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  • USAID´s Inclusive Value Chains program works with 10,000 small producers, to strengthen their organizational capacity, increase their productivity, and broker long-term commercial relationships to guarantee the sale of their products

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  • With USAID’s support, Paraguay is implementing its third Open Government Partnership plan which includes commitments from 25 public institutions to increase transparency, ensure government accountability, and promote citizen participation.

  • Thanks to USAID’s Effective Inclusion project, Paraguay's most important fashion event, the Asuncion Fashion Week, welcomed the inclusion of people with disabilities.

  • USAID works to strengthen the capacity of community water organizations that provide water to 100,000 Paraguayans living in isolated rural communities

  • Thanks to USAID’s Inclusive Micro-finance Opportunities project, Agripina (center) who has a physical disability, joined a women’s Village Bank and received a loan to start a small shop, where she sells basic home supplies.

Inclusive Value Chains Program by USAID/Paraguay and FECOPROD
Calling in a Matchmaker Has Dairy Farmers, Processors in Paraguay Seeing Stars (and Increased Profits)
Models with disabilities in Paraguay
Models with disabilities in Paraguay

About Paraguay

Paraguay, a landlocked country about the size of California located in the heart of South America, recently joined the upper middle income category.  With nearly 7 million people, this small but open economy has had an average growth of 5% over the last decade. However, Paraguay’s growth is very volatile, and mostly reliant on natural resources.  Paraguay is the fourth-largest soybean and the sixth largest beef exporter in the world.  Unfortunately, and despite this steady growth, inequality persists, with a GINI Index of 51.67 (2015).

Paraguay has a relatively young democratic history dating back to 1989, after the fall of a 35-year long military dictatorship.  Although much progress has been made under the current administration in terms of transparency and government accountability, institutional weaknesses and governance challenges remain, including social inequality, an authoritarian tradition, weak civil society, and judicial corruption and impunity.  Public administration is riddled largely with a complex web of informal networks based on nepotism and political patronage. 

To address the priorities of the Government of Paraguay, our programs focus on strengthening key public institutions, fighting corruption and reducing poverty and inequality.  USAID’s programs are implemented mostly through local civil society organizations and in close coordination with Paraguayan government counterparts and international donors.

Contact Information

Mission Contact

Sunil Xavier, Country Representative
Juan de Salazar 364 c/ Artigas

USAID Contact

Marko Dolan
, DC