Peru: Social Policy 'achieved' by articulating sectors and levels of government

LIMA, PERÚ - OCTUBRE 17. Paola Bustamante, Ministra de Desarrollo e Inclusion Social, supervisó en el colegio San Martín de Porres de Comas la entrega de desayunos escolares de Qali Warma. Foto: ANDINA/Juan Carlos Guzmán Negrini.

16:03 | Lima, Aug. 11.

Peru's social policy implementation is possible thanks to well-articulated interventions carried out by different sectors and levels of government, the Deputy Minister of Social Benefits of the Ministry at the Development and Social Inclusion (Midis) Normal Vidal affirmed.

The Peruvian official currently participates in an international seminar held in Santiago de Chile.

In the event, organized by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the German State-run Agency for Technical Cooperation (GIZ), the official indicated that institutionalism enables social efforts to be undertaken in a consolidated basis, which leads to good results in terms of assisting people, who require help the most without depending on someone’s will.

“When there is institutionalism, people do not depend on someone’s will, since the policy and intervention strategy are comprised in the State structure […],” the government official told Andina news agency.

Vidal went on to add the Peruvian case, which draws other countries’ interest, aims at specific goals, such as: child nutrition (Qali Warma), early childhood development (Cuna Mas), pension for the elderly from underprivileged areas (Pension 65) and providing scholarships to talented youngsters, who cannot afford university tuition fees (Beca 18), etc.

Among the concrete results, in 2010 chronic malnutrition rate was at 23.2% among children aged under 5. By 2015, the rate was reduced to 14.6%. With regard to households with access to water and sanitation, the coverage was at 67.4% (2010). It currently reaches 72.5%.


Published: 8/11/2015