Alianzas Multi-Sector Alliances Program

In 2014, we successfully concluded a 10-year project that significantly improved health services and educational opportunities—and established a new, sustainable model for development—for the people of Guatemala, Nicaragua, and El Salvador.

Funded by USAID, the Alianzas project formed alliances to extend coverage and improve the quality of existing health and education services.

Alianzas focused on maternal and child health, including promoting breastfeeding and family planning, as well as community and school nutrition, and workplace programming in support of HIV prevention.

Throughout the program, Alianzas delivered impressive results:

  • 202,008 women and children had increased access to maternal and child health services.

  • 172,494 women and children gained access to projects on growth monitoring and promotion of improved feeding and health and hygiene practices.

  • 92,153 individuals were counseled on child health practices.

  • 18,684 children received immunizations.

  • 8,228 high-risk individuals received preventive interventions for HIV.

  • 2,238 community health workers were trained to provide integrated management of childhood illnesses.

Alianzas favored projects that worked on increasing reading performance and completion of primary education. In total, the project delivered improved learning opportunities to more than 330,000 children.

For example:

  • 168,551 books or other learning materials were provided.

  • 10,711 teachers received training.

  • 1,585 girls completed sixth grade with assistance from scholarships.

  • 4,340 boys and girls received secondary school scholarships.

  • 2,198 students received post-secondary and university scholarships.

In addressing development challenges, Alianzas sought to develop strong partnerships to leverage knowledge, experience, and funding from the public and private sectors. In total, Alianzas raised more than $35 million from the private sector.

RTI played a key role as a broker between entities interested in financing social sector interventions and local implementers or service delivery organizations, negotiating geographic location and interventions to maximize the health and education benefits to the poor and other beneficiaries at the community level.

By fostering the collaboration of resources and competencies, Alianzas established a shared commitment to making sound social investment.