This is the M&E Thursday Talk from Thursday, February 21st, when John Jordan & Daniela Galindez of Mercy Corps Guatemala led a discussion on “Challenges around Preventing Violence Towards LGBT+ Populations.”
Mercy Corps’ CONVIVIMOS project is USAID-funded, and it mobilizes individuals, families, communities, and the government to reduce crime and violence in highly vulnerable, urban neighborhoods around Guatemala City. CONVIVIMOS also supports local organizations that work to prevent violence towards LGBT+ populations.
Jordan and Galindez discussed these efforts and how the CONVIVIMOS project has supported local research on preventing violence against LGBT+ populations. They also explained Mercy Corps Guatemala’s approach to addressing security issues for these undeserved populations, including lessons from previous research, and how the team is grappling with challenges around designing, monitoring, and evaluating activities that ultimately seek to reduce violence toward LGBT+ populations.