the global context, of which organized crime, access to trade and financing, and outbound migration are a few. This is a compilation of the most relevant Dialogue’s reports on the region.

Articles & Op-Eds ˙

Educational Challenges in Guatemala and Consequences for Human Capital and Development

In terms of human capital, Guatemala lags behind in an increasingly global economy. In its Human Capital Index, the World Economic Forum ranked Guatemala as number 94 out of 130 economies. Although a multifaceted concept, learning has a significant role in building human capital, as education –including enrollment, quality and attainment— impacts the future of the labor force. In this article, we review the educational landscape in Guatemala, including literacy, K-12 education, and workforce development.

Manuel Orozco

Issues Shaping Central America

A compilation of the most relevant Dialogue’s articles, presentations and reports on Central America: its development challenges and policy options.

Articles & Op-Eds ˙

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Elections Series – Making Sense of Guatemala’s Upcoming Elections

As Guatemalans got ready to vote in presidential, legislative, and local elections scheduled for June 25, 2023, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted a panel discussion with Guatemalan experts on the overall context in which these elections would take place.

Tamara Taraciuk Broner

Event Summaries ˙

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Who Is Positioned to Become Guatemala’s Next President?

A Latin America Advisor Q&A featuring experts’ views on Guatemala’s presidential election and the upcoming runoff.

Naomi Roht-Arriaza, Juan Carlos Zapata S., Mike Allison, Donald J. Planty

Latin America Advisor ˙