Fundación Propaz: The Evolution of a Mediation and Peacebuilding Strategy in Guatemala

  • Ruth J. Parsons
  • Tamra Pearson d’Estrée
  • Andrés Álvarez Castañeda
  • Carlos Alberto Sarti Castañeda
Part of the Rethinking Peace and Conflict Studies book series (RCS)


This chapter documents the development, practices, and processes of Fundación Propaz, a nonprofit organization, founded in 2003 in Guatemala, to promote consolidation of peace, democracy, good governance, and the prevention and settlement of conflicts at the end of Guatemala’s 36-year Civil War. Originating from the Organization of American States, during the Peace Accords of 1998, Fundación Propaz was aided in its early development by expertise offered through conflict resolution trainers from US scholars, and has evolved into a uniquely hybrid model of intervention consisting of basic tenets of Western institutional models and traditional indigenous practices.


Fundación Propaz Conflict resolution Peace Accords Mayan communities Mediation Dialogue Skill Development Leadership Cultural contextualization Mediation strategies Empowerment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ruth J. Parsons
    • 1
  • Tamra Pearson d’Estrée
    • 1
  • Andrés Álvarez Castañeda
    • 2
  • Carlos Alberto Sarti Castañeda
    • 3
  1. 1.Conflict Resolution InstituteUniversity of DenverDenverUSA
  2. 2.Universidad de Valle de GuatemalaGuatemala CityGuatemala
  3. 3.Fundación ProPazGuatemala CityGuatemala

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