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1 Demanding Good Governance in Belize By Kali Brgant, Carol Budna, Kyle Lovell, Laura Magnuson, and Emily May

2 Problem Statement: Corruption Stuns social progress and hurts economic development Creates a “corruption trap” Growing Debt Favors Inadequate representation (UNDP Discussion Paper 3: Corruption and Good Governance)

3 Literature Review: SPEAR Report Impacts of corruption on Belize: 3.7 in Corruption licenses Perception Index Alleged ballot-box switching in elections Import granted as political favors National Poverty Elimination Strategy: Enhance economic growth Improve access and quality of Social Services Modernize the state and improve governance Environmentally Sustainable Development

4 Literature Review: Nov 2006: Central American Corruption Conference Promoting Transparency through the Guatecompras program: All government spending transactions tracked through the internet Adopted by 305 government agencies Freedom of Information Act

5 Literature Review: US keeps Belize Dependent Consumer Goods, Cultural Imperialism, and Underdevelopment in Belize Import licenses Import restrictions Consumption of foreign goods Subsidies used to politically reward or punish

6 Partner: SPEAR Society for the Promotion of Education, Advocacy, and Research Formed in 1969 Mission: to struggle for justice democracy sustainable development

7 Good Governance in Relation to Millennium Development Goals Education Health Environment Global Partnership for Development

8 Project Description Striving for good governance in Belize Encouraging community involvement in local politics Strategic Planning Retreat Promoting SPEAR in Cayo: Independent Reformer Newspaper Article Brochure Yaad Talk

9 Addressing Political Corruption in Belize: Strategic Planning Retreat Furthered understanding of a NGO in action SPEAR’s transition Mission Vision Aligned partnership Illustrated need for SPEAR in Cayo

10 Addressing Political Corruption in Belize: Independent Reformer Newspaper Article Used Independent news source to: Promote Galen partnership with SPEAR Promote SPEAR as an organization Advertise Yaad Talk event

11 Addressing Political Corruption in Belize: Brochure History Current Projects Future Goals Getting Involved More Information

12 DEMANDING GOOD GOVERNANCE IN BELIZE What: Community discussion When: Thursday April 12, :30 pm- 8:30 pm Where: Hode’s Place Free food and forum for discussion Ask Questions Find Solutions Fight for Change

13 Addressing Political Corruption in Belize: Yaad Talk Promoting awareness of SPEAR and its cause Fostering discussion of pertinent political issues Providing forum for Cayo community on the topic of political reform

14 Results Strategic Planning Retreat: Solidified partnership Illuminated project potential Newspaper Article: Promoting event Publicizing partnership with SPEAR Brochure: Raising awareness of SPEAR among Belizean population Yaad Talk: Inaugurated SPEAR’s presence in Cayo District Raised community issues relating to political reform

15 Future Recommendations Consistent community forums Increase volume and distribution of SPEAR literature Continued struggle for accountability and transparency Achieve Justice, Democracy and Sustainable Development in Belize

16 Special Thanks SPEAR Gustavo Perera Gary Flomenhoft Participants and Audience of Yaad Talk


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