Working towards these commitments
Secure Tenure Rights
Secure territorial rights for Indigenous Peoples
The organisation’s mission is to consolidate a dialogue and coordination space that promotes equitable and sustainable development and helps strengthen peace and democracy, through participation and advocacy in policy-making.
CONGCOOP emerged in late 1992 as an alliance of civil society actors with the shared goal to support the collective and organized return of refugees within the framework of a reintegration process to Guatemalan society, therefore addressing the urgent need to begin building the rule of law in the country. Since the signing of the Peace Accords in 1996, CONGCOOP has focused its activities towards fulfilling a comprehensive implementation, with a special focus on the subjects CONGCOOP addresses in its work. We are a coordination body of NGOs and cooperatives, gaining strength from its internal articulation as a social actor, which promotes and coordinates development proposals to address equality and justice; and which participates in policy-making as an advocate in the building of a country that is multi-ethnic, multicultural and multilingual, and that incorporates an approach of gender equality and environmental respect.
The objectives of the organization include, firstly, the implementation of the Peace Accords; the promotion of a globalization which focuses on analysis and proposals on the production-trade-development relationship; the supporting of citizen participation, which means participating in and generating action for gendered citizen participation in development at local, regional, national and international levels; the furthering of socio-productive rural development, which means developing capacities so as to increase the living standards of rural people in a situation of exclusion; the protection of the environment and water resources, which includes understanding the issues of water and environment from the point of view of natural resources management; and the understanding of human rights in their broadest sense, ranging from fundamental rights to economic, political, social, cultural and environmental.
CONGCOOP's constituencies are its members and rural people in general.