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MIDES and CATIE present results of pilot project for social registration of households in Guatemala
- The pilot project was carried out in the village of Pancá, in the municipality of Momostenango in the department of Totonicapán
November 16, 2020 On November 12, within the framework of the work of the Municipal Commission for Food and Nutritional Security with emphasis on the protection of Children and Adolescents (COMUSANNA, its Spanish acronym), the Ministry of Social Development (MIDES, its Spanish acronym) of Guatemala and the National Nutrition Information Platform Project (PINN), financed by the European Union and executed by CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) presented the results of a pilot project for the Social Registry of Homes (RSH).
Sandra Recinos, nutrition advisor of the PiNN Project, reported that one of the results of the project is to collect existing information for the National Information System on Food and Nutrition Security (SIINSAN, its Spanish acronym). For this reason, in coordination with MIDES, an inter-institutional technical team was formed which included the participation of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food (MAGA, its Spanish acronym), the Secretariat of Food and Nutritional Security (SESAN, its Spanish acronym), the Municipality of Momostenango and CATIE. This multidisciplinary team supported in the design of the tool and in the data collection, which allowed to collect and register information from 147 houses, 180 families and 817 people
Emerson Arevalo, systems analyst at MIDES, indicated that this registry allows for the identification of people who need access to the goods and services provided by the state in terms of social protection and to support the process of evidence-based decision-making, in order to apply criteria to identify the target population and benefit households. In addition, Arevalo added that the instrument is aimed at improving the Guatemalan state's capacity in terms of social investment.
Arevalo also said that one of the challenges facing institutions at the national level is to share specific information from administrative data linked to social development issues, to complement information from households and individuals, as well as to link that administrative data with food and nutritional security and family welfare, in order to integrate the information into the Social Registry of Homes.
For the municipal authorities, it is important that this pilot experience be developed throughout the municipality, since this will make it possible to respond to families in a situation of vulnerability, who lack basic services, whether through local management, private initiative or cooperation.
Finally, Esau Guerra, SESAN's delegate at the departmental level, highlighted the importance of this process for the elaboration of a response plan for the families; he also emphasized that it is necessary to share the information with the population surveyed and the municipal authorities grouped in the Departmental Commission for Food and Nutritional Security (CODESAN).