Prisma improves access to public services in health and education in Peru as well as provision of national identity cards through DFID funded project.
Prisma’s “Governance and Transparency” project’s achievements and lessons learnt were presented in the closing ceremony on 23 April. The Head Adviser of the Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion, Juan Antonio Silva, the Executive Director of Prisma, Delia Haustein, and the British Ambassador to Peru, James Dauris, attended the event.
The project has helped to improve the quality and coverage of health and education services as well as provision of state I.D. cards for children in 623 districts in the 14 poorest regions in Peru. The project was implemented in the regions of Amazonas, Ancash, Apurimac, Ayacucho, Cajamarca, Cusco, Huancavelica, Huanuco, Junin, Loreto, Pasco, Piura, Puno and San Martin.
These outcomes were achieved by increasing participation from civil society and building capacity of officials to enable them to better execute budgets and prioritise resources. These included the development of a course on public administration with ESAN (delivered across 7 of the regions) and the creation of numerous civil society “policing groups” for local budget transparency and appropriate administration.
The project was implemented between 2008 and 2013. It was funded by the Department for International Development- DFID (UK aid) for almost $7 million. The Peruvian NGO Prisma led the project’s execution in alliance with the Coordination Group for the Fight Against Poverty (Mesa de Concertacion de Lucha contra la Pobreza) and ESAN University; with the support from several organisations and institutions such as the Ministries of Health, Education, Development and Social Inclusion, amongst others.
During the closing ceremony, the British Ambassador said: “We are proud of the project’s achievements. We hope that regional and local governments, along with the civil society, in each region and district where the project was executed, will take forward the plans to consolidate the achievements and to take them further”.
UK aid in Peru
The British Embassy is working with a number of state and non-state actors in Peru to build capacity to create greater social equality for Peru’s poorest and most vulnerable.
Our human rights work in Peru focuses on women’s and children’s rights, supporting efforts to improve good governance, transparency and access to information in the public sector. We are supporting the new human rights national plan and the implementation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations.
Between 2008 and 2014, DFID’s investment in aid to Peru will total almost $13,500,000 million. Additionally, during 2012, the Embassy funded over $645,000 in projects in Peru to fight drug trafficking, provide assistance to human trafficking victims, promote inclusion of disabled people’s through sports, education and collective memory (considering how best to approach the subject of Peru’s armed conflict in teaching), sustainable financial management, transparency in procurement processes, and sustainable transport policies and mobility reform in Lima.
“Governance and Transparency” Project - Testimonies
For more information about the “Governance and Transparency” project please visit:(available in Spanish only) http://www.prisma.org.pe/blog/gobernabilidad-y-transparencia/