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Guatemala Visible

Guatemala City, Guatemala
Joined November 2017

Social movement with real impact on government institutions



Presence in: Guatemala
Focus: Access to Information, Citizenship, Corruption, Education

Guatemala Visible is a civil society, non profit organization that seeks to strengthen state institutions through three key pillars: 1) educational programs & civic engagement, 2) development of technological tools, and 3) communication & diffusion of information. Guatemala Visible seeks to empower citizens through educational processes that foster activism and real change within institutions. We believe that a crucial part of strengthening and building democratic institutions requires a healthy, engaged audience that can demand accountability and transparency from their public officials. We also believe that in order to achieve this we need to develop tools that can help public officials and institutions improve their transparency and accountability processes. We have developed platforms, apps, and tool kits for Congress, the Supreme Court, the Supreme Electoral Tribune, and the Public Prosecutors Office. Specifically we have created a platform that tracks high profile cases of public officials available for citizens, an electoral app that empowers citizens to report irregularities during election time to the prosecutors office, etc. When developing our tools we take into account the feedback of our volunteers, participants in our programs, and other members of civil society. Guatemala Visible has over 56 thousand followers online combined in twitter and on Facebook. We stream online sessions that are of importance to citizenship garnering over 12K views annually and have trained over 11K people over the course of 6 years. We are also the leading organization in charge of monitoring selection processes for public officials and have covered over 20 individual processes with: online coverage, streaming, analytical essays, tool kit for the commissions, etc. Our goal is to continue developing tools that will empower citizens to become engaged and to audit the institutions that govern them.

People Associated With This Organization

Constanza Alarcon

Guatemala  
Guatemala Visible
Joined November 2017
Interests: Access to Information, Citizenship, Corruption, Education, Governance
Social justice activist based in Guatemala City. I'm a project manager for a local non profit that seeks to strengthen institutions through 1) civic engagement, 2) development of technological tools and 3) communication and diffusion of information. I was raised in Guatemala but studied abroad in the U.S. and Denmark specializing in political science and human rights. Looking to meet other activists like myself and learn form different regional and international experiences on how to foster the strengthening of institutions and civil society. Also interested in understanding how citizens can interact with their justice system and create external pressure to improve judicial processes.

María de los Angeles Fuentes

Guatemala  
Guatemala Visible
Joined October 2017
Interests: Access to Information
Guatemala Visible is a non-profit, non-partisan civil society organization created in 2009. The
organization was created by a group of young, private sector leaders with a commitment to
democratic principles (Further description can be found here. Our website is
www.guatemalavisible.org). We are very interested in every experience around the world, focused on advancing the rule of law in different contexts and other communities. We are also particularly interested in civil society experiences, corporate initiatives and academic feedback in all related subjects, etc. We appreciate the use of new technologies, namely electronic voting boards as a mechanism to promote transparency and accountability within the legislative processes or communications plans in non-traditional social media.
We hope to be able to incorporate new approaches for similar situations in different countries that will allow us to raise awareness on the importanceof transparency and accountability.
Constanza Alarcon is the network champion (main point of contact) for Guatemala Visible.

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