Canadian international assistance in Peru

Despite its status as a middle income country, Peru has a number of communities that experience poverty, inequality, environmental crisis and social conflict. In parallel with its impressive economic growth rate over the last decade, poverty (using the national poverty line) declined from 56% in 2005 to 21.8% in 2015 (latest data).

This encouraging national statistic unfortunately masks the inequalities of indigenous peoples, those in rural areas and women and girls in particular. As reported by the World Bank, extreme poverty (under US$1.90 a day) declined from 27.6 percent in 2005 to 9 percent in 2015. The areas of extreme poverty are largely concentrated in rural areas, particularly in highland and Amazon regions.

As Peru works to stabilize its status as a middle income country, and to prevent backsliding into poverty and conflict (especially following frequent natural disasters), it will need to continue to benefit from the technical and governance expertise and support of countries such as Canada.

Our international development assistance

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Canada’s international development program focuses on reducing poverty and inequality to achieve a more democratic and inclusive Peru. The current focus is on education, economic diversification and governance, with particular attention on the rights of women and girls, climate change and indigenous peoples. Programming is aligned with the priorities of both the Canadian and Peruvian governments.

Education and vocational training for youth

Canada is helping to reform the Peruvian education system, leveraging Canadian expertise in multicultural and bilingual approaches to primary education as well as modern planning and management. Canada also supports quality, gender-sensitive education that includes the integration of sexual and reproductive health information for older children in secondary school. Vocational training for youth, especially girls and marginalized youth, is another key area for Canada’s development support.

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Economic Diversification for marginalized communities

A number of projects complement vocational training by supporting economic diversification with small agricultural producers, cooperatives and micro and small enterprises.

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Transparency, accountable governance and democracy

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