Our involvement in Peru dates back to the early 1980s, with a growing recent emphasis on advocacy. By developing partnerships with thought leaders, academics, media, politicians, international organisations and the private sector, our partners – including Grupo Impulsor, a high-level advocacy coalition formed in 2008 – have helped to raise early childhood on the public agenda and shape national and regional policy and budget decisions.
Decades of funding Peruvian NGOs to demonstrate models of childcare, pre-school and parenting have informed our Parents+ work in the country. Notably, we are building on our work on home visiting to support community health workers in the states of Loreto, Ucayali, Huancavelica and Apurimac, with the aim of reaching over 100,000 families by 2020 and inspiring similar programmes in other Peruvian states.
We are also working to bundle parent support services with employers (including the Peruvian police service), micro-credit groups (in partnership with the Inter-American Development Bank) and churches.
A few examples of partnerships in Peru:
That early childhood has risen up the political agenda in Peru in recent years is thanks in large part to the work of Asociación Salgalu in organising the Steering Group, an advocacy movement comprising influential, high-profile citizens.
Research conducted by Grupo de Análisis para el Desarrollo (GRADE) revealed the magnitude of the problem of violence against children. Now improvements to data collection are underway to help track the effectiveness of interventions. Working with higher levels of government,
Asociación Red Innova has demonstrated how rural municipalities in Loreto can deliver home visiting services with financial and technical support. Scaling this model nationally is now being explored.
INFANT’s “Infancia sin Castigo, Infancia sin Violencia” campaign was instrumental in a recent law banning corporal punishment. This grassroots, child-led organisation is continuing to lead campaigns on violence and living conditions.