Impact | Positive
Civicus Rating | Obstructed
In July, the Guatemalan government launched the NGO Portal, a digital platform with fiscal information on transfers of public funds destined for social organizations. The initiative is part of the National Innovation Plan, allegedly intended to improve access to public information by citizens through digitization and monitoring. The portal is already enabled on the Ministry of Public Finance website, and has data on 270 social organizations that receive state funds for the development of their activities, funds granted and disbursed in the fiscal years 2016-2020. The user can also access information on the physical and financial progress that organizations make in compliance with their commitments. At the launch, President Alejandro Giammattei declared that “we all have the right to […] know exactly how the funds are used and the objectives for which they are assigned, and that there is no deviation in the meantime.” Aside from the professed intentions, some organizations have warned that access to public funds is not equitable.