Belize
Total Projects: 77
Project Spending: $64,153

At the crossroads of Latin America and the Caribbean, Belize is considered a development success story. Home to a diverse, heterogeneous, multilingual citizenry, its small population of 360,000 is mainly employed in agriculture. Belize has met UNDP goals of reducing child mortality rates and is making strides in maternal health and literacy. Despite these successes, one third of the population still lives in poverty. The marginalization of the indigenous Maya and the lack of recognition they receive from governing authorities are growing issues as is the emerging regional divide between the more developed north and less developed south of the country. Cash crops like sugar have led to greater economic prosperity but leave rural villagers vulnerable to fluctuations in the market and with less land to sustainably grow their own food for subsistence. Geopolitical tension with neighboring Guatemala has been a persistent theme although the conflict is arbitrated by multilateral bodies. Nevertheless, given the largely stable nature of the Belizean government, development actors hope to use the country’s model to enhance regional security and stability.

Discover Projects in Belize

Las Sartenejeñas Cooperative

Las Sartenejeñas Cooperative

Belize
2013
Health Care Manual with Visual Literacy

Health Care Manual with Visual Literacy

Belize
2011
Children's Literacy Project

Children's Literacy Project

Belize
2011
Project CONNECT

Project CONNECT

Belize
2009
A United Goal

A United Goal

Belize
2009
Hands-On! Project

Hands-On! Project

Belize
2009
Art and Literacy in Punta Gorda

Art and Literacy in Punta Gorda

Belize
2008
Kids in Action

Kids in Action

Belize
2008
San Lucas Village Library and Sports Betterment

San Lucas Village Library and Sports Betterment

Belize
2008
Belize City YWCA - Education For Girls

Belize City YWCA - Education For Girls

Belize
2008
Earth Day Art Competition

Earth Day Art Competition

Belize
2008
Burranco Village Chess and Sports Team

Burranco Village Chess and Sports Team

Belize
2008
Library Student Mural

Library Student Mural

Belize
2008
Santa Teresa Chess Team

Santa Teresa Chess Team

Belize
2008