Articles

  • PPK: the first hundred days

    6 November 2016

    Although an arbitrary metric, the ‘hundred days’ is a useful one. Within this time-frame a new government will have settled in, ministers begun taking policy decisions and the initial optimism surrounding a new administration given way to more balanced and sober assessments. ‘Politics as usual’ should have settled in. So it has been with PPK (President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski) in Peru, who took office on 28 July, although no New Deal seems in prospect.

  • Police contracts with mining companies disclosed

    6 November 2016

    The contracts between a number of the largest mining companies and their local police forces for the protection of their mines have been receiving public attention lately, especially following the death from a police bullet of a protester at Las Bambas mine on 14 October. The government has announced that it will “revise the norms” applicable in such agreements.

  • Climate change, water and demands for compensation

    6 November 2016

    The increasing demand for water among urban users, irrigated agriculture and extractive industries is exacerbating shortages and leading to public policies that further prejudice the livelihoods of small-scale Andean farmers. Southern Peru provides some graphic examples of this.

  • Fire in Cantagallo leaves indigenous migrants bereft

    6 November 2016

    On 4 November, the Shipibo Conibo community that had established itself in a shanty town close to the River Rímac in central Lima was devastated by fire. More than 300 houses were burnt to the ground and more than 1,000 people lost everything they owned.

  • Fujimoristas place their own as new BCRP board members

    29 October 2016

    The Fujimorista majority, alongside their allies in APRA, has voted in three new board members of the Central Reserve Bank (BCRP). They include two candidates put forward by Fuerza Popular (FP), José Chlimper and Elmer Cuba, plus Rafael Rey, nominated by APRA members of Congress.

  • Las Bambas: road remains blocked to mine trucks

    29 October 2016

    The whole country is watching closely as the Kuczynski government attempts to deal with the critical situation at the Las Bambas in Apurímac where, two weeks ago, a protester was shot dead by the police. It was a wise move to send the vice-president in person, since he is a former governor of nearby Moquegua region.

  • Improving water supplies and sanitation

    29 October 2016

    Peru is among those countries most likely to be affected by climate change. The arid nature of the western highlands and the coastal strip already puts water supplies at a premium, and the speed at which glacial melt is progressing puts future supply at risk. The needs of mining and irrigated agriculture will simply exacerbate water shortages.

  • Las Bambas: Vizcarra contributes to the reduction of tension

    24 October 2016

    A visit by Martín Vizcarra, Peru’s vice-president, to Las Bambas on 22 October sought to resolve the stand-off between communities and MMG mining over the transshipment of minerals through community lands. Vizcarra promised to look into the problems that have arisen during a 45-day truce, but a number of the communities most directly involved have so far refused to lift their road blocks preventing mineral cargos leaving the mine for the port of Mollendo.

  • Kuczynski vows to fight corruption

    24 October 2016

    Still reeling from the corruption scandal created by his former health advisor, Carlos Moreno, Kuczynski announced five measures on 17 October to fight corruption nationwide. This had been a key priority in his address to the nation on 28 July. But barely three months later, he faces a crisis of confidence on this matter. Many perceive his choice of Moreno as an advisor as deeply problematic.

  • Snipping the SNIP

    16 October 2016

    The Kuzynski government has announced that it will be getting rid of the Sistema Nacional de Inversión Pública (SNIP), the system by which the Ministry of Economy and Finance controls the selection of projects to be implemented by sub-national tiers of government.

  • Historical Overview

    Over the past century Peru has suffered a series of autocratic governments and a civil war in which nearly 70,000 people died. Many of the country's ongoing political and social problems are a legacy of its somewhat turbulent past. 

  • Society and Conflict

    Peru’s indigenous and peasant communities continue to suffer political marginalisation and discrimination. Insufficient consultation with such groups over political and developmental decisions has fostered feelings of disenfranchisement and led to elevated levels of social conflict.

  • Climate Change

    Two important reports on the impacts of climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC ) Special Report on Emissions Scenarios and the Stern Review, place Peru as one of the countries that will be most affected by the effects of climate change.

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