• Social programmes: some significant advances

    24 January 2016

    The Ollanta Humala administration has been attacked from both left and right on its various shortcomings and its vacillating stance on a number of key issues, however, one area where it deserves some credit is in that of social policy.

  • Presidential race: 19 candidates put hats in ring

    18 January 2016

    The deadline for inscriptions passed at midnight on 11 January with an unprecedented number of would-be candidates throwing their hats into the ring for the 10 April elections. We list who they are, alongside their candidates for first and second vice-presidents respectively.

  • Toromocho: Chinese appear to be trying hard

    18 January 2016

    At Morococha, in the department of Junín, the idea of creating a ‘new town’ had been shelved when Chinalco took over the Toromocho project in 2007. The idea was swiftly resurrected, and today it appears that the majority of residents have chosen to move to the town of over a thousand rent-free houses and five schools.

  • Choosing names for Congress

    11 January 2016

    With just three months to go to election day on 10 April, Peru’s myriad parties and alliances are busy producing the lists of candidates they will put forward for Congress. Their number will be larger than ever. Candidates for the presidency had to register by midnight on Monday, 11 January.

  • Proética demands seriousness on corruption

    11 January 2016

    Wálter Albán, the former ombudsman and interior minister and now head of the NGO Proética, has appealed to the candidates in the presidential elections to get serious about their supposed commitment to dealing with corruption.

  • Niño phenomenon threatens drought in the south

    20 December 2015

    Much of the government’s attention in responding to the El Niño meteorological phenomenon has been focused on the danger of flooding. However, Niño years can also produce drought, for which the long-term consequences for a peasant economy can be far more serious than floods.

  • Interest rate rise spooks market

    20 December 2015

    The international community has been in panic mode on behalf of Brazil following this week's rise in the federal reserve bank rate. Almost 50% of private sector debt in Peru is denominated in dollars, so of course Peru is watching international developments closely.

  • The Museum of Memory opens its doors

    20 December 2015

    On 17 December the Lugar de la Memoria, la Tolerancia e Inclusión Social (LUM) was finally inaugurated by President Ollanta Humala.

  • Sierra Exportadora seeks diversification in the highlands

    20 December 2015

    The government's programme 'Sierra Exportadora' provides a potential instrument in spreading the benefits of mining. Created in 2006 under the auspices of the Office of the President, it got off to a slow start but is now gaining momentum.

  • Elections: deadline for alliances passes

    13 December 2015

    The deadline for alliances between parties passed at midnight on 12 December in advance of the presidential elections next 10 April. The deadline produced a number of last-minute political deals.

  • 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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